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 offersContinue reading “Can I use mitochondrial DNA testing in a lineage society application?”
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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”?”
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 wasContinue reading “Can I use my Revolutionary War ancestor’s military headstone as “proof” of their 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?”
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?”
Do I need to have documents translated for my lineage society application?
As you’re preparing a lineage society application, you may discover some of your ancestor’s records are written in a non-English language. Because of the settlement patterns of the United States in the 18th and 19th century, French, German, and Spanish commonly appear in records. That usually raises a question: do I need to have theseContinue reading “Do I need to have documents translated for my lineage society application?”
Can I use my family’s genealogy for a lineage society application?
There’s a published history of your family. It traces your family back to a lineage society qualifying ancestor. Can you use it for the application? The short answer: maybe. Here are the questions you need to answer: Is it a published source or a written report? Yes, families do pass down pedigree charts (ie. familyContinue reading “Can I use my family’s genealogy for a lineage society application?”
Family Bibles: a valuable source for a lineage society application
Many families become extremely difficult to trace in the early 1800s. Migration routes were opening across the United States. New European settlements may have kept land records, but they often didn’t have the resources to keep civil registration or easily store church records. Many of the records we would typically use to document birth, death,Continue reading “Family Bibles: a valuable source for a lineage society application”
Can I use the census in my application?
The release of the 1950 census has genealogists digging back into their census research. If you’re in the midst of preparing a lineage society application, you’re probably wondering if you can use a census enumeration as supporting documentation. The short answer: maybe. Here’s what you need to know: Not every society accepts the use ofContinue reading “Can I use the census in my application?”
A digital collection covering Connecticut in the American Revolution
Thanks to the Connecticut Historical Society, a collection of Revolutionary War era manuscripts are now available for viewing on the Connecticut Digital Archive. This diverse collection includes images of several orderly books, hospital records, correspondence, muster and pay rolls, and more. Of particular interest is a document attesting that Backus Fox, a man held inContinue reading “A digital collection covering Connecticut in the American Revolution”
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