Lineage Societies have been around for many years. There are some people that do not personally do genealogy, but apply for the different lineage societies they qualify for with the help of a professional genealogist. In “Professional Genealogy” edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills, Chapter 24 is on “Lineage Papers” written by Mary McCampbell Bell, CLS, CGL and Elisabeth Whitman Schmidt, CLS. They write,
Joining a lineage society is one way to preserve your family heritage. There are other reasons men and women, along with some children, decide to join. They are
- To honor their ancestor & preserve their memory
- To join a lineage society their friends/family belong to and to network with others
- Family tradition
- Interest in a particular war or group
- to teach children about their family heritage
- To receive a certificate
- To learn more about your family history – memberships can be lineal or collateral, depending on the lineage society
- The local and national society business is discussed
- Projects are decided upon – my local DAR group annually clean a local cemetery, others have special essay contests
- Volunteering opportunities
- Special speakers
- Our local Civil War group has had dances dressed in time period clothing; another group in Mississippi has reenactments of a particular battle.
There are many lineage societies to consider.
- List of hereditary and lineage societies on Wikipedia
- Cyndi’s List of Lineage Societies
- Complete List of Active Hereditary Societies
- Information about the history of the society
- Qualifications to see if you qualify to join thru your ancestor
- Membership fees
- Applications and other documents you will need. Can you download them from the website?
- The contacts for your local and national chapters
- Membership lists for possible patriot connections. If you find someone joined a lineage society thru a common ancestor, you may qualify to join once you document to the place where you both link.