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Lineage Societies – Choices, Applications and Requirements

Choosing to join a lineage society is one way to honor your ancestor. The variety of societies has increased in recent years to include military, fraternal, religious, heritage, hereditary, ethnic, and patriotic foci, to name just a few. Which one, if any, should you join? Are the applications the same for each? What are the requirements? What types of records are they looking for? All of these questions will be answered, and samples of several society applications will be examined.

(Image source: “The General society of Mayflower descendants … (1901)” by General Society of Mayflower Descendants, licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0, Public Domain, courtesy Library of Congress, via picryl.)

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