Our forefathers were adventurers. Their actions affected not only themselves and immediate families. but the generations that followed. They traveled to new countries, built towns, and fought wars, their actions created our history. Lineage Societies are various organizations created to honor specific historical individuals and events. There are over 200 lineage societies listed on the Lineage Society of America. The societies originated from old world organizations, groups based on colonial and other early settlers, ethnic, work, and religious groups, or participants of various wars.
“To forget one’s ancestors is to be a book without a source, a tree without a root.” ~ Chinese proverb
Did your ancestors travel to America on the Mayflower? Visit the Mayflower Society; “Membership requires proof of lineage from one of the passengers who traveled to America on this historic voyage in 1620. Through the years, the Mayflower Society has established a network of more than 150,000 descendants all over the world who form lifelong bonds, cherish the sacred memory of our ancestors and continue on their legacy through purpose, preservation, and education.”
If you are a descendent of an American President or a First lady, there are two separate lineage societies, The Hereditary Order of the Families of the Presidents and First Ladies of America; “Today our growing membership is open to all persons, male or female, of the age of 18 years or older, able to prove a blood relationship to any of our Presidential or First Lady propositi of the United States or other qualifying entities.”
Also, Presidential Families; “Eligibility is open to all persons, including citizens of any nation, who share interests in the purpose and objectives of PFA who prove their consanguinity to one or more of those persons who have served as Presidents of the United States of America or to the sitting President of the USA. Candidates for PFA membership shall prove either direct descent from a President or collateral descent from an ancestral line held in common with a President.”
Some of the more unique societies include the Associated Daughters of Early American Witches; “A woman must be at least 16 years of age and able to prove direct lineal descent from an ancestor who was officially (by authority, government, or church) accused OR tried OR convicted/executed for the practice of witchcraft or wizardry in Colonial America prior to 31 December 1699.”
Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons & Daughters of the Kings of Britain; “Membership in the Royal Bastards is open to individuals who prove descent from an illegitimate child, grandchild or great-grandchild of a king of England, Scotland, Wales, Great Britain or the United Kingdom.”
If you have ancestors who fought on both sides of the American Revolution visit, Patriots and Loyalists; “… must furnish not only proof of direct or collateral descent from a Loyalist, but also must furnish evidence of his current membership in an organization requiring descent from an American Patriot….”
The National Order of the Blue and Gray also states membership requires ancestors that served on both sides of the civil war. “The ancestor requirements are: any person who rendered civil or military service on either side in the Civil War, including service in battle under Confederate and Federal authority; in military or naval units of the two governments, in a political role (statewide or higher), or as a physician, surgeon, chaplain, or nurse in wartime service.”
“We enjoy the best days of our lives because of the past struggles of our ancestors.” ~ Unknown
All lineage societies require documentation to verify a potential member’s heritage. My experience can help you obtain information to complete the necessary applications.