From the GRS system of the Daughters of the American Revolution to the recent collaboration of FamilySearch, American Ancestors, and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, many of the American lineage societies are placing the details of older applications online. In some cases, it is just a transcription or image of the application; others include… Continue reading How reliable are lineage society application databases?
It doesn't matter whether you're joining the Dames or the Mayflower Society, lineage society application mistakes happen. But when they do, they can derail the process and leave you frustrated and struggling to finish your paperwork. Know the common errors going and learn how to avoid them. Know from the beginning this is NOT a… Continue reading 4 Common Lineage Society Application Mistakes – and how to avoid them
The simple answer is yes, the Daughters of the American Revolution will help with your application - but you may have to ask for it. The DAR has a couple of different systems for offering help, and each chapter participates differently. On the chapter level, your chapter registrar may do research, or the chapter may… Continue reading Common DAR + SAR questions: Will the Daughters of the American Revolution help with my application?
Whether you hope to join the Daughters of the American Revolution or the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, you've probably been asked to provide some birth, marriage or death records or certificates. You don't have them in the house. How do you proceed? Here are a few hints to get you started: You need to… Continue reading My lineage society says I need a birth, marriage or death certificate. What do I do now?
Interested in joining NSCDA (The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, also known as "the Dames")? Here's what you'll need to provide: For any generations that might have them, birth, death and marriage certificates. Alternate documentation for generations prior to vital records. Generally those born or died before 1900. This documentation should include… Continue reading What documents do you need to provide for a National Society of the Colonial Dames of America application?
Are you busy trying to prepare an SAR application? Here's what you need to know. You'll need to provide documents for all generations unless there is a DAR application on this line that meets specific criteria. For the first three generations, you'll need to provide birth, marriage, and death certificates for the person the line… Continue reading What documents do I need to provide for a Sons of the American Revolution application?
The Sons of the American Revolution is open to men 18 and older (younger men can be non-voting junior members in some locations) who are descended from individuals who supported the American Revolution. The requirements for ancestral service are similar to those of DAR: signing of the Declaration of Independence; patriotic service, such as giving… Continue reading I want to join SAR (The Sons of the American Revolution). How do I begin?
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) honors ancestors who supported the founding of the United States. Like other Colonial Dames societies, it requires both an invitation and documentation supporting the relationship between you and the ancestor in question. Yet, the unique structure of NSCDA means that the application process works a… Continue reading I’d like to join The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA). How do I start?
The Colonial Dames of America (CDA), one of the three groups referred to as "Colonial Dames," is based in New York but has chapters in locations as diverse as Melbourne, FL and Rome, Italy. To see if there's a chapter near you, visit https://cda1890.org/cda-chapters/. Although all chapters support the mission of the organization, each chapter… Continue reading I want to join The Colonial Dames of America. How do I start?
Unlike the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of the Cincinnati does not accept just any ancestor with Revolutionary War military service as qualifying descendants for membership. For your ancestor to qualify you for the Society of the Cincinnati, they cannot have served in the militia or held a non-commissioned rank. They… Continue reading I want to join the Society of the Cincinnati. How do I start?