Lineage Society

Benefits of Membership: Networking

The most common excuse I hear for not joining a lineage society is “It won’t help me.” After all, a lineage society is just retired ladies having tea once in a while, right? What’s the benefit to someone who isn’t their age and doesn’t think tea is a fun social activity?

That image of lineage societies couldn’t be more wrong on several counts. First of all, age. While some lineage societies do have a minimum age – usually eighteen or twenty-one – there is a wide range of ages in most societies. Local groups may tend towards a specific age, but if you don’t match it, there’s often a group with a different age demographic a town or two over. Before dismissing a group as too young or too old, do a little research. Second of all, activities. Tea does still happen. But so too do cemetery clean ups, school volunteer days, and much, much more. While there is some truth to the retired ladies drinking tea, you may also find a group of 20 somethings out volunteering at a community event.

So, what does that mean for you? With a bit of research, you can find a group that meets your goals. That may be finding a new network in your new home town; finding a group of friends after college; or something else. And the best part – if you have to move or start over, the society will be waiting in your new location.

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Benefits of Lineage Society Membership: Scholarships

Your lineage society membership can qualify you or your family member for scholarships. Here are a few of the many options:

  • The Daughters of the American Revolution offers two scholarships specifically for children of members or their extended family. The Lillian and Author Dunn Scholarship is not subject specific; the Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship is intended for students in an accredited nursing school.
  • The General Society of Mayflower Descendants offers a scholarship for graduating high school seniors who are either active GSMD members or have parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents who are.
  • National Society Colonial Dames of America offers scholarships for both degree granting and continuing education. Their scholarships are not restricted to members.

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Benefits of Lineage Society Membership: Sharing Your Love of History

If you truly love history, you’ll be in good company at a lineage society meeting. Here are a few ways lineage societies honor and preserve history:

  1. The General Society of Mayflower Descendants is organizing the preservation of the National Pilgrim Meeting House, a structure built on the site of the first pilgrim meeting house.
  2. The Jamestowne Society is supporting an archeological dig near the 1617 church at Jamestown.
  3. Most National Society Colonial Dames of America societies own, manage, and preserve historic homes. NSCDA-CT, for example, maintains Wethersfield’s Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, a series of 18th and 19th century properties.
  4. Colonial Dames of America chapters each have a historic preservation project, ranging from long-term property management to short term funding of projects.
  5. In addition to local historic preservation projects, The Daughters of the American Revolution funds historic preservation grants.

And there are many more…