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Do I need to have documents translated for my lineage society application?

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?

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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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New Year’s Resolution to finally do that 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?

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Avoid Common Lineage Society Mistakes: Plan for How You Spend Your Money

Almost no one goes in with a good understanding of the cost of the lineage society application process. That confusion leads people to one of two extremes. Either they assume the process should be free or they spend far too much money buying records they don't necessarily need. Planning ahead can help you spend your… Continue reading Avoid Common Lineage Society Mistakes: Plan for How You Spend Your Money

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I’m completing a Sons of the American Revolution Application. Do I turn in original copies of my documents?

Absolutely not! Whether the application is for the SAR, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, or another lineage society or heritage organization, DO NOT turn in original copies of your records. There are two reasons for this. First, they're not required. Second, some societies now scan the documents and shred the packet. Not only will… Continue reading I’m completing a Sons of the American Revolution Application. Do I turn in original copies of my documents?

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I’m doing a Mayflower Society application. Should I mark off what’s important on the document?

It can be really tempting to underline or highlight important facts on your documents when you're doing a lineage society application. After all, you're trying to make it easy for the registrar or genealogist. Don't! At least, don't do it yet. Why not? Societies are increasingly scanning documents for storage, and marking on the paper… Continue reading I’m doing a Mayflower Society application. Should I mark off what’s important on the document?

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I’m working on a lineage society application. What’s the best way to organize my paperwork?

Are you part way through a Daughters of the American Revolution or Colonial Dames application and struggling to figure out how to handle a pile of paperwork? Here are a few hints that might help: You'll need to know where everything came from. Don't just print out the document from Ancestry and add it to… Continue reading I’m working on a lineage society application. What’s the best way to organize my paperwork?