It's often forgotten today, but in 1775 and 1776, most American colonists didn't start out with the goal of gaining independence. They wanted concessions from Britain about how the colonies were run. When they didn't get them, many moved towards declaring independence. For others, it was just too far. "Loyalist" is a term used to… Continue reading Was my Connecticut ancestor a Loyalist?
You're applying to the Colonial Dames, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the American Revolution or another lineage society... You'd like to hire a professional genealogist to help with the application - but you're a little worried. Will they always be able to help? If that's your concern, there are a few… Continue reading Are there times when a professional genealogist won’t be able to help with my lineage society application?
Whether you're interested in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of the Cincinnati or the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, a professional genealogist can help make your application process much easier. Here are 5 reasons to consider hiring a professional genealogist to help with gathering your documents: They know what's required. Do… Continue reading 5 reasons to hire a professional genealogist to help with gathering the documents for your lineage society application
We've talked about military records, the Connecticut Archives, office holding, and more. Where else can you find sources of service? In one place many people think they've already checked... town meeting records. Town meeting records don't just record who was elected to hold what office. They also can include who has donated money or purchased… Continue reading Where else can I find sources of service in Connecticut records?
Absolutely not! Whether the application is for the SAR, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, or another lineage society or heritage organization, DO NOT turn in original copies of your records. There are two reasons for this. First, they're not required. Second, some societies now scan the documents and shred the packet. Not only will… Continue reading I’m completing a Sons of the American Revolution Application. Do I turn in original copies of my documents?
Are you part way through a Daughters of the American Revolution or Colonial Dames application and struggling to figure out how to handle a pile of paperwork? Here are a few hints that might help: You'll need to know where everything came from. Don't just print out the document from Ancestry and add it to… Continue reading I’m working on a lineage society application. What’s the best way to organize my paperwork?
When you're trying to gather dozens of records for a lineage society applications, it can be hard to know where to start. There are two steps that can save you time, effort, and stress: Verify that you can make all parent-child connections. Try to find documents tying the parents and children together, because if you… Continue reading I’m starting a lineage society application. What do I need to do first?
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?
If you're in the process of completing an application for the Colonial Dames of America, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the Society of the Cincinnati, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the American Revolution or one of the other lineage societies for whom an ancestor's service in the… Continue reading How do you document Revolutionary War service for a Rhode Island ancestor?
Two societies - the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution - permit applications from prospective members whose ancestors did not live in the (now) United States, provided those ancestors demonstrated support for the American cause. This includes ancestors from Quebec, some of whom sided with the Americans during the… Continue reading How do I document Revolutionary War service for an ancestor from Quebec?