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How much does it cost to hire a professional genealogist to help with your application?

This is the question no one ever wants to ask, but one that's crucially important. I'll be speaking here in general terms, so if you have questions about a specific case, please don't hesitate to contact me. When you're working on a lineage society application, you generally are deal with four sets of costs: The… Continue reading How much does it cost to hire a professional genealogist to help with your application?

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Direct line? Collateral? Why does it matter in my lineage society application?

These terms can feel confusing the first few times you hear them: Direct line means that you are descended from the ancestor through a parent-child relationship, ie. great-great-great-grandchild. Collateral line means that you are descended from the ancestor through their sibling, most often through an uncle-niece/nephew relationship. Whether you are direct line descendant or a… Continue reading Direct line? Collateral? Why does it matter in my lineage society application?

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Can I use Ancestry ThruLines as proof for a lineage society application?

The simple answer: no. The reasoning lies in how "ThruLines" are created. The following is from Ancestry's description: "We use the family tree linked to your test to find people who are in your tree and are also in your matches's linked trees. [...]" In short, ThruLines searches the submitted family trees of your DNA… Continue reading Can I use Ancestry ThruLines as proof for a lineage society application?

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Just the research or research and the application? :A question you need to answer when seeking professional assistance with a lineage society application.

Not every offer of professional assistance with lineage society applications is created equal. When you're searching for professional help with your lineage society application, it's important to consider whether you need help with just the research or with the entire application process, including the application forms. Choosing the wrong option may slow down your application… Continue reading Just the research or research and the application? :A question you need to answer when seeking professional assistance with a lineage society application.

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I’m going home for the holidays. Is there anything I should do on my application?

The holidays can provide a great opportunity make some progress on your lineage society application. (Even better, the project can give your family something to talk about and work on together!) Here are a few steps you can take: If you're just getting started, ask questions! There are often family stories about an ancestor's claim… Continue reading I’m going home for the holidays. Is there anything I should do on my application?

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Can the same person be a qualifying ancestor for multiple societies?

Don't worry, you're not the first one to wonder! Your grandmother or sibling has joined one society, and you'd like to join another - using their paperwork. Is it possible? Maybe. First of all, review the qualifying ancestor guidelines for the society you'd like to join and the society your family member joined. Is there… Continue reading Can the same person be a qualifying ancestor for multiple societies?

Lineage Society, Sources of Service

…”nothing is certain but death and taxes.”

Benjamin Franklin's quote may date to after the Revolutionary War, but the payment of taxes is considered to be a source of qualifying service for both the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. But which taxes? The Sons of the American Revolution requires that the taxes "support the War." The Daughters of the American… Continue reading …”nothing is certain but death and taxes.”

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Not the only colony – Plymouth and the New England colonies in the early 1600s…

With the focus on Plymouth Colony this time of year, it's easy to treat it as the center of European settlement in New England. The reality is far more complicated. While Plymouth may have the earliest date for European arrival, it was one of multiple colonies being established in the 1630s. These colonies were in… Continue reading Not the only colony – Plymouth and the New England colonies in the early 1600s…

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I have Canadian roots. Might I have Mayflower ancestors?

The simple answer: yes. If your family was from an area that was popular with the New England "planters" , Revolutionary War era Loyalists, or economic "Late Loyalists," they may have roots in colonial Massachusetts. If you want to identify Mayflower line ancestors, focus on using established techniques for researching planters, loyalists, or late loyalists.… Continue reading I have Canadian roots. Might I have Mayflower ancestors?

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How do I start my application to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants?

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants ("Mayflower Society") is made up of 54 member societies. To start your application, you need to begin by choosing the society to which you would like to apply. Some applicants choose a society based on emotional ties to an area. They may have grown up there, or it may… Continue reading How do I start my application to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants?