While most societies do hold meetings at their property on a regular basis, a number have begun adding regional or local options to meet members’ needs. National Society of the Colonial Dames of America – Connecticut, for example, holds larger events at their property in Wethersfield. They also have smaller area groups that meet on a regular basis.
So if you have smaller children or traveling is not possibe, be sure to ask before writing off NSCDA as an option. They may be holding meetings only a town or two away.
You love history: While your love of history might make friends or family roll their eyes, you’ll be in good company at the average lineage society meeting.
You want to honor your ancestors: Has your family passed down an incredible story about one of your ancestors? Would you love to share it, but no one outside your family seems to care? By putting a new ancestor on file with a society, you can ensure that their story is recognized.
You want to ensure your family history is preserved: Are you questioning whether your family will preserve your genealogy research? Most lineage societies now store the application and supporting documentation on some form. It’s a valuable benefit, especially for your grandchildren who later decide they want to join the society.
You want to build a network: The larger societies, such as National Society Colonial Dames of America, the Sons of the American Revolution, or the Society of Colonial Wars, have branches all over the country. It’s a built in “family”, connections that can prove key as you’re trying to establish yourself in a new location.