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.
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