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What is a Lineage Society?

 

A lineage society is an organization created to honor a specific heritage or event. Members of lineage societies must prove their descent  of that heritage or event through industry approved genealogical proof standards.

 

Examples of Lineage Societies include: Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and Order of Crown of Charlemagne. ( there over 200 lineage societies)

 

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List of Lineage Societies

 

For Women Only

 

 

 

 

Associated Daughters of Early American Witches

 

902 26th Avenue Court

Silvis, IL 61282-2873

E-Mail:  adeawregistrar@gmail.com

 

A woman must be at least sixteen years of age and able to prove descent from an ancestor or ancestress who was accused, tried, or executed for the practice of witchcraft prior to December 31, 1699.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

5352 Hackett Avenue

Lakewood, CA  90713

E-Mail:  secretary@asuvcw.org

 

Membership in Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is available to women meeting one or more of the following qualifications:

Women who are lineal or collateral descendants, of soldiers, sailors or marines regularly mustered and honorably discharged from the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps of the United States of America during the War of the Rebellion 1861-1865. Daughters, grand-daughters, great-grand-daughters, nieces, great-nieces, as well as legally adopted daughters also qualify.

Mothers, wives, widows, daughters & legally adopted daughters of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in good standing also qualify. (Not Associates)

 

Associate Memberships are available to women who do not qualify through the hereditary requirements above, but who demonstrate a genuine interest in the Civil War and can subscribe to the purpose and objects of the Auxiliary. An Associate may vote and hold any office except that of National Vice-President and National President. Associates may not exceed one-third of the total membership of the Auxiliary at the time of election.

Junior Membership is available to young ladies not less than twelve years of age.

 

 

Colonial Dames of America

 

421 East 61st Street

New York, NY 10021

212-838-5489

E-Mail:  webmaster@cdamesusa.org

 

Membership is available to women who have attained the age of eighteen years, and who are legitimately descended from some ancestor of worthy life, who , within the period, beginning with the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, May 13, 1607, and extending to, but not including, the Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775, served one or more of the thirteen original Colonies: (a) by holding public office in the government thereof; (b) by holding a commission in the armed forces thereof; or (c) by otherwise serving one or more of said colonies in the capacities specified in the Eligibility List.  A candidate must be judged worthy of becoming a member and be deemed acceptable by the Board of Managers.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars

 

10602 North Avenue H

La Porte, Texas  77571-9246

E-Mail:  faymckinney@houston.rr.com

 

Membership shall be limited to the direct lineal female descendants, eighteen years of age and older, of Native and/or Immigrant Americans who participated, in any capacity, in actual hostilities, one against the other, or in any other passive activity with each other, at any time during the period 1607-1900.

Membership is by Invitation Only.

 

 

Dames of the Loyal Legion of the United States

 

7154 Willowlane Avenue, NW

Massillon, OH 44646

330-854-6326

E-Mail:  RSchaef535@aol.com

 

Membership is available to lineal and collateral female descendants of the commissioned officers of the Regular and Volunteer Forces of the United States of America during the Civil War, who were eligible to membership in the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.  Also eligible are the mothers, wives and widows of MOLLUS Companions.

 

 

Daughters of Hawaii

 

2913 Pali Highway

Honolulu, HI 96817

808-595-6291

E-Mail: doh1903@hawaii.rr.com

 

Membership is open to any woman who is descended from a person who lived in Hawaii prior to 1880. A support group, Calabash Cousins, is open to any man or woman who is interested in furthering the purposes of the society.

 

 

Daughters of the Cincinnati

 

20 West 44th Street,  #508

New York, NY 10036

212-991-9945

 

Membership is considered for women eighteen years of age or older who are lineally descended from an officer who was an Original Member, or would have been eligible to become an Original member, of the Society of the Cincinnati.

 

 

Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington

 

1642 43rd Avenue East

Seattle, WA 98112

206-325-0888

E-Mail:  membership@wapioneers.org

 

Active Members shall be at least eighteen years of age and be a female lineal descendant of a pioneer who established his or her residence in Washington Territory during the year 1870 and/or prior thereto; or in Oregon Territory during the year 1853 and/or prior thereto; or in Idaho Territory during the year 1863 and/or prior thereto; or in Montana west of the crest of the Rocky Mountains during the year 1863 and/or prior thereto.

 

Junior Members are females from birth to eighteen years of age with the same eligibility as an Active Member but exempt from dues and who may become an Active Member at age eighteen. Adopted daughters of adopted granddaughters of Active Members or of males who are lineal descendants of pioneers who carry the eligibility date may become Junior Members, and become an Associate Member at age eighteen.

 

 

Daughters of the Republic of Texas

 

510 East Anderson Lane

Austin, TX 78752

512-339-1997

E-Mail:  drt_busoffice@sbcglobal.net

 

 Any woman having attained her sixteenth birthday is eligible for membership, provided she is personally acceptable to the Association and is a lineal descendant of a man or woman who rendered loyal service for Texas prior to the consummation of the Annexation Agreement of the Republic of Texas with the United States of America, February 19, 1846.

 

The applicant must furnish legal proof of her lineal descent from a man or woman who served in any of the following capacities: (1)  As a colonist with Austin's Old Three Hundred, or any colonies authorized under the Spanish or Mexican governments before the Texas Revolution, or those authorized by the Congress of the Republic of Texas.  (2)  As an officer or private in the service of the Colonies or of the Republic of Texas.  (3)  As a loyal citizen, male or female, regardless of age who established residence in Texas prior to February 19, 1846.  (4)  As a recipient of a Land Grant authorized by the Provisional Government of the Republic of Texas. These grants include "Toby Script"; 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th class Headrights; Preemption Grants; Landscripts; Colony Contracts; Bounty Certificates and Donation Certificates.

 

 

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865

 

503 South Walnut Street

Springfield, IL 62704-1932

217-544-0616

E-Mail: duvcw@comp.net

 

Direct descendants of honorably discharged soldiers, sailors, and marines who served in the Union Army or navy during the War of the Rebellion of 1861-1865, including those who died or were killed during their term of service, whether members of the Grand Army of the Republic or not, who have attained the age of eight years, are eligible for membership. Each candidate must furnish a complete war record of her ancestor's service.  Eligibility is through lineal descent only and not through adoption.

 

 

Hereditary Society Daughters of Founding Fathers of America 1606-1656

 

P. O. Box 239

Ranburne, AL 36273-0239

E-Mail:  HSDFFA@AOL.com

 

To obtain membership a woman needs these characteristics:  to be at least eighteen (18) years of age; a citizen of the United States who is of good moral character and reputation; and who is lineally descended from her father's direct male line to the Founder ancestor who must have settled in any of the colonies now included in the United States prior to December 31, 1656.  A current member of HSDFFA must submit a letter of recommendation, in writing regarding the assets of the prospect, to the President General, who will then consult with the Membership Committee.  If the prospect is found to be acceptable, the President General will send a written invitation to her welcoming her to the Society once the approved proofs and fees have been collected.

Membership is by written invitation from the President General only.

 

 

Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars

 

406 West 34th Street

Kansas City, MO 64111

816-561-8655

E-Mail:  info@ladiesauxvfw.com

 

Wives, widows, mothers, foster and stepmothers (who have performed the duties of parent), grandmothers, daughters, granddaughters, foster and stepdaughters (who attained that status prior to age sixteen and for whom the duties of parent were performed), sisters, half sisters, foster and stepsisters (who attained that status prior to age sixteen) of persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Authorization is shown on the veteran's separation document.

Women eligible for membership in the VFW are also eligible for membership in the Ladies Auxiliary. Members must be citizens of the United States and at least sixteen years of age.

 

Junior Girls Unit Members are daughters, foster daughters, stepdaughters, granddaughters, sisters, half-sisters, foster sisters, or stepsisters of persons eligible for the VFW.  They must be unmarried and between the age of six and sixteen.

 

 

Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic

 

119 North Swarthmore Avenue, Apt. 1-H

Ridley Park, PA 19078

215-521-1328

E-Mail:  jmclgar@aol.com

 

Hereditary Membership is open to female descendants, and legally adopted daughters, ten years of age or over, of honorably discharged Union soldiers, sailors and marines of the Civil War, 1861 to 1865, ex-army nurses of that War, are also eligible for membership.

Honorary Membership Any Circle may admit to honorary membership any son, grandson, great-grandson, or blood kin nephew of an honorably discharged soldier, sailor, marine who fought in the Civil War, 1861-1865.

 

 

National Society of New England Women

 

8053 Daytona Drive

Clayton, MO 63105-2509

314 647 7986

E-Mail:  nsnewpg@alexisantiques.com

 

Eligibility is open to any woman eighteen or older descended from one or more ancestors born in New England prior to the signing of the Constitution of the United States in 1789.  Junior membership is available to girls six to seventeen years old.

 

 

National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century

 

1300 New Hampshire Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20036

202-293-1700 i

E-Mail:  information@colonialdames17c.net

 

Membership is limited to American woman, eighteen years of age or over, of good moral character, provided she has been invited by the Society and is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the Original Colonies in the geographical area of the present United States of America.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

National Society Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century

 

Box 200

Harvel, IL 62538

217-526-4530

 

Any woman of good moral character and reputation, past the age of eighteen years, lineally descended from an ancestor who rendered service between 1607 and 1700 according to the following eligibility list, may be considered a candidate for membership: Passengers of the Mayflower, male or female; Governors; Governors' Assistants; Lieutenant Governors; Magistrates; Magistrates' Assistants; Overseers and Trustees of Towns; Members of the First Town Councils; Selectmen; Secretaries; Deputy Secretaries; Judges; Clerks of the Courts; Justices of the Peace; Commissioners for Colonies; Councilors; Members of Courts of Session; High Sheriffs; Constables; Deputies; Court Messengers; Members of the House of Burgesses; Crown Printers; Members of Assembly; Members of Important Councils and Commissions; Recorders; Presidents of Towns; Town Clerks; Treasurers; Ministers; Ruling Elders; Deacons; Interpreters; Commissaries; Surveyors; Members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery; Members of Town and County Militia; Officers, Soldiers and Sailors of Colonial Wars; Owners of Garrison Houses and defenders of the same; Founders of Towns named in the first patent of a town, provided they settled in the town named, Vestrymen, Wardens, Teachers, Physicians, Attorneys, and First Settlers of Jamestown, Virginia.

 Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars

 

6013 Old Niles Ferry Pike

Greenback, TN  37742-3615

865-856-3419

 

Membership shall be limited to any woman who eighteen years of age or older, who is lineally descended in the male or female line from an ancestor who, from the time of the settlement of Jamestown, May 13, 1607, to the battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775: 1) Served as a military or naval officer, or as a soldier, sailor, marine, or privateersman, under the authority of the Colonies which afterward formed the United States, or in the forces of Great Britain which participated with those of the said Colonies in any wars in which the said Colonies were engaged.  2) Served in any civil position of high trust and responsibility in the colonies such as: Director-General, Vice-Director-General, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Deputy Governor, Governor's Assistant, Lord Proprietor, Secretary, or Treasurer of a Colony or Province, member of the King's or Governor's Council, or Legislative Body in the Colonies, or Commissioner to the United Colonies of New England, or Member of the Council, or Body of Assistants.

 Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

National Society Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America

 

3062 Poinsettia Drive

San Diego, CA  92106

619-223-0350

E-Mail:  webmistress@nsdfpa.org

 

Any woman of at least 18 years of age, who is in sympathy with the object of this society is eligible to membership, provided that she is descended in an unbroken paternal line of either father or mother from an ancestor  who settled in any of the Colonies now included in the United States of America during the period from the settlement of Jamestown, May 13, 1607 to May 13, 1687, and provided that in this unbroken line, is an intermediate ancestor who, by personal service in a civil or military capacity or by other acts proving his unfailing loyalty, assisted in establishing American independence during the Revolutionary Period, 1775 to 1784.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

National Society Daughters of the American Colonists

 

2205 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20008

202-667-3076

E-Mail:  cc@nsdac.org

 

 Any woman who is a citizen of the United States of America, is of good moral character, and has attained her eighteenth year, shall be eligible to membership, provided that she shall be acceptable to the Society and shall be the lineal descendant of an ancestor who rendered civil or military service in any of the colonies prior to July 4, 1776. Legal adoption shall not qualify for lineal descent.  Furthermore, the ancestors' services must pertain to one of the thirteen original colonies which joined to form the United States of America.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

 

1776 D. Street

Washington, DC 20006

202-628-1776

 

Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. The National Society reserves the right to determine the acceptability of all service and proof thereof. The National Society accepts service, with some exceptions, for the period between 19 April 1775 (Battle of Lexington) and 26 November 1783 (withdrawal of British Troops from New York) as follows:

 

Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Military Service, certain types of Civil Service (under authority of Provisional or new State Governments), and certain types of Patriotic Service. Admission to membership in the NSDAR is either by invitation through a state chapter or unit overseas.

 

 

National Society Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede

 

7736 Bridle Path Lane

McLean, VA  22102

703-448-9799

 

Membership is limited to women who are lineal descendants of one or more of the twenty-five Barons selected to enforce the Magna Charta, and of those Barons who were instrumental in helping to secure it.  Descent through either the male or female line will be acceptable.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

National Society Daughters of the British Empire in the USA

 

839 Elm Way

Edmonds, WA 98020

425-774-4041

 

Membership is extended by invitation to women residing in the U.S. who are of British or British Commonwealth heritage by birth, naturalization or proven ancestry.  Women, whose husbands are, or whose husband's parent(s) or grandparent(s) are, of British or Commonwealth birth, are also eligible.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

National Society Daughters of the Union 1861-1865

 

Post Office Box 718

New Albany, IN  47150-0718

E-Mail:  NSDUinfo@yahoo.com

 

Membership is open to any woman eighteen years of age or over provided she is a direct lineal or collateral descendant of a man or woman who rendered military or civil service to the Union during the years 1861-1865.  Legal adoption shall not qualify for lineal or collateral descent.  Documentary proof of the ancestor's service in one the following categories is necessary for admission into the Society:

 

(1) served honorably in the Union Army or Navy,

(2) a military or pension record from the National Archives or honorable discharge certificate is required, when available,

(3) served in a pro-Union county or state militia or home guard,

(4) served as a civilian employee of Union forces,

(5) rendered material aid, medical attention, or comfort to Union forces,

(6)  served as a member of President Lincoln's cabinet,

(7) served as an employee of the Federal government, or

(8) suffered the loss of personal property or personal liberty due to unfailing allegiance to the Union.

 

Junior membership is open to an female child under eighteen years of age who meets the eligibility requirements above.

 

 

National Society Ladies of the Thistle

 

209 Zornia Drive

San Antonio, TX  78213-2113

210-342-7998

 

Membership is limited to women who are lineally descended from a man or woman from Scotland who either immigrated to and settled in Colonial America prior to 4 July 1776, or those men and women from other countries who are lineally descended from Scottish ancestors and later immigrated to or settled in Colonial America prior to 4 July 1776.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

National Society Magna Charta Dames

 

Post Office Box 4222

Philadelphia, PA 19144

215-836-5022

E-Mail:  magnacharta@magnacharta.org

 

Eligibility for membership in this Society is based upon lineal descent from one or more of the twenty-five Sureties for the Magna Charta or from a Baron, Prelate, Knight or other influential person present on the field of Runnemede in June 1215 on behalf of the Charter.

This is one of the Old World Hereditary Societies.  The National Society Magna Charta Dames is a registered trademark.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

National Society Southern Dames of America

 

709 Douglas Drive

Johnson City, TN  37604-1920

E-Mail:  bdoody@bellsouth.net

 

Women of Southern Ancestry pertaining to the Southern States of the United States of America are eligible for membership.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

National Society United States Daughters of 1812

 

500 Mount Pleasant Road N. E

Fairmount, GA 30139-3406

(770) 382-6676

E-Mail:  jeanbelew@bigfoot.com

 

Membership is available to women age eighteen and over who can offer satisfactory proof that they are lineal descendants of an ancestor who, during the period of 1784-1815 inclusive, rendered civil, military, or naval service to our country, rendered material aid to the U.S. Army or Navy, or who participated in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Admission to membership in the National Society is by invitation after an affirmative vote by the chapter or state society.  Applicants shall have the endorsement of two members in good standing to whom the applicant is personally known.  Junior membership is available to girls and boys from birth through age 21.   Young women between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five are known as Flora Adams Darling Daughters in honor of the Society's first president.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

National Society Women Descendants Ancient & Honorable Artillery Co.

 

49 Carriage Hills Drive

Windham, ME  04062-4927

E-Mail:  nbcobos@verizonmail.com

 

Membership is available to any woman over the age of eighteen years, who is lineally descended from  a member of the Ancient  and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, between the years 1637 and 1774, provided she is acceptable to the National Board of Management.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Order of the Crown in America

 

Eligibility for membership consists not simply of proving legitimate royal descent, but of establishing worthiness of the high distinction this membership confers.  It is also required that the candidates shall have attained their majority and that the ladies be members of either The Colonial Dames of America or The National Society, Colonial Dames of America.  Gentlemen members enjoy every right, including that of holding office.  The total membership is limited to 400 members.

 

 

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America

 

2715 Q. Street NW

Washington, DC 20007

202-337-0972

E-Mail:  info@nscda.org

 

Membership is restricted to women who are lineal descendants of an ancestor of worthy life who came to reside in an American Colony prior to 1750, and who rendered efficient service to his country before July 5, 1776,  including service as a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, either in the founding  of a Commonwealth, or an institution which has survived and developed into importance, or who shall have held an important position in a Colonial government, or who, by distinguished service shall have contributed to the founding of the United States of America.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

National Society of the Dames of the Court of Honor

 

115 Denbigh Drive

Iowa City, IA  52246-4911

 

Women not less than sixteen years of age, and of good moral character and reputation are eligible for membership. Eligibility shall consist of lineal descent from a commissioned officer who has served in one of more of the American Wars during the years 1607 through 1865 or from a Colonial Governor. The periods of the various wars are: Colonial Wars, 1607-1775; American Revolution, 1775-1783; War of 1812, 1784-1815; Mexican War, 1845-1848; War Between the States, 1861-1865.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Society of Daughters of Holland Dames

 

308 Tunbridge Road

Baltimore, MD 21212-3803

410-532-7275

E-Mail:  info@hollanddames.org

 

Eligibility may be through any one of three avenues, or all three, if desired.

Any woman shall be eligible for membership who has reached the age of eighteen and is lineally descended from a person, male or female, who was born, prior to the Treaty of Westminster, 1674, either in the Netherlands or in New Netherland of Dutch parentage; OR (ii), whose ancestor resided in New Netherland prior to the Treaty of Westminster, 1674; OR (iii), whose ancestor was one of the following:

 

(a)   a Director General of New Netherland,

(b)   a member of the Council of the Director General of New Netherland,

(c)   a member of a governmental or religious body of New Netherland,

(d)   a patroon or freeholder of New Netherland,

(e)   a commissioner in New Netherland either of Indian Affairs, Boundaries, or

          Treaties, or

(f)   a commissioned officer, soldier, or sailor who served in defense of New

          Netherland.

 

Every candidate, upon request, shall be furnished by the Corresponding Secretary a preliminary application form.  Each candidate shall be proposed by one member and seconded by another.

 

 

United Daughters of the Confederacy

 

328 North Boulevard

Richmond, VA 23220-2057

804-355-1636

E-Mail:  hqudc@rcn.com

 

Those eligible for active membership are women no less than sixteen years of age who are blood descendants, lineal or collateral, of men and women who served honorably in the Army, Navy or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America, or gave Material Aid to the Cause. Also eligible are those women who are lineal or collateral blood descendants of members or former members of UDC.