It's a story I hear a lot, usually from a genealogist in retirement. They're trying to organize their files and pass them down to their children. The children are telling them they do not want the papers. The reasons usually vary from family to family: lack of space, lack of interest, or something else. The… Continue reading “My kids don’t care about family history.”
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?
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
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?
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?
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?
When you're trying to gather dozens of records for a lineage society applications, it can be hard to know where to start. There are two steps that can save you time, effort, and stress: Verify that you can make all parent-child connections. Try to find documents tying the parents and children together, because if you… Continue reading I’m starting a lineage society application. What do I need to do first?
Thanks to the "Silver Books," the Mayflower Society has a ton of information easily accessible. Most historians prefer to fill out the application forms themselves. Is there value to hiring help? While you can definitely try to do an application yourself, there are a few reasons you might need or want to hire help. First,… Continue reading Common Mayflower Society Questions: Why Hire a Professional Genealogist?