Don't worry, you're not the first one to wonder! Your grandmother or sibling has joined one society, and you'd like to join another - using their paperwork. Is it possible? Maybe. First of all, review the qualifying ancestor guidelines for the society you'd like to join and the society your family member joined. Is there… Continue reading Can the same person be a qualifying ancestor for multiple societies?
The simple answer: yes. If your family was from an area that was popular with the New England "planters" , Revolutionary War era Loyalists, or economic "Late Loyalists," they may have roots in colonial Massachusetts. If you want to identify Mayflower line ancestors, focus on using established techniques for researching planters, loyalists, or late loyalists.… Continue reading I have Canadian roots. Might I have Mayflower ancestors?
Women's Societies: Daughters of the American Revolution (https://www.dar.org/): From “Who We Are” - The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.Open to women 18 and over. Members must be… Continue reading My ancestor served in the American Revolution. What lineage societies might my family be able to join?
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?