Do you qualify for membership in an honorary lineage society?
Exploring your family history can be similar to opening an old closet—you never know if a skeleton will fall out. At Heritage Consulting, we delight in filling in the colorful biographical information of our clients’ ancestors. Sometimes we come across some rare twists and turns, such as an occasional unknown murderer, or a “madame of Hooker Holler”, hidden in the branches of the family tree. Most of the time, we find good, ordinary citizens who work hard and raise their families. They fight in the wars, pay their taxes, and serve in their local communities.
We helped one of our clients, Jeff A. of Texas, in attaining membership in the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Jeff is very pleased that we have identified and documented twenty-five Revolutionary War Patriots on his pedigree! These do not include uncles or cousins of his direct line, but actual direct ancestors in his paternal and maternal lineage. In order to qualify for acceptance by the SAR, proof must be provided for each generational connection, from the applicant back to the Patriot. The two are usually separated by six or seven generations, so much meticulous work went into the project. These proofs include death and birth certificates where available, marriage records, census schedules, wills, deeds, court records, and so forth. Jeff is now part of a very select group of SAR members with twenty-five documented Patriot ancestors. Congratulations, Jeff!
There are dozens of popular American lineage societies. A few examples are listed below:
Daughters of the American Revolution
Colonial Dames of America
Order of the First Families of Virginia
Daughters of the Republic of Texas
If you are interested in becoming a member of a lineage society, allow us to help you with the research, documentation, and the proper application papers. We have helped many of our clients become members of honorary societies, and we can help you.
Raquel Lindaas, AG