Not necessarily. A few societies have a very restricted list of qualifying ancestors. The Society of the Cincinnati is the prime example. In order to begin the membership application process, the ancestor needs to be available - which means you need to know under which ancestor you are applying. The General Society of Mayflower Descendants… Continue reading Do I need to have an ancestor identified before I start the lineage society membership process?
If you've been invited to be considered for lineage society membership, it can be tempting to jump in feet first - but that's not always a good idea. You may want to take some time to learn your family history and/or identify likely lines before proceeding. Here's why. Some societies, such as the Society of… Continue reading Do I need to have an identified ancestor before joining a society?