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Alamo Defenders' Descendants Association

 

17421 Woods Road

Harlingen, TX 78552

956-423-6625

E-mail:

 

Membership is open to men and women at least sixteen years of age.  There are four classes of membership: (1) Lineal Member - A direct descendant of an Alamo defender, courier, scout, or non-combatant survivor; (2) Lateral Member - An indirect descendant of a defender, courier, scout, or non-combatant survivor; (3) Associate Member - Members claiming no descendent status; (4) Honorary Member - Members appointed by the Board of Directors for outstanding service to the organization.

 

 

American Descendants of the House of Burgesses 1619-1699

 

4624 Locksview Road

Lynchburg, VA  24503

 

Members are adults who can prove they are a direct lineal descendant of a Member of the House of Burgesses of the Commonwealth of Virginia 1619-1699.

Membership is strictly by written invitation only.

 

 

American Ex-Prisoners of War

 

3201 East Pioneer Parkway

Suite 40

Arlington, TX  76010

 817-649-2979

 

Membership is open to all former prisoners of war from any theater in any war, all former civilian internees, and to the families of such persons. Each member is entitled to all privileges of membership.  Hereditary Members are the direct descendants, spouse, step-parents, brothers and sisters of a Regular Member.

 

 

Ancient Heraldic and Chivalric Order of Albion

 

 Albion1643@yahoo.com

 

Instituted 1643. Reorganized 1883 and 2011. Hereditary Membership is limited to direct lineal descendants of Sir Edmund Plowden; an original member of the Order; or an ancestor from a family of known hereditary Peerage who settled, during the seventeenth century, on land within the proposed Province of New Albion in North America, and whose progeny rendered distinguished and official service in the founding of the United States of America.

Membership is limited and strictly by invitation only.

 

 

Baronial Order of Magna Charta

 

1285 Branch Road

Wells, ME  04090-6057

207-985-9143

E-Mail:  pv47@hotmail.com

 

Membership is available to people of good character who can prove descent from one or more of the twenty-four Barons, and the Lord Mayor of London, who were responsible for holding King John to the terms of the Great Charter he signed on 15 June, 1215 at Runnemede Meadow in England. Descendants of the following non-Surety supporters in sympathy with the Magna Charta are also candidates for membership in the Order: William III d'Aubigny, Hubert de Burgh, Alan of Galloway, William Marshall, Sr. and William IV de Warenne.  The Order voted to admit women as of January 1992.

 

 

Bloodlines of Salem

 

753 East Lakepoint Drive

Apartment 1G

Murray, UT 884107-6729

E-Mail:  owner@bloodlinesofsalem.org

 

Descendant membership is available to individuals who prove descent from or relationship with any participant of the Salem Witch Trials or the other heretical and witch trials that were held in colonial Massachusetts.  Participants are defined within the following categories: officers of the court, legal professionals, jurors, plaintiffs, defendants, witnesses and petitioners who served at the trials. Accepted membership is also available to individuals who enjoy an interest in the trials

 

 

Canary Islands Descendants Association

 

257 Bustilla Drive

San Antonio, TX  78214-1801

E-Mail:  corymorales42@gmail.com

 

Canary Islands Descendants Association's membership, with full voting rights, shall be available to all natural descendants of the original sixteen families who were commissioned by the King of Spain to emigrate from the Canary Islands to found, in this northeastern frontier of Nueva España, the Villa de San Fernando, which became the City of San Antonio, and having arrived on March 9, 1731 for that purpose.  Members who genealogically-documented descendants of one, or more, of the sixteen Canary Islands families are qualified to be descendant members of the Canary Islands.

 

 

Colonial Order of the Crown

 

Post Office Box 27023

Philadelphia, PA 19118

E-Mail:  Chancellor@ColonialOrderoftheCrown.org

 

Eligibility for membership in this Society is based upon lineal descent from the Emperor Charlemagne.

This is one of the Old World Hereditary Societies.  The Colonial Order of the Crown is a registered trademark.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Descendants of Austin's Old Three Hundred

 

4602 Lakeside Meadow Drive

Missouri City, TX 77459-1640

E-Mail: lanellw@tisd.net

 

Lineal descendants of the land holders in Stephen F. Austin's first colony in Texas, which was founded under the provisions of the 1823 Imperial Colonization Law of Mexico, are eligible for membership.  The land holder must have received one of the 297 land titles issued in the name of the Mexican government by commissioners Baron de Bastrop and Gaspar Flores between 1824 and 1828.

 

 

Descendants of Founders of New Jersey

 

10 Buckingham Avenue

Trenton, NJ  08618

 E-Mail:  eogden@njfounders.org

 

Membership is restricted to those over the age of eighteen years who can prove direct descent from a founder prior to 17 April 1702 O.S. in any area which is now in the State of New Jersey, and who subscribe to the objectives of the Society.  The Society provides a scholarship each year to a student in a State College of University who is studying American history with an interest in the history of New Jersey.

 

 

Descendants of Mexican War Veterans

 

P.O. Box 461941

Garland, TX 75046-1941

E-Mail:  questdmwv@gmail.com

 

Adult full membership is available to individuals of good moral character, who are at least eighteen years old, and who qualify in one of the following ways: (1) lineal or collateral descent from a U.S. veteran who rendered honorable service in the war with Mexico for any length of time between April 25, 1846 and August 2, 1848, (2) from a civilian employee of the U.S. armed forces who served during the Mexican War as a teamster, laundress, steamboat hand, etc., (3) from a veteran of General Zachary Taylor's "Army of Occupation" in Texas from July 1845 to April 1846, (4) from a veteran of Col. John Colonel Fremont's 1845-1846 expedition to California  (5) from a California "Bear Flag Revolt" participant. The descendants of any person who deserted the service of the United States of America and subsequently took up arms against the same are ineligible for full membership but may apply in the associate category.

Associate Members are men and women at least eighteen years of age, who have an interest in the Mexican War and who subscribe to the aims and objectives of the society.

Junior Members are those otherwise eligible as Full Members who are under eighteen years of age.

 

 

Descendants of Sheriffs & Constables of Colonial & Antebellum America

 

1417 Terrace Avenue

Johnsburg, IL  60051-5709

815-385-3373

E-Mail:  genie90@comcast.net

 

Membership requires lineal descent from A law enforcement officer, peace officer, or any public-sector employee or agent charged with upholding the peace and empowered to arrest criminals.  The following are the eligibility categories for active members who have attained the age of eighteen (18) and whose lineal ancestors served before 1861 in one of the following categories:

Sheriffs, High Sheriff, Under Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff, Constables, High Constables, Lesser Constables, Marshals, as of 1835 Corps of Rangers in Texas, High Sheriffs in Arizona and New Mexico as of 1846, Bailiffs, Night Watch, Deputy, Jailers, Gaolers, Conservator of the peace, Prison Guards, Detectives (not private), Police Officers (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, et al), Correctional Officers, Customs Officers, Immigration Officers, Court Officers, Probation Officers, Parole Officers, Auxiliary Officers, and all the deputies of the above.

 

 

Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor

 

Post Office Box 39

Windsor, CT 06095-0039

860-429-8751

E-Mail: dfaw1633@yahoo.com

 

Membership requires descent from a person resident in Windsor, Connecticut, by the end of 1641, or an interest in early Windsor.  Membership categories are as follows:  (1)  Descendant:  Linear descent from a Founder  (2)  Non-Descendant:  Not a descendant of a listed Founder.  A non-descendant has all the rights of the Membership that a descendant has.

 

 

Descendants of the Honored at Rest in Arlington National Cemetery

 

214 Orange Street, Suite A

Auburndale, FL 33823

863-207-1823

E-Mail:  info@TheArlingtonSociety.com

 

The purpose of the society is to assist in perpetuating the memory of the thousands of Americans whose story and fate led them to be interred in the most hallowed ground in America. Membership is open to those persons who can claim direct descent from any individual interred in Arlington National Cemetery. Membership is also open to any person of collateral descent to any person interred in Arlington National Cemetery, provided the interred person had not offspring.  Applicants must provide acceptable proof of relationship through each generation. as well as a brief biography of the honored at rest in Arlington National Cemetery including grave site section and site number.

 

 

Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons & Daughters of the Kings of Britain

 

Post Office Box 1326

Cupertino, CA  95015

408-739-3828

E-Mail: secretary@royalbastards.org

 

Eligibility for membership is based on descent from an illegitimate son or daughter of a King; an illegitimate son or daughter of a child of a King; or an illegitimate child of a grandchild of a King of England, Scotland, and/or Wales.

It should be noted that only Cockayne's Complete Peerage will be accepted by the genealogist as a secondary source.  All generations submitted, which are not listed in Cockayne's Complete Peerage, require full, primary documentation, including generations in the Old World.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Descendants of the Knights of the Bath

 

14497 NW 22nd Place

Newberry, FL  32669-2022

352-333-3010

E-Mail:  JimPartin1@gmail.com

 

Any man or woman shall be eligible for membership in the Order who, being a citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal descendant, in the male or female line, of an ancestor who was invested as a Knight of Bath, who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to, and rendered active service in the cause for, the King or Queen.  These Knights are listed in the Rolls of the Knights of Bath, from the year 1127 A.D. through the year 1904 A.D. (1127 - 1904).  This list may be found in William A. Shaw's Knights of England.  Should a candidate choose to use a knight from the period 1905 through the present day, that candidate shall provide "proof" of that ancestor having been invested as a Knight of Bath.

 

 

Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

 

7157 Southeast Reed College Place

Portland, OR  97202-8354

E-Mail: registrar@dsdi1776.com

 

Any lineal descendant of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence eighteen years of age or over, and possessing good moral character, shall be eligible to full membership in the Society.

Children eligible by descent may be enrolled as Junior members upon application of an adult member of the Society.  Upon attaining their majority, Junior members may become full members upon application to and approval of the Board of Governors.

 

 

Descendants of Whaling Masters

 

Post Office Box 824

Mattapoisett, MA 02739

508-758-6090

E-Mail: whalingmasters@yahoo.com

 

Descendant Membership is based on reasonable proof of direct descent from a Whaling Master.

Relative Membership is based upon reasonable proof of indirect relationship to a Whaling Master (ie. niece, nephew). Crew Membership is based upon reasonable proof of direct descent from a Whaleman.

Associate and Family Memberships are also available.

 

 

Dutch Colonial Society

 

10742 Lanett Circle

Dallas, TX  75283-3733

214-340-6661

E-Mail: kem58@sbcglobal.net

 

Ladies and gentlemen who have attained the age of eighteen (18) may be eligible for membership in one of the following categories:

Colonial member:  Proven direct descent from a Dutch settler born in the Netherlands who immigrated, no later than 19 April 1775, to any settlement in what is now the continental United States.

Also eligible are direct descendants of selected non-Dutch ancestors who settled in what is now the continental United States no later than 19 April 1775, AND who have proven significant service to Dutch heritage in business, cultural, military, religious or political affairs either in the Netherlands and/or the United States.

Non-Colonial member:  Proven direct descent from any native of the Netherlands who settled in the United States after 19 April 1775.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Dutch Settlers of Albany

 

608 25th Street

Watervliet, New York 12189

518-456-7202

E-Mail: cherylem29@aol.com

 

Membership eligibility is considered for individuals at least eighteen years of age, of respectable standing in their communities, of good moral character, and who are descended from a person residing in Fort Orange, the colony of Rensselaerwyck, or the village of Beverwyck before 1665, or in other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the Court of Rensselaerwyck before the establishment of their own courts.  The court of Esopus was established on May 16, 1661.  Members in that area are eligible prior to that date.

 

 

First Families of Georgia 1733-1797

 

Post Office Box 478

Swainsboro, Georgia  30401-0478

 

Regular life membership in First Families of Georgia, 1733-1797, is based upon direct lineal descent from one or more of the men and women who resided in the colony now known as the state of Georgia during the period 1733 through 1797.  Collateral descent is not acceptable.

 

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

First Families of Kentucky

 

9002 Hurstwood Court

Louisville, KY  40222-5716

 

Those persons who are direct descendants of the pioneer families that entered Kentucky prior to June 1, 1792 are eligible for membership.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

First Families of Ohio

713 South Main Street

Mansfield, OH 44907-1164

419-756-7294

E-Mail: ffo@ogs.org

 

Those persons who are direct descendants of an individual who settled in the area now encompassed by the State of Ohio, before December 31, 1820, may become a member of the First Families of Ohio, upon the acceptance of an application with proof of such descent and payment of the application fee. Although membership in the Ohio Genealogical Society is required to join, maintaining membership thereafter is no longer required to remain a member of First Families of Ohio.

 

First Families of South Carolina

 

Post Office Box 21328

Charleston, SC 29413

 

Membership is available to men and women who are not less than eighteen years of age, and who descend from a man or woman who arrived in South Carolina prior to 1700, and with unfailing belief in the New World left his native land to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

First Families of the Twin Territories

 

Post Office Box 12986

Oklahoma City, OK 73157

405-528-7460

E-mail:  OkGenSoc@aol.com

 

Membership is open to individuals who can prove each generation of their lineage back to an ancestor or ancestors who resided in one of Oklahoma's territories on a prior to November 16, 1907.

 

 

First Settlers of the Shenandoah Valley

 

701 Donaghe Street

Staunton, VA  24401-2838

E-mail:   societydame@verizon.net

 

Members of the First Settlers of the Shenandoah Valley  are men and women who lineally descend from pioneer ancestors (First Settlers) who arrived in the Shenandoah Valley prior to 31 December, 1799.  First Settlers also include the “Knights of the Golden Horseshoe” members of Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood’s party of government officials and gentry, Native Americans, soldiers and servants who crossed into the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, 5 September 1716.

 

The Shenandoah Valley region is defined as western Virginia, from Winchester to Roanoke, Virginia, which is bordered by the Blue Ridge mountains to the east and the Allegheny mountains to the west, as well as the eastern panhandle of West Virginia and Maryland, "Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley".

 

During the Charter Membership period, applicants will be automatically endorsed by the Governor General. Following the Charter Term, membership will be by invitation only. Of note, previously approved lineage society applications may be submitted in the stead of full genealogical documentation.

 

 

Flagon and Trencher

 

1716 Bigley Avenue

Charleston, WV  25302-3938

304-340-0200

E-Maill:  AlexNBannerman@aol.com

 

Membership shall be limited to individuals who can prove direct descent from a person conducting a tavern, inn, ordinary, or other type of hostelry prior to 4 July 1776 (within the area which became the first 13 states).

 

 

General Society of Mayflower Descendants

 

4 Winslow Street

Post Office Box 3297

Plymouth, MA 02361

508-746-3188

E-Mail:  communications@themayflowersociety.org

 

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), founded in 1897, is a membership organization that requires proof of lineage from the Pilgrims who travelled on the Mayflower. The Society has over 28,000 members around the world, with 52 societies representing all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. The national headquarters is in Plymouth, MA, where the Society  operates a genealogical research library and the Mayflower Society House, an 18th century home originally built by Edward Winslow, a direct descendant of the pilgrim Edward Winslow. It is the mission of the Society to honor their Pilgrim ancestors who arrived in America aboard the Mayflower in 1620, and to join together the people who share this heritage.

 

Any person able to document their descent from one or more of the Mayflower Pilgrims listed below is eligible to apply for membership in the Mayflower Society:

 

John Alden

Bartholomew Allerton

Isaac Allerton

Mary (Norris) Allerton

Mary Allerton

Remember Allerton

Elinor Billington

Francis Billington

John Billington

William Bradford

Love Brewster

Mary Brewster

William Brewster

Peter Browne

James Chilton

Mrs. James Chilton

Mary Chilton

Francis Cooke

John Cooke

Edward Doty

Francis Eaton

Samuel Eaton

Sarah Eaton

Moses Fletcher

Edward Fuller

Mrs. Edward Fuller

Samuel Fuller

Samuel Fuller (son of Edward)

Constance Hopkins

Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins

Giles Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins

John Howland

Richard More

Priscilla Mullins

William Mullins

Degory Priest

Joseph Rogers

Thomas Rogers

Henry Samson

George Soule

Myles Standish

Elizabeth Tilley

John Tilley

Joan (Hurst) Tilley

Richard Warren

Peregrine White

Resolved White

Susanna White

William White

Edward Winslow

 

 

Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen 1607-1783

 

10 Montanoso Circle

Hot Springs, AR  71909-6309

501-922-0714

E-Mail:  4mnmwhite1995@gmail.com

 

Membership in the Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen 1607-1783 is extended to men and women 18 years of age or older who are of good moral character and who are lineally descended from an artisan or tradesman who lived in the American Colonies from the founding of Jamestowne, 13 May 1607, to the Treaty of Paris, signed 3 September 1783. Artisans and tradesmen are defined as those who made a living in the arts and those who crafted or traded items and/or were part of select Royal Guilds previously established in the Old World who continued their practices in the American Colonies. Farmers or those dealing in the raising or selling of livestock or poultry are not included.

 

 

Hereditary Order Descendants Loyalists & Patriots American Revolution

 

11033 West Sun City Boulevard

Sun City, AZ  85351-3760

E-Mail:  glydie@msn.com

 

Regular Membership is available to those persons who can prove lineal or collateral descent from an ancestor who, during the American Revolution from 1775 to 1783, was loyal to the Crown of Great Britain and who are currently a member of an organization requiring proof of descent from a Patriot of the American Revolution.  The Loyalist ancestor cannot be more collateral than a third cousin.

Associate Patriot Membership is available to persons who are currently a member of a organization requiring proof of descent from a Patriot of the American Revolution.

 

Associate Loyalist Membership is available to persons who are currently a member of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada or who prove lineal or collateral descent from an ancestor who during the American Revolution remained loyal to the Crown of Great Britain.

 

 

Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors

 

126 Phoebe Road

Summerville, SC  29483

E-Mail:  GGHODCG@gmail.com

 

Membership is available to those men and women who are lineal descendants of those men who, prior to 1775, singly exercised supreme executive power in the American Colonies, authorized as a Colonial Governor or Acting Governor as listed in the Order's publication,

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Hereditary Order of the Families of Presidents and First Ladies of America

 

1716 Bigley Avenue

Charleston, WV  25302-3938

304-340-0200

E-Mail:  webmaster@presidentsandfirstladies.org

 

Membership in the Order is open to any man or woman 18 years of age or older, who can prove a lineal or collateral relationship (using standards of proof generally accepted in the genealogical community) to one or more of our propositi. Qualifying propositi include the chief executives of the following Republics, and their spouses:

 

* the United States of America under the U.S. Constitution

* the Vermont Republic

* the Republic of West Florida

* the Republic of Texas

* the California Republic

* the Confederate States of America

* the Republic of Hawaii

and also the presiding officers of the following historic representative bodies, and their spouses:

* the Continental Congress of the United Colonies of America

* the Continental Congress of the United States of America

* the United States in Congress Assembled under the Articles of Confederation

 

 

Hereditary Order of the First Families of Massachusetts

 

13810 West Via Manana

Sun City West, AZ 85375

E-Mail:  whacker@cox.net

 

Eligibility for membership is open to individuals at least eighteen years old, and is determined based on proven lineal descent from an ancestor who was a resident of Massachusetts Bay Colony before the year 1650.  Descent in each generation must be from parents who were lawfully married.  Applicants must be acceptable to the Committee on Admissions.

 

 

Hereditary Order of the Signers of the Bush Declaration

 

4219 Paddrick Road

Darlington, MD  21034

410-836-3433

E-Mail:  ctsmithson@gmail.com

 

On March 22, 1775, a committee of thirty-four Harford, Maryland citizens met at the Bush Tavern and, after deliberation, signed the famous Bush Declaration. The document is characterized as the first Declaration of Independence ever adopted by an organized body of men duly elected by the people.

 

An applicant must furnish proof of his or her blood relationship within the second degree of kinship to a Signer of the Bush Declaration on March 22, 1775. By way of explanation see the following:

 

1) The applicant is lineally (directly) descended from the Signer.

2) Collateral descent (or 1st degree of kinship) through which the applicant's ancestor and the Signer have the same parents.

3) Consanguine relation (or 2nd degree of kinship) through which the applicant's ancestor and the Signer have same grandparents.

 

 

Hereditary Society of Teachers

 

1404 Shadyside

Raleigh, NC  27612-2442

919-847-2708

E-Mail:  teacherlineages@aol.com

 

The membership of the Society shall be limited to men and women who are 18 years of age or older and are lineal descendants of School Teachers.  The term “school teacher” is limited to anyone (male or female) who can be proven to have conducted “classic curriculum” lessons on United States soil OR obtained a teaching certificate or degree in education.  The term “teacher” includes tutor, headmaster/mistress, professor, instructor, or governess.  School Board members, Sunday school teachers, ministers (who who did not teach “classic curriculum”) are not eligible.  Deans and College/University Presidents and coaches/trainers must have proven classroom experience.  A current teaching professional may use his/her experience by supplemental application only. Only Life Membership shall be offered.

Categories of Membership:  Any member may join under any of the categories below with the exception of current teachers who must first join on an ancestor and may then file a supplemental for themselves.

 

* Ancestor who taught in the 17th Century represented by a Quill

* Ancestor who taught in the 18th Century represented by a Bell

* Ancestor who taught in the 19th Century represented by a Lamp of Knowledge

* Ancestor who taught in the 20th Century represented by an Open Book

* Ancestor who taught in the 21st Century represented by a Computer

 

A Member with an educator in each of the above categories achieves Golden Apple status and is authorized to wear the Golden Apple insignia. Membership is by invitation of the President.

 

 

Holland Society of New York

 

20 West 44th Street

New York, NY 10036

212-758-1675

E-Mail:  hollsoc@aol.com

 

Applicants for membership shall be individuals at least eighteen years of age, of respectable standing in society, of good moral character, and descended in the direct male line of a Dutchman who was a native or resident of New York or of the American colonies prior to the year 1675.  This shall include those of other former nationalities who found in Holland a refuge or a home, and whose descendants in the male line came to this country as Dutch settlers, speaking Dutch as their native tongue.  This shall also include descendants in the male line of Dutch settlers who were born within the limits of Dutch settlements, and the descendants in the male line of persons who possessed the right of Dutch citizenship within Dutch settlements in America, prior to the year 1675; also of any descendants in the direct male line of a Dutchman, one of whose descendants became a member of this Society prior to June 16, 1886.

 

 

Hood's Texas Brigade Association

 

112 Lamar Drive

Post Office Box 619

Hillsboro, TX  76645

254-582-2555  ext 242

E-Mail:  patterson@hillcollege.hill-college.cc.tx.us

 

Membership is based on direct or collateral descent from a soldier or officer who served in Hood's Texas Brigade during the War Between the States.

 

 

Huguenot Society of America

 

122 East 58th Street

New York, NY 10022

212-755-0592

E-Mail:  hugsoc@verizon.net

 

Any person above the age of eighteen years, whose religion is consonant with that of the Huguenots, shall be eligible to regular membership provided he or she is a lineal descendant in the male or female line of a Huguenot who emigrated from France and that such Huguenot emigrant or one of his or descendants in the same line either settled in what is now the United States of America or left France for countries other than America prior to the promulgation of the Edict of Toleration on November 28, 1787.

 Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Huguenot Society of South Carolina

 

138 Logan Street

Charleston, SC 29401-1941

843-723-3235

E-Mail:  huguenot@cchat.com

 

Membership is available to (1) all descendants in the direct male or female lines of the Huguenot families which emigrated to America prior to the promulgation of the Edict of Toleration, November 28, 1787, (2) representatives of other French families, whose profession of the Protestant Faith is prior to the promulgation of the Edict of Toleration, November 28, 1787, (3) Pastors of French Huguenot congregations in South Carolina, and (4) writers who have made the history, genealogy, principles, etc., of the Huguenots a special subject of study and research, of whatever nationality they may belong.  The members of the Society may consist of three classes: Resident, Corresponding, and Honorary, but the rights an privileges of each class shall be the same.

 

 

Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia

 

Post Office Box 23

Sharon, TN  38225-0023

731-456-2184

E-Mail:  manakin@addr.com

 

Membership is open to any person, male or female, who is a descendant of a Manakin Huguenot Founder, male or female, or descended from a Huguenot resident of Virginia prior to 1786, provided the applicant is personally acceptable to this Society and meets all requirements of the organization.

 

 

International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers

 

300 North Main Street

Salt Lake City, UT 84103-1699

801-532-6479

E-Mail:  info@dupinternational.org

 

Membership is open to any woman who is over the age of eighteen years, of good character, and a lineal or legally adopted descendant of an ancestor who came to Utah before the completion of the railroad, May 10, 1869.

 

 

Jamestowne Society

 

Post Office Box 17426

Richmond, VA 23226

804-673-6006

 

Membership is composed of present life members of the Jamestowne Society, an unincorporated association, and of the descendants of stockholders in the London Company and the Virginia Company, and of descendants of those who owned land, or who had domiciles in Jamestowne, or on Jamestown Island, prior to the year 1700.  Because of the nature of their duties, all Governors, Secretaries of State, Treasurers, Attorneys General, and Auditors General of Colony, and Clerks and Deputy Clerks of the general Court prior to the year 1700, shall be conclusively presumed to have had their domiciles on Jamestown Island during their terms of office.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

La Société des Filles du roi et soldats du Carignan

 

Post Office Box 220144

Chantilly, VA 20153-6144

E-Mail: info@fillesduroi.org

 

 Full membership is for direct descendants of a King's Daughter and/or a soldier of the Carignan Regiment.

The filles du roi, or King's Daughters, were some 770 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673, under the financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France. Most were single French women and many were orphans. Their transportation to Canada and settlement in the colony were paid for by the King.  The filles du roi were part of King Louis XIV's program to promote the settlement of his colony in Canada. Some 737 of these women married and the resultant population explosion gave rise to the success of the colony. Most of the millions of people of French Canadian descent today, both in Quebec and the rest of Canada and the USA (and beyond!), are descendants of one or more of these courageous women of the 17th century.

 

The pleas of the colonists of New France for assistance in their struggle with the Iroquois were answered in 1665 with the arrival of the first French regular troops in Canada, the Carignan-Salières Regiment. Between June and September 1665, some 1200 soldiers and their officers arrived in Quebec, under the leadership of Lt. General Alexander de Prouville, Sieur de Tracy. Over 450 of these troops remained in the colony, many of whom married the newly arrived filles du roi. Most persons of French Canadian descent can claim one or more of these brave soldiers as ancestors.

 

 

La Société Française de Bienfaisance

 

Post Office Box 416

Charleston, SC  29402

 

Membership is available to gentlemen of proven French descent or extraction, of sound mind and body, of good character over the age of eighteen years.  The Society continues to support its motto Humanitati by supporting those in need with pensions and recognizing those who have made a significant contribution to the human condition.

 Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Legion of Valor of the United States of America

4706 Calle Reina

Santa Barbara, CA 93110-2018

919-933-0989

E-Mail:  pconran@att.net

 

Members of the Legion of Valor are those individuals who have been awarded one of the following decorations: Army Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, the Air Force Medal of Honor, or the Air Force Cross.

Hereditary Members are the direct lineal descendants of those who qualify for full membership in the Legion of Valor.

Associate Members are those who have received the Silver Cross for Heroism awarded by the Legion of Valor for actions involving the saving or preservation of life.

 

 

Los Californianos

 

Post Office Box 600522

San Diego, CA 92160-0522

 619-582-3664

 

Regular Membership is open to any person who submits an ancestral lineage chart which, to the satisfaction of the Chairman of the Genealogical Committee, shows that person to be a descendant of an Hispanic person or Hispanic persons who arrived in Alta California prior to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, February 2, 1848. The spouse of a Regular Member, upon payment of dues, may join as a Regular Member.  A person under the age of eighteen who submits a satisfactory ancestral lineage chart qualifies for a Junior Membership.

An applicant who claims such descent, but is unable to furnish an ancestral lineage chart which meets approval, may become a Provisional Member for one year. The Provisional Membership is renewable for a second year with the approval of the Chairman of the Genealogical Committee.

 

 

Los Floridanos Society

11 Palm Row Street

St. Augustine, Florida 32084

 E-Mail:  info@losfloridanos.org

 

 Membership in Los Floridanos is limited to the descendants of the early Spanish settlers who arrived in Florida during the "First Spanish Period" - 1565-1763.

 

St. Augustine was founded by Don Pedro Menendez de Avilies in 1565. Menendez hoped that by establishing a permanent settlement of Spanish subjects and soldiers that he could expel the French from Fort Caroline in Northern Florida. He was successful in that undertaking and thereby secured the possession of Florida for the Spanish Crown.

The society is presently represented by the descendants of the Solana and Sanchez families and welcomes members from other Spanish families who were present in Florida from 1565 to 1763.

 

 

Los Pobladores 200

7440 W 91st Street

Los Angeles, CA 90045-3431

 310-670-0636

E-Mail:  la-founders1781@mailcity.com

 

Membership is open to direct descendents and their spouse from any of the eleven founding families, or from the military escort accompanying them; present at the founding of the city of  Los Angeles on September 4, 1781.

 

 

Louisiana Colonials

 

5 South Lark Street

New Orleans, LA 70124

504-282-3553

 

Individuals at least eighteen years of age, of good moral character and who are lineally descended from a colonist in the Louisiana Territory before the transfer of Louisiana to the United States on April 30, 1803, are eligible for membership.

 

 

Menorcan Cultural Society

 

Post Office Box 3565

St. Augustine, FL 32085-3565

E-Mail:  carollopezb@menorcansociety.net

 

Membership in The Menorcan Cultural Society is open to all direct descendants of the original Menorcan settlers. The Society was founded to preserve the culture and heritage of those Mediterranean families who settled the New Smyrna Plantation of Florida in 1768. These families, who later relocated to St. Augustine during the "British Period", are the only group to come to this country in large number and remain in the same location. Today, there are over 15,000 descendants living in the St. Augustine area. The society presently has more than 500 members located in St. Johns County, Florida and throughout the United States and on the Island of Minorca.

 In addition to descendant membership, the society also offers special membership to those interested in their purposes and objectives. Their members participate in the many activities of the City of St. Augustine, New Smyrna and other cities in Florida and Georgia.

 

 

Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States

 

5016 Schuyler Street

Philadelphia, PA 19144

 215-844-7650

E-Mail:  Speql82@aol.com

 

Companionship in the Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States is conferred on duly qualified, duly sponsored officers - both commissioned and warrant. Active military service in or during any of our foreign wars or military expeditions will qualify an officer as a Veteran Companion, as will honorable services as a commissioned officer in the armed forces of our allies. Individuals who served in an enlisted status during such wars or expeditions, and who were subsequently commissioned or warranted as an officer, will qualify as a Veteran Companion.

 

Descent from such an officer may also qualify an individual for Hereditary or Junior Companionship. Such service must be satisfactorily shown to have been performed in one of the following wars or expeditions:

 

 The American Revolution

The War with Tripoli

The War of 1812

The Mexican War

The Civil War

The Spanish-American War

The Philippine Insurrection

The China Relief Expedition

The Nicaraguan Campaign

The Vera Cruz Campaign

The Mexican Campaign Mexican Border Service

World War I

World War II

The Korean War

The Vietnam War

The Grenada Expedition

The Panama Expedition

The Persian Gulf Conflict

The Somalia Expedition

The Haitian Expedition

The Bosnia-Herzegovina Expedition

 

 

Military Order of the Carabao

 

c/o Army Navy Club

901 17th Street, NW

Farragut Square

Washington, D.C.  20006-2503

301-621-9480

 

Membership in the Military Order of the Carabao is open to commissioned officers of any of the armed forces who have served, either as an officer or an enlisted person, under one of the following classifications:

Veteran Carabao: Having served in the Philippines between May 1, 1898, and July 4, 1913, or December 6, 1941, and July 4, 1946.

Amphibious Carabao:  Having served west of the International Date Line incident to the liberation of the Philippines between December 6, 1941, and July 4, 1946.

 

Companero Carabao: Having served in the Philippines between July 4, 1913, and December 6, 1941, or subsequent to July 6, 1946.

Expedicionario Carabao: Having served west of the International Date Line in the Pacific and Indian Ocean areas, with service in the following regional campaigns: Occupation of North China (September 30, 1945, to May 27, 949) and Japan (August 30, 1945, to July 2, 1946); Korean War (June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953); Vietnam Conflict (April 15, 1963, to May 7, 1975).

 

Associate Carabao:  Having been an accredited war correspondents, serving with any of the forces engaged in liberating the Philippines.

Tenero Carabao: A descendant, over twenty-one years of age, regardless of military service, of any member, or a person who is, or was, eligible to be a member.  Eligibility passes to a nephew of a member failing a male descendant.

Honorary Carabao: Conferred upon the President of the United States, Governors Generals of the Philippines, or those who have served as such.

 

 

Military Order of the Crusades

 

1285 Branch Road

Wells, ME  04090-6057

 207-985-9143

E-Mail: rpv47@hotmail.com

 

Membership is comprised of individuals, male and female, of proven lineal descent from one or more Crusaders of Knightly or Higher Rank who participated in one or more of the regular and/or interim Crusades between 1096 and 1291, and who made great personal sacrifices, endured great hardship, performed heroically, and died in great numbers during the Crusades.  On 6 June 1998 the Military Order of the Crusades merged with the Baronial Order of Magna Charta as an entity within its umbrella.

 

 

Military Order of the Purple Heart

 

5413-B Backlick Road

Springfield, VA 22151-3960

703-642-5360

E-Mail: info@purpleheart.org

 

 Hereditary Members are the direct lineal descendants, brothers, sisters, and parents of those who have been awarded the Purple Heart.

Original Members are those who have been awarded the Purple Heart by the United States of America.

An affiliated organization is the Ladies Auxiliary Military Order of the Purple Heart.  Eligibility is limited to mothers, wives, sisters, widows, adopted daughters, granddaughters, and female lineal descendants not less than sixteen year.

 

 

Military Order of the World Wars

 

435 North Lee Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

703-683-4911

E-Mail:  moww@comcast.net

 

Hereditary Membership is be available to any U.S. citizen who is descended from, or was adopted by an officer who would be eligible.  In the case of failure of lineal issue or adopted child, a descendant of a sister or a brother of a member, or the surviving spouse of a former member of the Order may be eligible.

 

Regular Membership is open to a citizen of the United States of America of moral character and good repute who has served honorably on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, to include the National Guard and Reserve, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and the United States Public Health Service as a federally recognized commissioned officer, flight officer, or warrant officer of any grade, from 6 April 1917.

 

 

Military Society of the War of 1812

 

7th Regiment Armory

643 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10021

 212-249-3919

E-Mail: cclmd@aol.com

 

Proper descendants of commissioned officers, aides de camp, and commanding officers of private armed vessels of the United States, the proper descendants of members heretofore dully admitted; and the proper descendants of original members in military societies formed prior to January 8, 1856, by men who served in the armies and navies of the United States in the War of 1812, and to hereditary members heretofore admitted in such military societies and their proper descendants and to the proper descendants of the veteran delegates to the national conventions of the soldiers of the War of 1812, held respectively in the City of Philadelphia on January 9, 1854, and in the City of Washington on January 8, 1855.  Inquiries by all qualified persons are welcome.

 

 

Minnesota Territorial Pioneers

 

Suite 328

176 Snelling Avenue North

St. Paul, MN 55104

651-379-1849

E-Mail:  mnterritorialpioneers@yahoo.com

 

Membership is open to individuals who are descended from an ancestor who was resident in Minnesota prior to May 11, 1858.

 

 

Monticello Association

 

149 West Main Street

Post Office Box 871

Orange, VA  22960

303-806-8443

E-Mail:  abeles@patriot.net

 

Any lineal descendant of Thomas Jefferson who applies for membership, and annually pays dues as stated in the By-Laws of this Association, shall be a Regular Member of the Association, provided that a regular member whose dues are more than one year in arrears shall not be considered a member in good standing. Regular members shall be entitled to participate in all proceedings of the Association, except that the right to vote and to hold office is limited to regular members in good standing who have reached the age of 18 years.

 

Adopted children, step-children and spouses of regular members, including widows and widowers of regular members, who assist the Association and show interest in furthering its aims, as evidenced by making contributions to the Association, or by attending its meetings, or by corresponding with the Secretary of the Association, may be elected Associate Members by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members present at any duly called meeting at which a quorum is present.

 

 

Morgan's Men Association

 

1691 Kilkenny Drive

Lexington, KY 40505

859-299-7679

E-Mail:  vakyrebel@aol.com

 

Regular Membership is open to all members of the family of Luther Morgan, the grandfather of General John Hunt Morgan, and to all descendants, both direct and collateral, of those who served honorably in the Confederate States Army in the command of General Morgan.  Associate Membership is extended to all other persons who are interested in maintaining General Morgan's honored place in our nation's history.  A special invitation is made to the descendants of the Union soldiers who fought against Morgan's Men.  Just as the Union opponents were proud of their adversary role, so will be their descendants. Membership is available to all applicants, regardless of age. Only the associate and regular members aged 16 years or older have the right to vote on Association matters.

 

 

National Guild of Saint Margaret of Scotland

 

10742 Lanett Circle

Dallas, TX  75238-3733

E-Mail: kem58@sbcglobal.net

 

Hereditary Membership is open to males and females of good moral character and reputation, at least eighteen years of age, who can prove lineal descent from St. Margaret of Scotland.

Male members are referred to as Protectors of the Guild and female members are referred to as Dames of the Guild.

Membership is strictly by invitation only.

 

 

National Huguenot Society

 

7340 Blanco Road, Suite 104

San Antonio, TX 78216-4970

210-366-9995

E-Mail:  natlhugsoc@att.net

 

Individuals wishing to become regular members of The National Huguenot Society must meet the following four qualifications: (1) be at least sixteen years of age, (2) adhere to the Huguenot principles of faith and of liberty, (3) be a member of the Protestant faith, (4)  be lineally descended in the male or female line from either: (a) a Huguenot, without regard to ethnic origin or adherence to any particular sect of Protestantism, who, subsequent to 10 December 1520 and prior to the promulgation on 28 November 1787 of the Edict of Toleration, emigrated to North America or some other country; or (b) a Huguenot who, in spite of religious persecution, remained in France.  "France", as used here, refers to any territory lying within the Kingdom of France on the date of the promulgation of the Edict of Toleration on 28 November 1787.

 

 

National Order of the Blue and Gray

9 Taney Avenue

Annapolis, MD  21401-3760

E-Mail:  ellanwt@aol.com

 

Hereditary Membership is open to males and females of good moral character and reputation, at least eighteen years of age,  who are lineally or collaterally descended from 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.

 

There is a special path to membership that is lineal or collateral descent from an ancestor who in their lifetime had military or civil service at the state level or higher in both the Federal and Confederate governments during their lifetime. The qualifying ancestor for this special membership category must have served both the Confederate States of America and the United States of America at some time during his or her lifetime. The Federal service can be before, after, or during the Civil War.

 

 

National Order of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe

 

Address Withheld

E-Mail:  Knights1716@aol.com

 

 Instituted August, 1716. Reorganized April 15, 1916 and September 9, 2014.

Sic juvat transcendere montes -Thus it is delightful to cross the mountains.

 

The Order of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe was originally conceived and founded by those individuals who engaged in the first expedition west of the Appalachian Mountains by Virginia Lieutenant (Acting) Governor Alexander Spotswood.  The venture has historically been considered one of the key exploratory threshold events in the New World, and a precursor of the Westward Movement. Edward Ingle wrote in the Magazine American History in 1887: "As the middle figure in the field of Western discovery between Christopher Columbus kissing the ground of San Salvador in 1492 and the explorers Lewis and Clarke making their way in 1803-1806 to the Pacific Coast, stands Alexander Spotswood, drinking on the summit of the Blue Ridge Mountains a health to his English sovereign." Original Members of the Order were:

 

Governor Alexander Spotswood

Robert Beverley I (of Middlesex)

Benjamin Harrison

Francis Brooke

Captain Clonder

John Fontaine

Captain George Mason III

Colonel Robertson

Dr. Robinson

Austin Smith

Hugh Taylor Todd

Peter Berkeley

William Beverley

Theodorick Bland

Thomas Bray

William Byrd II

Kit Carter

Nathaniel Dandridge

Dudley Digges

Dr. Evelyn

Thomas Fairfax

John Fitzhugh

Henry Hall

George Hay

Joe Jarvis (scout)

Rev. Hugh Jones

Francis Lee

Henry Lee

Charles Ludwell

Charles Mercer

Bernard Moore

William Moseley

John Munroe

Alexander Nott

Mann Page

Edmund Pendleton

John Peyton

John Randolph

Edward Saunders

Peyton Skipwith

John Washington

Ralph Wormeley

George Wythe

Oliver Yelverton

 

Originally designated the “Order of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe” by Spotswood and his companions, the entity was revived and reconstituted in 1916 and formally renamed the “National Order of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe.”

The privilege of membership is extended to lineal or collateral descendants of the original Knights of the Golden Horseshoe, and to others of ineffably worthy Colonial Lineage.

Membership is strictly by invitation only.  Please do not correspond with membership inquiries.

 

 

National Society Descendants of Early Quakers

 

1296 Casa Solana Drive

Wheaton, IL  60189-8216

E-Mail:  jsk1296@aol.com

 

 Men, women and children who establish descent, either lineal or collateral, from an early member of The Society of Friends (1835 or before), throughout the world, shall be eligible for membership. Junior members are eligible for membership from birth to age twenty-five years.

 

 

National Society of Old Plymouth Colony Descendants

 

189 Sherrin Street

Hyde Park, MA  02136-1851

E-Mail:  jay.lucas@rcn.com

 

Membership is open to anyone who can document that they are lineally descended from an ancestor whom lived in the Plymouth Colony between 1620-1691.  This includes all passengers on the Mayflower, Fortune, and Anne.

 

National Society of Saints and Sinners

2705 Country Valley Road

Garland, TX  75043-1119

 214-703-5413

E-Mail:  sinnersetal@aol.com

 

The membership of the Organization shall be open to men and women who are 18 years of age or older and are lineal descendants of Saints.  The term “saint” is applied to those persons canonized by the Catholic Orthodox Church, any church in the Eastern Orthodox Communion and the Roman Catholic Church.   The list of approved Saints for may be found on the web site.  Genealogies for Saints from monarchs may be found in Alan J. Koman's book, A Who's Who of Your Ancestral Saints.

 

 

National Society of the Descendants of Textile Workers of America, Inc.

 

218 Green Hollow Road

Danielson, CT  06239

860-774-3458 mbrown51@snet.net

 

Membership eligibility is based on lineal descent from a legitimate textile worker, including, but not limited to: mill owners, workers, sales persons and fiber producers.

 

 

National Society of the Descendants of Lords of the Maryland Manors

 

5514 Box Hill Lane

Baltimore, MD  221210

410-323-7098 franklocke@mris.com

 

 The Society is composed of men and women who are descended in their own right, direct and legitimate, from the First Baron of Baltimore or from one or more of the Colonists who were granted by the Lord Proprietor of the Province of Maryland a manor in fee simple with manorial rights and privileges or from his or her heir at law.

For purpose of membership, a manor is defined as a tract of land of not less than 1000 acres granted by patent to a Maryland Colonist prior to the year 1722. The grant must have invested the patentee with all manorial rights and customs of Feudal England including the privileges of Court Leet and Court Baron.  The title of Lord of the Manor must have descended in primogeniture as fixed by the laws of Ancient England.

 

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

 

1000 South Fourth Street

Louisville, KY 40203

502-589-1776

 

Any man shall be eligible for membership in this Society who, being of the age of eighteen years or over and a citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to, and rendered active service in the cause of American independence, either as an officer, soldier, seaman, marine, militiaman, or Minuteman in the armed forces of the Continental Congress of any one of the several Colonies or States; or as a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, or as a member of a Committee of Safety or Correspondence; or as a member of any Continental, Provincial, or Colonial Congress or Legislature; or as a recognized patriot who performed actual service by overt acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain.  The applicant must also be personally acceptable to the Society.

 

 

National Society of the Washington Family Descendants

 

2221 Shady Lane

Covington, GA  30209-8719

E-Mail:  nswfd@juno.com

 

Eligibility for membership in the Society is open to persons who can prove their lawful, lineal descent from one of the following ancestors of General George Washington who lived in Colonial America between 1607 and 1732.

 

1) Colonel John Washington

2) Nathaniel Pope

3) Nicholas Martiau

4) George Reade

5) Augustine Warner, Sr.

6) Colonel William Ball

7) Mary Johnson Ball Hewes

 

The aforesaid membership shall also be open to the lawful lineal descendants of Lawrence Washington, the brother of Colonel John Washington the immigrant.

 

 

National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1607-1861

 

5233 North Willowhaven Drive

Durham, NC  27712-1958

E-Mail:  cwodom@earthlink.net

 

Membership is limited to men and women eighteen years of age or older who are lineal or collateral descendants of a Planter living between 1607 and April 12, 1861, on land which is today included in the forty-eight states of the continental United States.  Collateral descent is defined as direct descent from a full brother or sister of a planter.  A Planter must have owned not less than 500 acres of land on which not less than 20 persons were engaged in agriculture or ranching for profit.  The acreage need not be contiguous, or in the same state.  The acreage owned by all spouses, even if not owned by the Planter, can be used to qualify, providing the applicant is descended from each spouse whose acreage is claimed.  A Planter is not disqualified by virtue of holding a second occupation, such as lawyer, doctor, merchant, or clergyman, or by the fact that the planter engaged agents, overseers, or trustees to manage the land.

 Membership is by invitation only.

 

National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims

 

Post Office Box 339

426 South Main Street

Pembroke, KY  42266-0339

E-Mail:  dcsmith@hesenergy.net

 

Membership is limited to men and women eighteen years of age or older who are lineal descendants of any Pilgrim.  For the purpose of this Society, the term "Pilgrim" shall denote any immigrant who settled before 1700 within the territory which began the forty-eight contiguous states of the United States of America without the regard to religion or place of origin.

 

 

Naval Order of the United States

 

Post Office Box 2714

Merrifield, VA 22116-2714

703-323-1673

E-Mail:  NavalOrder@aol.com

 

Naval Order of the U.S., is the history and heritage society of the U.S. Naval Services. Founded 4 July 1890 in Boston, MA, the Naval Order is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, celebration and enjoyment of our naval heritage.

 

Regular Membership is open to current, retired and former US Naval Service members including the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and the commissioned corps of the USPHS, NOAA, USMM and USMS and descendants thereof, over eighteen years of age, who are US citizens.

Associate membership is open to Naval historians and authors and to others with a deep interest naval history and heritage.  Associate Membership is also open to spouses of present and deceased Regular Members, and those other than United States citizens who have served or are serving honorably as commissioned officers in an allied seagoing service.

 

Membership is by invitation.  Visit the Naval Order web site or e-mail NavalOrder@aol.com to inquire about obtaining an invitation to membership.

 

 

Netherlands Society of Philadelphia

Post Office Box 54017

Philadelphia, PA 19105-4017

215-875-2468

 

 Membership is open to persons of Dutch ancestry and others who share the vision, the goals and objectives of the Netherlands Society of Philadelphia.

 

 

New England Society in the City of New York

 

635 Madison Avenue

Eleventh Floor

New York, NY 10022

212-752-1938

 

Applicants for membership must be either of New England ancestry, have attended a New England school or college, or have part or full-time residence in New England.  Applicants must be at least eighteen years old, and a Proposer and Seconder are necessary.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

 Noble Society of Celts

 

'Apsley Manor'

3400 Station Boulevard

Brooksville, FL  34604

852-799-2627

E-Mail:  castlemore@aol.com

 

Persons of Celtic heritage holding genuine titles of nobility are eligible for Class I membership, which is hereditary.  For hereditary membership one must demonstrate proven Celtic lineage, from an ancestor in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Corwall, Northumbria, Brittany, Man, Celtic Spain, etc.

 

Those holding ranks in Orders less than that of Knight, as well as members of Colonial Wars and the Cincinnati, are eligible for Class II. Classes II and III are non-hereditary. Each hereditary member of Class I may designate a single heir. The society has been limited to fifty members, but this requirement has been expanded to 150, with fifty per class.

 

 

North American Manx Association

 

P.O. Box 105

Lanark, IL 61046-0105

E-Mail:  standish@aeroinc.net

 

Membership is available to individuals who descend from an ancestor born on the Isle of Man.

 

Oklahoma 1889er Society

Post Office Box 12300

Oklahoma City, OK 7357

 

Society Descendant Members are required to have ancestors who participated in the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run or settled in the Land Run Area prior to December 31, 1889.

 

 

One Hundred Living Descendants of Blood Royal

 

Address Withheld

 

One Hundred Living Descendants of Blood Royal is also known by the sobriquet "The One Hundred". Membership is limited to one hundred living descendants of blood royal.

Membership is strictly by invitation only.

 

 

Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry

 

P.O. Box 339

Pembroke, KY 42266-0339

 270-475-4572 dcsmith@hesendergy.net

 

Membership is restricted to individual, age eighteen or over, of good moral character and reputation, provided he or she proves his or her descent from an immigrant American ancestor who was a settler in one of the thirteen original Colonies uniting to form the United States of America or in the United States who had a proved right to bear arms in the country of his or her origin.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Order of Colonial Lords of Manors in America

 

Post Office Box 269

Roxbury, CT 06783

 

Men and women who are supposed to be lineally descended in either the male or female line from a recognized Patroon, Seigneur, or Lord of a Manor of New Netherland, or of the Province of New York, or a similar system of colonial landholding in any other of the original colonies, and who are invited to join, may be eligible for membership.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Order of Daedalians

 

Post Office Box 249

Randolph AFB, TX 78148-0249

512-924-9485

E-Mail: daedalus@daedalians.org

 

Membership in the Order of the Daedalians shall consist of the following categories:  (1) Founder Members, (2) Named Members, (3) Hereditary Members, and (4) Honorary Members.

 

Founder Members are those persons who, prior to 12 November 1918 as a commissioned officer in any component of the United States Armed Forces, held a rating as a military pilot of heavier-than-air powered aircraft. A Founder Member may transmit his membership to Hereditary Members and/or two Named Members. Should a living Founder Member fail to transmit his membership as provided, the National Staff, with the written permission of the Founder Member, may accept into membership Hereditary and/or Named Members to fill the vacancies in that Founder's Membership. When a Founder Member dies without transmitting his membership as provided, the National Staff shall be authorized to accept into membership Hereditary and/or Named Members to fill the vacancies in that Founder's Membership.

Named Members are military pilots of heavier-than-air powered aircraft in any component of the United States Armed Forces who is or has been a commissioned or warrant/flight officer or a WASP and who is accepted as a member to perpetuate the membership of a Founder Member. Only two Named Members are authorized for any one Founder Member.

Hereditary Members are descendants, real or adopted, of any Founder Member. There is no limit to Hereditary Members authorized for any one Founder Membership.

Honorary Members are distinguished persons who are not other wise eligible for membership in the Order. The National Board of Directors screens recommendations and selects the nominee to be submitted to the vote of the active membership. At least three quarters of the votes cast must be in favor of the nominee's designation as an Honorary Member. The number of Honorary Members shall not exceed fifteen at any one time.

 

 

Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters

 

1473 Collingswood Trail

Virginia Beach, VA  23464

757-467-7531 mtutor1@cox.net

 

Membership is limited to descendants of Ancient Planters, defined as "those persons who arrived in Virginia before 1616, remained for a period of three years, paid their passage, and survived the massacre of 1624.  They received the first patents of land in the New World as authorized by Sir Thomas Dale in 1618 for their personal adventure.  Persons unknown to members of the Society may submit the name of their ancestor with a letter of endorsement. An invitation may then be issued. An invitation is valid for one year from the date it is issued.

Persons under the age of twenty-one may become Junior Members upon the approval of application papers and payment of application fee.

 

 

Order of Descendants of Colonial Cavaliers

 

 E-Mail:  diannebobr@att.net

 

 Eligibility for membership is limited to ladies and gentlemen who are lineal descendants of Britons who, during the period of the Civil Wars in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland from the Interregnum until the Restoration of the Monarchy, resided in the New World remaining loyal to their Brittanic Majesties King Charles I and his son and successor, King Charles II.  The ancestor must have held claim to not less than 1,000 acres of land during his lifetime. There is a rebuttable presumption that persons then living in New England were not "Cavaliers." There is a rebuttable presumption that persons then living in Virginia were "Cavaliers" as were persons then living in Barbados and the other British sugar islands of the Caribbean.

 

Membership is by written invitation only.

 

 

Order of Descendants of Colonial Physicians and Chirurgiens

 

5 Reed Ranch Road

Tiburon, CA 94920-20229

E-Mail: phelps@alumni.princeton.edu

 

 Membership is open to men and women who are descended form a physician, chirurgien (surgeon), or licensed midwife practicing on the North American continent during the Colonial period, through 1783.

 Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Order of Descendants of Pirates and Privateers

 

Post Office Box 270771

West Hartford, CT 06127-0771

860-233-8414

E-Mail:  info@piratesprivateers.org

 

Membership in the Order of Descendants of Pirates & Privateers is open to men and women 21 years of age and over, who are lineally descended from any of the following, of the period 1609-1865:  (1)  Officers and Crew of Pirate Ships, of any Nation, so long as such Pirates were of, or engaged the American Colonies or Nation.  (2)  Officers and Crew of American Privateers, including those of the Confederacy, (3)  Coastal Raiders, (4)  Shore-based parties engaged in the diversion and scuttling of vessels, (5)  Any person who engaged in the establishing, supporting, and/or maintaining any of the above. For instance, ship owners, investors, bonders, those issuing Letters of Marque, etc. The involvement must be direct- those merely employed in ship-building do not necessarily qualify.

 

 

Order of Descendants of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company

 

13628 Landers Drive

Hudson, FL  34667-6546

727-868-5333

E-Mail:  geneaologistgeneral@gmail.com

 

Those individuals eligible for membership shall be at least eighteen years of age with legitimate descent from (1)  a member of The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts who served between the years 1637-1774; (2) a minister who preached the Election Sermon during the years 1638-1774; (3) Governor John Winthrop, (4) Deputy Governor Thomas Dudley, (5) a member of the Council or a delegate to the General Court in 1638 when the Company Charter was granted, (6) members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts "by right of descent," or (7) members of the National Society of Women Descendants of The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.

 

 

Order of Descendants of the Justiciars

 

Post Office Box 339

Pembroke, KY  42266-0339

E-Mail:  dcsmith42@earthlink.net

 

 The objects of this society are charitable, literary and educational; and shall specifically serve to encourage the study of late Medieval history and promote research, preserve manuscripts, support restorations of sites having charitable, literary, educational, historical or governing backgrounds, and to foster patriotism.

 

All persons of good character who are lineally descended from a Justiciar are eligible for consideration. Membership shall not be denied due to race, nationality or creed. Upon recommendation of the Membership Committee the Chief Justiciar shall issue a written invitation to apply.

 

 

Order of First Families of Connecticut

 

311 Greenway Lane

Richmond, VA  23226

804-285-4456

E-Mail:  hcebh311@verizon.net

 

 Men and women over the age of eighteen years, who are lineal descendants of men and women, who, between the years 1633 and 1662, resided anywhere within the bounds of the present-day state of Connecticut may be eligible for membership. The fact that the land on which they lived was formerly claimed by another jurisdiction is immaterial.

 

 

Order of First Families of North Carolina

 

1404 Shadyside Drive

Raleigh, NC  27609

E-Mail:  whitemay2@aol.com

 

Membership is limited to person who can prove descent from an ancestor who resided in the Province of North Carolina on or before 12 July 1729, at which time North Carolina received status as a royal colony.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Order of First Families of Vermont  1609-1791

 

1887 Almadale Lake Drive

Collierville, TN  38017-0833

E-Mail:  wasilik@bellsouth.net

 

 Men and women, over the age of 18 years, who are lineal descendants of men or women who, between 1609 and March 4, 1791, (a) resided anywhere within the bounds of the present-day state of Vermont, (b) were engaged in commercial enterprise within the bounds of the present-day state of Vermont, regardless of their place of residence, (c) owned land situated within the bounds of the present-day state of Vermont, or (d) had military service of record that benefited or sought to secure the liberty of the state of Vermont, may be eligible for membership.  The fact that the land on which they lived was formerly claimed by another jurisdiction is immaterial.

 

 

Order of First Families of Virginia 1607-1624/25

 

Membership is limited to lineal descendants of an ancestor who aided in the establishment of the first permanent English Colony, Virginia 1607-1624.  This aid may also have been rendered by members in the Virginia Company of London if followed by subsequent residence in the Colony of Virginia by such member of his descendants for one or more generations.

 

The Order of the First Families of Virginia does not enter into correspondence with those inquiring in their own behalf, nor is membership information furnished. Proposals for membership made by members by request of candidates are not acceptable, and requests for membership are considered inappropriate.

Membership is strictly by invitation only.

 

 

Order of Lafayette

 

243 West 70th Street Apt. 6-F

New York, NY 10023

212-873-9162

E-Mail:  orderoflafayette@hotmail.com

 

 Membership is available to all commissioned officers of the United States Armed Forces, male or female, who served in France during World War I, or in France or French possessions during World War II. It also includes United States officers who served in France during World War I in the Lafayette Escadrille Flying Corps, the American Field Service, or with the Allies. Military service in France includes participating in an invasion or flight within the coastal areas of France or French possessions.

American enlisted men who served in France or in French possessions during World War I or World War II, and who were commissioned later are also eligible for membership in the Order of Lafayette, as well as commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers of the French Foreign Legion.

 

Membership in the Order is also open to all recipients, regardless of rank, of the Congressional medal of Honor or the French Medaille Militaire who served in France or French possessions during World War I or World War II, and are admitted as members without having to pay dues to the Order.

 

All lineal descendants, male or female, of original members, or those who would have qualified as original members, are eligible for full membership in the Order on reaching the age of twenty-one years.

 

 

Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America

 

14115 41st Avenue North

Plymouth, MN 55446

763-553-1122

 

Men and women who are lineally descended from the Emperor Charlemagne, his successors and their heirs shall be eligible to membership  in this Order, provided, always, that such candidates are of excellent character and are considered qualified and worthy by the officers of this Order.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Order of the First Families of Maine

 

1251 Oak Hill Drive

Downers Grove, IL  60515-1151

630-964-1580

E-Mail:  offmeregistrar@gmail.com

 

Membership is open to individuals at least eighteen years of age, who are lineal descendants of an ancestor who was a resident of present day Maine prior to the year 1652. Descent in each generation must be from parents who were lawfully married.

The Order will entertain personal inquires for membership until 100 charter members are accepted, after which membership will be by invitation only. Furthermore, applicants must be of excellent character and determined appropriate for the Order.

 

 

Order of the First Families of Maryland

 

300 Esplanade Drive, 10th Floor

Oxnard, CA 93030

E-Mail:  Stephen.Hurst@MorganStanley.com

 

Invitation to membership in The Order of the First Families of Maryland is extended by the Governing Council to individuals, eighteen years of age or older, of good moral character and respectable standing in society, who are acceptable to The Order, and who have a verifiable, lineal descent from either:  (1) Sir George Calvert, The First Lord Baltimore, who was granted the Palatinate of Maryland by King Charles I of England, or (2) an ancestor who aided in the establishment of the Palatinate of Maryland or who was an office holder, real property owner or resident in Maryland prior to 31 December 1734. Those members admitted prior to July 1, 2005, when the ancestor cutoff date was July 4, 1776, will continue to be in good standing, and their relatives who are the member’s second cousins or closer and are lineal descendants of that original ancestor will remain eligible for admission to the Order on the basis of that original ancestor.

 

 

Order of the First Families of Mississippi 1699-1817

 

West Cypress Drive

Cary, MS 39054

601-873-2649

 

Eligibility for membership is based on descent in a male or female line from a native or resident of the territory now included in the State of Mississippi between 1699, when the French established the settlement of Old Biloxi, and December 10,1817, when Mississippi was admitted to the Union.

 

 

Order of the First Families of New Hampshire 1622-1680

 

2151 Oak Hill Drive

Downers Grove, IL  60515-1151

630-964-1580

E-Mail:  offnhregistrar@gmail.com

 

Membership is extended to men and women eighteen (18) years of age or older who are lineal descendants of an ancestor who was a  resident, owned land, conducted a business or trade, or performed military or civil services between 25 March 1622 and 21 January 1679/80, within the boundaries of present-day New Hampshire. Membership inquiries are welcome.

 

 

Order of the First Families of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

 

13810 West Via Manana

Sun City, AZ  85375-2069

E-Mail:  WHacker@cox.net

 

Membership is open to any person of the age of eighteen (18) years or more who can prove direct descent from an individual who was a proven resident in a part of Rhode Island as we know it today by December 31, 1647.

 

 

Order of the First World War

 

14497 NW 22nd Place

Newberry, FL  32669-2022

 352-333-3010

E-Mail: JimPartin1@gmail.com

 

Membership is open to individuals who, being citizens of good repute in the community, are the lineal or collateral descendants of a male or female ancestor who served from any country (either the Allied or Central powers) in the Great War for Civilization, 1914-1918, who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to, and rendered active service in the cause for, their country.

 

 

Order of the Founders of North American 1492-1692

 

8830 Cross Mountain Trail

San Antonio Texas 78255-2011

E-Mail:  Mike-John@juno.com

 

Any man or woman, of 18 years of age or older, of good moral character is eligible for membership in this Order who lineally descends from the Founders of North America, including the Caribbean and offshore North Atlantic Islands during the period of 1492 to 1692. Members may descend from Spanish, English, French, Dutch, Scottish, Swedish, German, Danish, and Italian royalty, explorers, settlers, and seamen transporting and supplying these colonists.

Any boy or girl, under the age of 18 years, is eligible for junior membership in this Order, provided they have a Founder ancestor meeting the qualifications in Section 1. If they are a junior member in good standing upon attaining their 18th birthday, they shall automatically qualify to become regular members upon the payment of the current matriculation fee. If they are not a junior member in good standing at the time of their 18th birthday, they petition for regular membership without having to resubmit their genealogical proof.

 

 

Order of the Indian Wars of the United States

 

18440 Silverado Terrace

Leesburg, Virginia 20176-3972

 

 Original Companions are commissioned officers of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, and of State and Territorial Military Organizations, who subsequent to the year 1900, engaged in military service, in conflicts, battles, or actual field service against hostile Indians within the jurisdiction of the United States, or whose service was within the zone of any recognized Indian campaign.

Traditionally, eligibility for membership would require an applicant to be a direct descendant of a commissioned United States Army Officer, who saw combat action during any of the American Indian Campaigns from 1776-1900.

 

However, in order to further perpetuate the Order, OIWUS may still consider granting membership if the applicant's ancestor saw combat against Indians while serving in a military unit or militia of either the British Colonial Crown (1600-1776) or The United States of America  (1776-1900), regardless of rank. Inquires must be made to me through standard U.S. postal mail.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Order of the Merovingian Dynasty

 

2112 White Oak Road

Raleigh, NC  27608-1452

919-818-0154

E-Mail:  jrharman1@gmail.com

 

Eligible for membership in the Order are ladies and gentlemen who are lineal descendants of the first King of the Merovingian Dynasty, Merovech (Merovee), who was King of the Salic Franks, 448-457.  Candidates for membership must be proposed in writing by two members of the Order and approved by the Membership Committee.  Letters of proposal and endorsement are sent to the President General, who, with the approval of the Membership Committee may issue an invitation for membership.

 

In all cases, the Genealogist General of the Order shall be the final determinant of eligibility. Proven ancestral lines are accepted from the following societies: Order of the Crown in America; Baronial Order of Magna Charta; National Society Americans of Royal Descent; National Society Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede; The Military Order of the Crusades; Order of Three Crusades 1096-1192; Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Order of the Norman Conquest

108 Trace Cove Drive

Madison, MS  39110-9265

  E-Mail:  1066normanconquest@gmail.com

 

 Hereditary membership is open to all ladies and gentlemen, at least eighteen years of age, of good moral character and reputation who can prove lineal descent from William I (the Conqueror). and/or one of his Companions.

The Order was established to perpetuate the memories, accomplishments, and contributions of the principal figures who took part in the Norman invasion of England known as the Norman Conquest, the primary individuals being William I (the Conqueror), Duke of Normandy, King of England and those Companions who supported William I, by lineal descent, bringing into one society the descendants of the aforementioned individuals.

 

The Order also collects and secures for preservation the following items: historical/genealogical research, documents, lineages and other significant data related to the events leading to and following the Norman Conquest, which changed history in 11th century Medieval England and Normandy.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Order of the Second World War

 

14497 NW 22nd Place

Newberry, FL  32669-2022

 352-333-3010

E-Mail:  JimPartin1@gmail.com

 

 Membership is open to individuals who, being citizens of good repute in the community, are the lineal or collateral descendants of a male or female ancestor who worked in a wartime industry, or a veteran of the Second World War.

Eligibility for Original Membership is restricted to those individuals who are (1) actual military veterans, male or female, who served from any country (either the Allied or Axis powers) during 1939-1945, (2) the wife or spouse of a veteran, or (3) men and women who worked in wartime industry, such as Block Warden, Red Cross, Merchant Marine, FBI, State Department, War Department, Selective Service, Rationing Boards, etc.

 

 

Order of Three Crusades 1096-1192

 

2112 White Oak Road

Raleigh, NC 27608

919-818-0154

E-Mail:  jrharman1@gmail.com

 

 Membership is composed of men and women of good character, who are at least eighteen years of age, are acceptable to the Order, and are lineally descended from a participant in one of the first three crusades from 1096 to 1192.  They must be proposed and endorsed by two members of the Order to whom they are personally known.

They shall be members of at least one colonial lineage society based on eligibility prior to 1776.

Membership is strictly by invitation only.

 

 

Order of Washington

 

Post Office Box 27152

Philadelphia, PA 19118

 E-Mail:  Chancellor@OrderofWashington.org

 

A candidate for Hereditary Membership in the Order of Washington must be approved by the Council and must be lineally descended from a man or woman who served during the lifetime of George Washington, from February 22, 1731/2 to December 14, 1799, as a soldier, sailor or civil officer of the several Colonies or States, of the confederated colonies or of the United States of America or as a recognized patriot supporting or providing material aid to the cause of American Independence.

This is one of the Old World Hereditary Societies.  The Order of Washington is a registered trademark.

 Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Pioneer Association of the State of Washington

 

1642 43rd Avenue East

Seattle, WA  98112-3222

 206-325-0888

E-Mail:  membership@wapioneers.org

 

 All persons who were residents of the Territory of Washington prior to its becoming a State on November 11, 1889 and the lineal descendants of such residents, over 18 years of age shall be eligible for voting membership in the Association.

Persons who are not otherwise eligible shall be eligible to become Associate Members with no voting privileges.

Persons who are children of members of the Association and under the age of 18 shall be eligible to become Junior Members, without voting privileges, by the payment of a one-time enrollment fee with their application.

 

 

Piscataqua Pioneers

 

Post Office Box 1511

Portsmouth, NH  03802-1511

603-433-1584

E-Mail:  info@piscataquapioneers.org

 

Eligibility for membership is based on descent from one of the original settlers on either side of the Piscataqua River and its tributaries, prior to the Declaration of Independence.

 

 

Plantagenet Society

 

Post Office Box 27165

Philadelphia, PA 19118

E-Mail:  Chancellor@plantagenetsociety.org

 

 Eligibility for membership in this Society is based upon lineal descent from one or more of the Plantagenet Kings of England. Plantagenet was the surname used by the Angevin House, which succeeded to the throne of England in A.D. 1154 in the person of Henry II, who ruled until the deposition of Richard II (1399). The houses of York and Lancaster, which succeeded, being descended from Edward III, are generally included in the Plantagenet Line.

 

This is one of the Old World Hereditary Societies.  The Plantagenet Society is a registered trademark.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Plymouth Hereditary Society

 

2041 Vardon Lane

Flossmoor, IL  60422-1370

708-798-1817

E-Mail:  gcoan59065@sbcglobal.net

 

An applicant must prove lineal descent from an ancestor who settled in one or more of the 18 towns of the Plymouth Colony from 1620 through 1691 and must be acceptable to the Committee on Enrollment.  For purposes of this Society, the term "settle" refers to the establishment of residence in the Colony for at least one year, although possibly in more than one town during that time.

 

 

Point Lookout Prisoner of War Organization

 

1214 Moyer Road

Newport News, VA 23608-2453

 04-427-5065

E-Mail:  plpow@erols.com

 

Potential members must provide documentation that they descend from a Confederate ancestor who was in prison at Point Lookout Prisoner of War Camp, between 1863 and 1865.

 

 

Presidential Families of America

 

5233 North Willowhaven Drive

Durham, NC  27712-1958

E-Mail:  cwodom@earthlink.net

Eligibility for membership is based on direct or collateral kinship with a President of the United States of America.  In the case of collateral kinship, the common ancestor must have been resident in the area now encompassed by the United States of America.

 

 

Registry of Infamous and Famous Relatives in American Families

 

1716 Bigley Avenue

Charleston, WV  25302-3938

304-340-0200

E-Mail:  AlexNBannerman@aol.com

 

 Qualification for membership requires a candidate to prove director or collateral kinship to a person of fame or infamy.  In cases of collateral kinship, the common ancestor must have been living by 1550 or later, but may or may not have been on American soil.  The Propositus must be an American and must be deceased.

There are nine genres of qualification which include (1) Inventors; (2) Visual Arts; (3) Theatrical Arts; (4) Musical Arts; (5) Literary Arts; (6) Hard Sciences; (7) Sports; (8) Americans who contributed significantly to American culture or history, but do not fall into one of the previous categories.

 

 

Royal Society of Saint George

 

127 Sandgate Road

Folkestone

Kent  CT20 2BH

England

 011-441-303-241-795

E-Mail:  info@rssg.u-net.com

 

 

Membership of the Royal Society of St. George is open to anyone who is committed to the well-being of England and Englishness and it is contained within five categories to suit the interests of the Royal Charter of the Society and the requirements of the individual member.

A Branch Member is one who joins the local Branch of the Society. Branch Constitutions and rules are the responsibility of the Council of the Society wherein, operationally, each Branch is Autonomous. Branch Members affect the

Society by means of Annual Subscription and the election of a Regional Councillor to represent groupings of Branches on the Council of the Society.  Branch members vote and elect Branch Officers at Branch Meetings.

 

A Direct Member is one who does not belong to a Branch but joins the  National Register in direct support of the Society and shall be of those wherever born being Englishmen or Englishwomen or their children or remoter issue.

Full Membership is where one is both a member of a Geographical Branch and a Direct Member of the Society.  Direct Members and Full Members vote and elect candidates to the Council at Society General Meetings. Direct Members and Full Members may offer themselves for vacancies on the Council as they occur in line with the Bye Laws.

Associate Membership is open to individuals who are not eligible for Ordinary Membership but express themselves in support of the Objectives of the Society. Associate Membership is available to the Branches and to the Society direct.

Honorary Membership is extended to holders of the Victoria Cross, the George Cross, the George Medal and persons who have given distinguished service to the Society or their country.

Ordinarily membership shall be of those, wherever born, being Englishmen or Englishwomen or their children or remoter issue. Candidates for Membership or Associateship of the Society shall be proposed at the discretion of the Membership Secretary.

Council has the duty to rule on admissions.

Branch Membership is at the discretion of the Council.

 

 

Russian Nobility Association in America

 

971 First Avenue

New York, New York  10022

E-Mail:  RNA@RussianNobility.org

 

 Membership is by invitation only and requires a proposer and a seconder. Additionally, a candidate for membership must submit genealogical documentation and prove one of the following:

 

a.) Full (Voting) Membership: Proven descent from an unbroken hereditary lineage THROUGH THE MALE LINE to a family that was documented as a member of the hereditary Russian nobility by the Russian Imperial Senate prior to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

b.) Associate (non-Voting) Membership: Proven descent from a direct hereditary lineage THROUGH MARRIAGE OR THROUGH THE FEMALE LINE to a family that was documented as a  member of the hereditary Russian nobility by the Russian Imperial Senate prior to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

c.) Colleague (non-voting) Membership: Open to anyone who is interested in and supportive of the Russian Nobility Association in America and its activities.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Saint David's Society Welsh Organizations

143 Sunny Hillside Road

Benton, PA 17814-7822

570-925-6923

E-Mail:  nwaf@dfnow.com

 

Eligibility for membership is base upon Welsh descent.  The guidelines for each Saint David's Society may vary.

 

 

Saint George's Society of New York

 

216 East 45th Street

Suite 901

New York, NY  10017-3304

 212-682-6110

E-Mail:  info@stgeorgessociety.org

 

Admitted to membership are men and women who are subjects, or descendants of subjects, of England, the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, those who serve in His/Her Britannic Majesty's Armed Forces or husbands of members of the Daughters of the British Empire, and wives of Society members. Also admitted to membership are those individuals with a strong, personal "British interest."

 

 

San Jacinto Descendants

 

2702 North Doral Drive

Missouri City, TX 77459

 281-437-4963

E-Mail:  dtwbu69@aol.com

 

 Membership is open to any person of good moral character, and who is a direct descendant of an ancestor who was a participant in the Battle of San Jacinto or was assigned to the rear guard at Harrisburg.

 

 

Scotch-Irish Society of the United States of America

 

P.O. Box 181

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

 Membership in the Society is available to United States Citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States, who are of Scotch-Irish descent. The Scotch-Irish Society and the Scotch-Irish Foundation consider that the term "Scotch-Irish" generically designates those persons who are descended in either the male or female line from an ancestor, or ancestors, who emigrated to America, directly or indirectly, from Ulster, and whose families , hailing from Scotland, Britain, France and other places in Europe , had previously settled in Ulster about the year 1600 or thereafter.

 

 

Society of California Pioneers

 

300 Fourth Street

San Francisco, CA 94123

 415-957-1849

E-Maihaas@californiapioneers.org

 

Hereditary membership is open men and women who are the direct descendants of any pioneer, male or female, who arrived in California prior to January 1st, 1850.  Collateral representation is not permitted.

 

 

Society of Descendants of Knights of the Garter

 

Windsor Castle

Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ

England

 Eligibility in the Society of Descendants of Knights of the Garter is based upon lineal descent from a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

 

 

Society of Descendants of Knights of the Most  Noble Order of the Garter

 

Post Office Box 4944

Philadelphia, PA 19119

 E-Mail:  Chancellor@SocietyofDescendantsofKnightsoftheMostNobleOrderoftheGarter.org

 

Eligibility for membership in this Society is based upon lineal descent from one or more of the Knights of the Garter.

This is one of the Old World Hereditary Societies.  The Society of Descendants of Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter is a registered trademark.

 Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Society of Descendants of Ireland

 

Post Office Box 771276

Orlando, FL  32877-1267

407-745-0848

E-Mail:  sdi@augustansociety.org

 

 Membership is available in two classes:

 

 1) Royal Life Member: Eligibility is restricted to persons who can demonstrate through research and scholarship that he or she has an unbroken descent from any historic Irish High King, Provincial King, or Sub-King, residing in Ireland prior to 1170 (the date of the beginning of the Anglo-Norman invasion of Henry II).

 

 2)  Hereditary Life Member: Eligibility is restricted to persons who cannot demonstrate Royal Life Membership (because of the vast destruction of genealogical records at Four Courts, Dublin in 1922, or for other reasons), but who can prove descent from some Irish family. There is no restriction as to time period, but proof must be provided that he or she has Celtic-Irish descent, or descent from other ancestors who lived in Ireland a minimum of three generations.

 All descent must be proven with full citations.  The Society of Descendants of Ireland is a subsidiary of The Augustan Society.

 

 

Society of Descendants of Lady Godiva

 

12567 Percy Lane

Jacksonville, FL  32218-2337

 904-766-6182

E-Mail:  DavineR@aol.com

 

The Society of the Descendants of Lady Godiva is for both males and females from birth who can prove their lineage back to Lady Godiva, who married Leofric, Earl of Mercia, probably by 1030.  Eligibility for membership shall consist of individuals of good character whose qualifying ancestor is Lady Godiva of Mercia, England. Membership in the Society of Descendants of Lady Godiva shall not be denied due to race, gender, or creed.

 

 

Society of Descendants of Scotland

 

Post Office Box 771276

Orlando, FL  32877-1267

407-745-0848

E-Mail: sds@augustansociety.org

 

 Applicants must submit a proven and unbroken lineage from a Scottish family who lived in Scotland for a minimum of three generations, or from a Scottish king.

All descent must be proven with full citations.  The Society of Descendants of Scotland is a subsidiary of The Augustan Society.

 

 

Society of Descendants of the Conquest

 

Post Office Box 771276

Orlando, FL  32877-1267

 407-745-0848

E-Mail:  sdc@augustansociety.org

 

Membership is available in two classes:

 

1) Membership as a Descendant of the Conqueror is open to those who can demonstrate unbroken descent from William the Conqueror and his wife Matilda of Flanders.

 

2) Membership as a Descendant of the Companions is open to those who can demonstrate unbroken descent from one of the 39 known companions of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings.

 All descent must be proven with full citations.  The Society of Descendants of the Conquest is a subsidiary of The Augustan Society.

 

 

Society of Descendants of the Founders of the New Haven Colony

 

Post Office Box 270771

West Hartford, CT  06127-0771

 860-233-8414 tim@piratesprivateers.org

 

 The membership of this society shall be limited to direct lineal descendants, male and female, of the founders of the New Haven Colony. A founder of the New Haven Colony is defined as one of the free planters who assented to the Fundamental Agreement of the New Haven Colony on June 4, 1639

 

The list of the free planters who assented to the Fundamental Agreement of the New Haven Colony on June 4, 1639, can be found in the Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven from 1638 to 1649, edited by Charles J. Hoadly, Hartford, Conn.: Case, Tiffany & Co., 1857, pages 11-18.

 

 

Society of Descendants of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem

 

Post Office Box 771276

Orlando, FL  32877-1267

 407-745-0848

E-Mail:  sdlk@augustansociety.org

 

 Membership in the society is open to those who meet the following qualifications for each class of membership:

 

1) Outremer Member: Those individuals who can prove descent from an ancestor who resided or fought in the Holy Land during the Crusades or during the existence of the various Latin Kingdoms of the Holy Land. These members submit their lineage from the ancestor. Because Outremer membership is based on descent it is important that the genealogical proofs submitted be as authoritative and clear in presentation as possible. You may submit more than one line of descent; however, for each additional line an additional genealogist's fee must be paid. GEDCOM files are preferred, but not required.  This is the only hereditary category.

 

 2) Crusader Member: These individuals must belong to an Order of knighthood having fought in the Crusades in the Holy Land, or being the legal successors of such Orders. A list of those orders recognized to date can be located here.  This is not an hereditary category.

 

 3) Pilgrim member: Individuals applying in this class are to submit documentation showing proof of a religious pilgrimage to Jerusalem, or to the one of the countries of the Holy Land or of the Latin Kingdom (e.g. Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Cyprus, or Turkey).  This is not an hereditary category.

 All descent must be proven with full citations.  The Society of Descendants of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem is a subsidiary of The Augustan Society

 

 

Society of Indiana Pioneers

 

140 North Senate Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46204

 317-233-6588 jreverett@aol.com

 

 There are four membership classes available in the Society of Indiana Pioneers: Regular, Junior, Associate and Honorary. Requirements for each membership class are detailed below.

 

Regular Membership is open to men and women eighteen (18) years of age or older, who prove one or more of his or her ancestors meets the qualifications of an Indiana Pioneer. An Indiana Pioneer is one who lived within the present boundary of an Indiana county on or before December 31 of the year listed in the table at right.

Junior Membership is available to persons under eighteen (18) years of age who would be otherwise eligible for Regular Membership but are excluded due to their age. All other requirements for Regular Membership must be met. Junior members are not eligible for service on the Board of Governors or as an officer of the Society.

 

Associate Membership is available to persons who are dedicated to the object of the Society and who have an interest in the pioneer era of the state of Indiana. Associate Members are not eligible for service on the Board of Governors or as an officer of the Society, but may serve in other capacities, including service on any committee except the Nominating and Eligibility Committees.

Honorary Membership is conferred on persons recommended by three Regular Members of the Society, and given unanimous approval by the Board of Governors.

 

 

Society of Kentucky Pioneers

 

11129 Pleasant Ridge Road

Utica, KY 42376

 270-275-4075

 

The Society allows recognition of those persons who descend directly from an ancestor who resided within the limits of what is now the Commonwealth of Kentucky on or before 31 December 1800.

 

 

 Society of the Ark and Dove

 

Attn: Membership

Post Office Box 401

Riderwood, MD 21139-0401

E-Mail:  membership@TheArkAndTheDove

 

Any person shall be eligible to membership in the Society of The Ark and The Dove who is lineally descended from Sir George Calvert, or an ancestor, as the propositus, who came over either on the Ark or the Dove, bearing the first Maryland Colonists under the command of Governor Leonard Calvert, which sailed from Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, on St. Cecilia's Day the 22nd of November, 1633, and who settled the Province of Maryland.

 

 

Society of the Descendants of the Colonial Clergy

 

17 Lowell Mason Road

Medfield, MA 02052-1709

E-Mail:  alebarba@mymailstation.com

 

Membership is based on descent from an ancestor who was a clergyman regularly ordained, installed, or settled over any church within the limits of the thirteen colonies prior to July 4, 1776.  When making contact with the society concerning membership, please give your ancestor and colony.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford

 

Post Office Box 270771

West Hartford, CT 06127-0771

860-233-8414

E-Mail:  tim@piratesprivateers.org

 

Any person shall be eligible for membership in the Society provided he be descended from an ancestor who settled in Hartford before February 1640, as evidenced by the Book of Distribution of Land.

 

 

Society of the Descendants of the Schwenkfeldian Exiles

 

105 Seminary Street

Pennsburg, PA 18073

 215-679-3103

E-Mail:  exile@schwenkfelder.com

 

Membership in the Society is composed of Schwenkfelder Descendant, Associate, and Life members. A Descendant Membership requires proof of lineal descent from the immigrant Schwenkfelder Exiles of 1731 through 1737.  An Associate Membership does not require lineal descent, but payment of the same annual dues as a descendant membership is required.  A Life Membership can be either of the foregoing types and may be obtained upon payment of the required fee.

 

 

Society of the Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge

 

319 Pine Ridge Drive

Afton , TN   37616

423-798-0525

E-Mail:  horses319@comcast.net

 

Eligibility for membership is based upon direct descendants over eighteen years of age of a soldier serving in the Continental Army under the command of His Excellency George Washington at the encampment at Valley Forge in 1777-1778.

Junior Membership is available to those under eighteen years of age who are otherwise qualified to be Hereditary Members.

 

 

Society of the Founders of the City of New Orleans

 

2818 Palmer Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70118

504-866-5809

 

Membership is open to individuals who descend from an established colonist in the New Orleans area before 1768.  "New Orleans area" shall mean the area within a radius of twenty-five (25) miles from St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana.  At no time shall there be more than five active members eligible to vote who qualify as descendants of the same ancestor.  The others following shall become associate members.

 

Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers

 

2745 Saint Ann Street

Butte, MT  59701

406-723-4914

E-Mail:  itlarsonlmone@west.net

 

Any person whose lineal ancestor resided in Montana on or before December 31, 1868, is eligible for membership in this society.

 

 

Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers

 

Post Office Box 6685

Portland, OR 97228

541-963-6387

E-Mail:  mpmiller@eoni.com

 

All direct line descendants of the pioneers who arrived and settled in the Oregon Country, Oregon Territory, or Washington Territory prior to Oregon statehood, February 14, 1859 are eligible for membership in the Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers.

 

 

Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar 1565-1861

 

Post Office Box 330

Pembroke, KY  42266-0339

270-475-4572

E-Mail:  dcsmith42@earthlink.net

 

 Men and women, age 18 or older, who can prove lineal descent from an ancestor who served in lands now comprising the continental United States of America as a judge or lawyer prior to 12 April 1861 in any court-trial, intermediate of Supreme, under laws applicable to the original thirteen English colonies or under laws applicable to other colonies than the original thirteen English colonies or under laws of the National Government enacted pursuant of either the Articles of Confederation or the Constitution of 1789 or under laws applicable to States and Territories of the United States or under the laws of the Republic of Texas or the Republic of Mexico are eligible for membership in this Society.  Ancestral eligibility includes, but is not restricted to, the required service as a judge or lawyer under the laws of the various Colonial Powers (such as England, France, Spain, the Netherlands, or Sweden) or under the laws of the Republic of Texas or the Republic of Mexico.  The fact that in the colonial era there were no clearly separated judicial, legislative, and executive branches does not prevent members of those colonial bodies having multiple functions including a judicial function form qualifying as "judges" and thus eligible propositi for this Society. Both Justices of the Peace and Lords of the Manor with the privilege of Court Leete and Court Baron qualify as "judges".

Each applicant for membership must be sponsored by two members, or must belong to one or more of the hereditary societies as, but not limited to, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution or the National Society Sons of the American Revolution.

 

 

Sons and Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury Massachusetts

 

Post Office Box 444

Newburyport, MA 01950

 

Membership eligibility is based on descent from a settler who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts, prior to 1700.  Membership is comprised of Active, Associate, Junior, Life, and Honorary Members.  Active and Junior Members shall be the documented descendants of those settlers who were in Newbury before 1700.  Associate membership is confined to husbands and wives of Active Members.

 

 

Sons and Daughters of the Province and Republic of West Florida

Post Office Box 82672

Baton Rouge, LA 70884-2672

E-Mail:  inquiry@republicofwestflorida.org

 

 Membership is open to men and women eighteen years or older, who can prove lineal descent from an ancestor residing between 1763 and December 7, 1810, on land in that part of the Province of West Florida, as it was governed by both England and Spain, south of the 31ST parallel, east of the Mississippi River, north of the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Maurepas, and west of the Apalachacola River.  Also eligible are lineal descendants of ancestors who settled east of the Mississippi River as far north of the 31ST parallel as the mouth of the Yazoo River (above present-day Vicksburg, Mississippi) and south of a line running due east from the mouth of the Yazoo across the state of Alabama south of the present day Demopolis to a point on the west bank of the Chattahoochee River near present-day Columbus, Georgia, and west of the Chattahoochee River, between 1763 and March 30, 1798.

 

 

Sons and Daughters of Virginia Founding Fathers

 

1132 North Eufaula Avenue

Eufaula, AL 36027-5537

E-Mail:  SDVAFFmembership@gmail.com

 

Any person eighteen (18) years of age or older who can prove lineal descent from an ancestor, male or female, who was a resident of the Virginia Colony prior to 31 December 1699 is eligible for membership provided they are endorsed by two members and acceptable to the Executive Board.

Membership is by invitation only; however, inquiries are welcome.

 

 

Sons and Daughters of World War II Veterans

 

328 East Main Street

Fredericksburg, TX  78624

830-997-8600 ext. 215

E-Mail:  shagee@nimitzfoundation.org

 

Eligible candidates for membership are those men and women who claim direct lineal descent from any qualifying veteran of World War II.  Applicants for Memorial Membership must only provide proof of military service for the qualifying veteran named.

A qualifying veteran is a man or woman who served in a Branch of the United States Armed Forces, being the United States Army, United States Army Corps/Air Force, United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard and United States Merchant Marine, at any time during the period from 7 December 1941 to 31 December 1946.

 

 

Sovereign Colonial Society Americans of Royal Descent

 

Post Office Box 27112

Philadelphia, PA 19118

E-Mail:  Chancellor@SovereignColonialSocietyAmericansofRoyalDescent,org

 

Eligibility for membership in this Society is based upon lineal descent from one or more Kings. The Society includes the descendants of all the Royal Houses, both medieval and modern.

This is one of the Old World Hereditary Societies.  The Sovereign Colonial Society Americans of Royal Descent is a registered trademark.

Membership is by invitation only.

 

 

Swedish Colonial Society

 

3406 Macomb Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C.  20016

E-Mail:  PeterCraig@ColonialSwedes.org

 

Active Members are all parties (individuals, families & groups) interested in the history of the New Sweden Colony and the early Swedes and Finns in America.  Life Members are Active Members who pay a one-time fee in lieu of annual dues.  Forefather Members are Active Members who can prove descent from Swedish or Finnish colonists in the United States prior to the Treaty of Paris, marking the close of the Revolutionary War, in 1783.

 

 

United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada

 

50 Balwin Street, Suite 202

Toronto, Ontario,

Canada,  M5T 1L4

416-591-1783

E-Mail:  uela@becon.org

 

 Regular Membership, with voting rights in the Association, is restricted to members who can prove they have a Loyalist ancestor who meets the following criteria:  (1) was, as of 19 April 1775, a man or woman who was a resident of the American Colonies, and joined the Royal Standard prior to the Treaty of Separation of 1783, or otherwise demonstrated loyalty to the Crown, and settled in territory remaining under the rule of the Crown; or (2)  a soldier who served in an American Loyalist Regiment and was disbanded in Canada; or (3) a member of the Six Nations of either the Grand River or the Bay of Quinte Reserve who is descended from one whose migration was similar to that of other Loyalists.

 

 

United States Cavalry Association

 

PO Box 2325

Fort Riley, KS 66442-0325

 785-784-5797

E-Mail:  cavalry@flinthills.com

 

 Membership categories in the United States Cavalry Association are as follows: (1) Heritage Troopers are the lineal or collateral descendants of Cavalrymen or the widows of Cavalrymen; (2)  Charter (Horse) Troopers served in a mounted unit and have actively participated in horse-mounted combat, drill, or exercises, as part of that unit, either in the Regular, Reserve, or National Guard of the United States Army;  (3)  Modern Cavalry Troopers were assigned and served in Mechanized, Armor, or Air Calvary units and participated in drills and maneuvers in either the Regular, Reserve, or National Guard of the United States Army;  (4) Regular Troopers share an interest in the history, traditions, heritage, and equestrian activities of the Calvary.

 

 

Veteran Corps of Artillery State of New York

 

643 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10021

212-249-3919

E-Mail:  cclmd@aol.com

 

 Membership in the Corps is comprised (1) Enrolled Members, which include any citizen of the United States, of lawful age and good moral character, who are admitted to membership in the Artillery Service Detachment of the Veteran Corps of Artillery.  Citizens of the United States between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one years who are otherwise qualified, may be admitted with the consent of their parents or guardians; and (2)  Revolutionary Members, who, under regulations made by the Council of Administration, are members in good standing of the Society of the Cincinnati, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the proven descendants of soldiers and sailors of the Revolution.

 

 

Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge

 

Post Office Box 11129

Arlington, VA 22210-2129

703-528-4058

E-Mail:  johnbowen@battleofthebulge.org

 

Original Members are those who received the Ardennes Campaign battle star of the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal as defined by War Department General Orders 114, dated December 7, 1945.  The battle star was awarded to those who were assigned or attached to, and present for duty with, a unit during the period in which it participated in combat, or actually engaged in combat regardless of the unit to which assigned, in the Ardennes region of eastern Belgium and Northern Luxemburg from December 16, 1944, to January 25, 1945, known as the Battle of the Bulge.  Combat service must have been in the area forward of the line: Euskirchen-Eupen (inclusive)- Liege (exclusive), east bank of the Meuse River to its intersection with the Franco-Belgian border, thence south and east along this border and the southern border of Luxembourg.

 

Hereditary Members are the direct descendants of those who are Original Members or would have been qualified to have been Original Members. Hereditary Members have the full privileges of memberships.

Associate membership is available for relatives and friends of Battle of the Bulge Members or those having an historical interest or study of the Battle of the Bulge.

 

 

Welcome Society of Pennsylvania

 

415 South Croskey Street

Philadelphia, PA 19146

 webmaster@welcomesociety.org

 

Membership is composed of men and women of good moral character and reputation who are the descendants of those ancestors who traveled with fellow Quakers to America between September 28, 1681 and September 16, 1682.  This includes the twenty-three trans-Atlantic voyages made by the following twenty-two ships:  Welcome; Bristol Factor; John & Sarah; Amity; Freeman; Hester & Hannah; Lyon; Friendship; Mary; Society; Golden Hindle; Samuel; Friends Adventure; Providence; Elizabeth, Ann & Catherine; Hopewell; Lamb; Jeffrey; Antelope; Unicorn; Submission; and Adventure.

Active Members are men and women over the age of twenty-one.  Residents are considered to be those living within fifty miles of Philadelphia, while nonresidents are those who live beyond fifty miles.

Junior Members are those individuals under the age of twenty-one.  Junior members cannot vote, hold office or propose or endorse members, but may be invited to entertainments given by the Society. Upon reaching age twenty-one, Junior Members automatically become Active Members.

 

 

Welsh Society of Philadelphia

 

Post Office Box 7287

Saint Davids, PA  19087-7287

610-256-3030 secretary@welsh-society-phila.org

 

 Membership in the society is open to anyone of Welsh descent. To be eligible, one has only to establish a family connection, however remote, with Wales. Junior Membership is available to individuals under age twenty-five. Associate Membership is available for those who cannot establish Welsh descent, but have an interest in Wales and Welsh history.

 

 

Winthrop Society

 

23738 Woodhaven Place

Auburn, CA 95602-8170

E-Mail:  csecretary@winthropsociety.com

 

Membership is open to all men and women of good character and proven lineal descent from one or more passengers of the Winthrop fleet, or of others who settled in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and down east before 1634.