Lineage Society

I’m ordering vital records for my lineage society application. Do I need a certified copy?

The answer to this one is straightforward: no. Some states require you to purchase a certified copy every time you want to request a certificate. However, it's not required by any lineage society of which I'm aware. If an information copy is offered, go ahead and get it... And before you order anything, be sure… Continue reading I’m ordering vital records for my lineage society application. Do I need a certified copy?

Lineage Society

What does this word being used by my lineage society mean?

Lineage societies have a vocabulary of their own. If you're in the process of applying, knowing what the terms mean can make your life much easier! Here are a few common terms: Lineage Society: Also called a hereditary society, this is an organization that decides membership based on the actions of an applicant's ancestor. Qualifying… Continue reading What does this word being used by my lineage society mean?

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Can I use the results of a mitochondrial DNA test in a lineage society application?

First of all, what's a mitochondria? For those of you who don't recall your high school biology class: a mitochondria is a structure within the cell. It's often referred to as a cell's "energy center." There's a really good explanation here. Mitochondria have their own DNA, so they can be tested separately. It was long… Continue reading Can I use the results of a mitochondrial DNA test in a lineage society application?

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Land records: an underused source in lineage research

Land records are often a "source of last resort" for genealogists. Rarely fully indexed, they require us locating and accessing a separate index book (called a grantor/grantee index); copying down the volumes and pages that apply to our ancestor; and then going into each volume to copy the appropriate pages. It's time consuming and often… Continue reading Land records: an underused source in lineage research

Lineage Society

Can I use mitochondrial DNA testing in a lineage society application?

First of all, what's mitochondrial DNA testing? Mitochondrial DNA testing (mtDNA testing) compares the mitochondrial DNA of a tester with that of anyone taking the same test. As with other tests, the tests compare only certain regions of the DNA in order to estimate an approximate relationship. As of right now, only FamilyTree DNA offers… Continue reading Can I use mitochondrial DNA testing in a lineage society application?

Lineage Society

What’s a “Silver Book”?

You're working on an application to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants ("Mayflower Society"). Someone asks if you've checked the "Silver Books" yet. What do they mean? The "Silver Books" is a term used to describe a series of publications called "Mayflower Families through Five Generations." Each publication - which has a silver cover -… Continue reading What’s a “Silver Book”?

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Can I use my Revolutionary War ancestor’s military headstone as “proof” of their service?

The white marble military headstone is a powerful symbol of service and sacrifice. However, it doesn't date to the period of the American Revolution. The marble headstone came into being in 1873, as a way to mark the graves of the dead of the Civil War. As noted by the National Cemetery Administration, it was… Continue reading Can I use my Revolutionary War ancestor’s military headstone as “proof” of their service?

Sources of Service

My ancestor supposedly loaned money to the Continental government. How do I find evidence?

An ancestor who loaned money to the Continental government during the American Revolution would be considered to have "patriotic service" by the Sons of the American Revolution or the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Daughters of the American Revolution has begun digitizing records of the loans made from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.… Continue reading My ancestor supposedly loaned money to the Continental government. How do I find evidence?

Lineage Society, Sources of Service

How do I document a new Revolutionary War ancestor?

If you're interested in joining a Revolutionary War lineage society, it's recommended that you use an ancestor already on file. However, with the exception of the Society of the Cincinnati, the recommendation is not a requirement. Most Revolutionary War lineage societies allow you to add new ancestors - provided that the ancestor meets their requirements.… Continue reading How do I document a new Revolutionary War ancestor?