Genealogy Question- Lineage Societies- To join or not to join?
My family tree has been traced back through multiple lines to some pretty interesting origins. Between my hubby and I, we have representation of both males and females in almost every American War somewhere in our family tree. We also have multiple immigrant origin stories. Until recently, I had not really thought about how this information could lead us to been involved in any sort of lineage society. But after talking to some fellow Genealogy aficionados, I am beginning to think I should start linking our family tree to these organizations. What a wealth of information that could add depth and dimension to my research! The problems are….
- Which one(s) do I join and for which specific ancestors?
- What are the benefits of joining?
- How do I join without breaking the bank?
The first lineage society I typically think of is the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) or Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Did you know there is also a National Society of the Children of the American Revolution (CAR)? And each of those have local chapters? That is just for one war. There appear to be lineage societies for each major military action in the United States. BUT, that doesn’t cover the scope! Lineage societies can be related to any significant event, ethnic origin or even a particular person, last name, or even, job. That makes the scope of choices amazingly huge. Where does someone even start?
Over the next few weeks, I am going to share my experience answering some of these questions and more.