Lineage society research has its own terminology. While some of the terms appear in popular culture, the meaning may be different in the lineage society world. What's a gateway ancestor? A gateway ancestor is an entry point to a line that's already been established to a qualifying ancestor for a specific lineage society. This term… Continue reading What’s a gateway ancestor?
If you're interested in joining a Revolutionary War lineage society, it's recommended that you use an ancestor already on file. However, with the exception of the Society of the Cincinnati, the recommendation is not a requirement. Most Revolutionary War lineage societies allow you to add new ancestors - provided that the ancestor meets their requirements.… Continue reading How do I document a new Revolutionary War ancestor?
As you're preparing a lineage society application, you may discover some of your ancestor's records are written in a non-English language. Because of the settlement patterns of the United States in the 18th and 19th century, French, German, and Spanish commonly appear in records. That usually raises a question: do I need to have these… Continue reading Do I need to have documents translated for my lineage society application?
There's a published history of your family. It traces your family back to a lineage society qualifying ancestor. Can you use it for the application? The short answer: maybe. Here are the questions you need to answer: Is it a published source or a written report? Yes, families do pass down pedigree charts (ie. family… Continue reading Can I use my family’s genealogy for a lineage society application?
Many families become extremely difficult to trace in the early 1800s. Migration routes were opening across the United States. New European settlements may have kept land records, but they often didn't have the resources to keep civil registration or easily store church records. Many of the records we would typically use to document birth, death,… Continue reading Family Bibles: a valuable source for a lineage society application
The release of the 1950 census has genealogists digging back into their census research. If you're in the midst of preparing a lineage society application, you're probably wondering if you can use a census enumeration as supporting documentation. The short answer: maybe. Here's what you need to know: Not every society accepts the use of… Continue reading Can I use the census in my application?
Thanks to the Connecticut Historical Society, a collection of Revolutionary War era manuscripts are now available for viewing on the Connecticut Digital Archive. This diverse collection includes images of several orderly books, hospital records, correspondence, muster and pay rolls, and more. Of particular interest is a document attesting that Backus Fox, a man held in… Continue reading A digital collection covering Connecticut in the American Revolution
Many people start the lineage society application process with the Sons of the American Revolution or the Daughters of the American Revolution. The fact that these societies allow applicants to reference previously submitted applications makes that first application seem manageable for most. But when it comes to doing a second application for a pre-Revolutionary War… Continue reading I joined the Daughters of the American Revolution. How do I find a qualifying ancestor for another society?
You're joining a lineage society yourself, but you're being asked for vital records for your spouse. Why? This is a question we get all the time. The basic answer: the societies are looking ahead to your children and grandchildren who may be interested in membership. Anything they already have on file, your descendants do not… Continue reading Why am I being asked for my spouse’s certificates?
Women supported the American cause during the Revolutionary War. Yet, most of the available records address men. Why - and how does it impact our research? In a word: coverture. Wikipedia's explanation of the legal principal is quite clear (and detailed, for those interested in the history). As the listing indicates, coverture is "a legal… Continue reading Why is it so challenging to document a female patriot?