"How do I order the vital records for my application?" is one of the most commonly asked questions in lineage society research. Here's what you need to know for Connecticut records: There are limitations on access. Anyone can purchase a copy of a death or marriage certificate, although certain information may be blacked out. Birth… Continue reading I need vital records from Connecticut for a lineage society application. How do I start?
We've all seen them in our research - the beautifully compiled 19th century family history that includes profiles of prominent people in the community. They list our ancestor's parents, grandparents, and more. Can we use them as a source for a lineage society application? Not alone. There are a few questions we need to ask… Continue reading Can I use a county history for a lineage society application?
You know you qualify for the DAR, the Mayflower Society, or another lineage society and have always wanted to join - even though you never seem to get there. Is one of your resolutions to make this the year? Here's how to get started. (We're assuming you know your qualifying ancestor or a family member… Continue reading New Year’s Resolution to finally do that lineage society application?
After a crazy year, many of us want to start 2021 with a clean slate. That means sorting through and discarding papers. If you've had a lineage society application verified in 2020, you can discard some of your paperwork but not all. Here's a list of what you should keep (and why): A copy of… Continue reading My application has been verified. What documents do I need to keep?
When we talk about someone having "military" and "patriotic" service in the American Revolution, we generally mean that the individual provided support for the American cause by supporting the American Army. But that wasn't the only option. Shoreline communities, such as Saybrook in Connecticut Colony, supported the cause by building ships. The Oliver Cromwell was… Continue reading The Oliver Cromwell – A Connecticut Revolutionary War Source of Service
If your ancestor was a member of a lineage society, that dream may be more real than you've imagined. While it's not the case for every society, many store the applications and supporting documents of members - sometimes back to the society's founding. Those older documents can be a true goldmine, containing family records that… Continue reading Ever dreamed of finding a secret stash of your family’s papers?
(Partially a repost from May - with a few updates!) Two societies - the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution - permit applications from prospective members whose ancestors did not live in the (now) United States, provided those ancestors demonstrated support for the American cause. This includes ancestors from… Continue reading How do I document a DAR or SAR ancestor from Quebec?
When we talk about supporting documentation, we generally think about documents - things on paper. But "documentation" can include fabric too! Family samplers, a form of needlepoint with information on the family structure and vital records events, can also provide evidence of birth, death, marriage and relationships. According to the Smithsonian, the first known example… Continue reading Family Samplers: An unusual resource – and one you can still make
No birth certificate, no will. How do you document the relationship between parent and child to meet the standards of a lineage society, such as the Daughters of the American Revolution? For many families, land records can help fill in the gaps. You may not have had enough money to require a will nor the… Continue reading Land Records: An Underused Source in Lineage Society Applications
Family trees? Ancestry ThruLines? A family genealogy? Lineage societies have rules about records you can and cannot submit as supporting documentation. Knowing what those rules are can save you significant time and frustration. Check with your specific society before proceeding, but here are a few general rules. If a vital record (birth, death or marriage… Continue reading Avoid Common Lineage Society Mistakes: Know What Documents You’ll Need to Provide