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Complete List of
Active Hereditary Societies


Included in these pages are the known names, addresses, websites, founding dates, descriptions and membership guidelines for active hereditary societies of the United States of America.  The listings are alphabetical, and the index links at the bottom of this text will direct you to the page you seek.

The information contained herein may occasionally become outdated.  The HSC webmaster welcomes notification of new societies, as well as updated information regarding existing societies.  If any information here is incorrect, or the officers of any society listed here wish certain elements to be altered or removed, please contact the HSC webmaster, and he will do so in a timely manner.

The criteria used in determining whether an organization is an hereditary society is comprised of several factors.  The nature of, and requirements for membership, the structure of the organization and the scope of membership allowance are all elements HSC evaluates. Some lineage society recognize descent from a single, specific ancestor.  Because of the growing number of such organizations, HSC has designated a separate page for singular ancestor societies, which can be accessed here.  In exceptional cases, allowances are made for singular ancestor societies on the complete society listings if it is determined that the ancestor is of sufficient, historical significance (ie. Charlemagne, Thomas Jefferson, Mayflower passengers, etc.)

Furthermore, HSC presents the information included on this website, simply as a consolidated list of recognized lineage societies.  In no way does HSC validate the integrity of the genealogical standards or membership qualifications of any specific group, but simply presents the information as a source of data.  We encourage anyone interested in membership to carefully evaluate the reputation and genealogical standards of each, respective lineage society before becoming a member or making payment or contributions.

Furthermore, those societies which list "membership is by invitation only" should not be contacted concerning membership.  This is not only inappropriate, but will significantly hinder a potential member's future candidacy in a society.  HSC strongly advises against contacting those societies, except in cases of peripheral research or through members of that society.
 






 

Alamo Defenders' Descendants Association
17421 Woods Road
Harlingen, TX 78552
 
956-423-6625 email
 

Membership 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.

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Alden Kindred of America
Post Office Box 2754
Duxbury, MA  02331
 
781-934-9092 email
 

Membership in the Alden Kindred is open to all individuals, families and business organizations.  There are two basic types of membership: Kindred and Museum.

Kindred members can trace and document their ancestry to John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden while their non-descendant spouses and adopted children can join as Associate Members.

Museum members are those individuals who cannot or have not traced and documented their ancestry to John and Priscilla but who still wish to help preserve a most important landmark, the Alden House Historic Site and the precious heritage it represents.

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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.

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American Ex-Prisoners of War
3201 East Pioneer Parkway
Suite 40
Arlington, TX  76010
 
817-649-2979

email

 

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.

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Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts
Armory, Faneuil Hall
Boston, MA  02109
 
617-227-1638  
 

Member by Right of Descent is any male citizen of the United States who is a direct descendant of a former member of the Company whose service dated prior to 1738, on the prescribed application signed by himself, accompanied by a membership fee and a sworn statement showing the line of descent, similar to those used by similar historical societies, and upon compliance with the prescribed procedure, may become a member by vote of the Company.

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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.

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Associated Daughters of Early American Witches
902 26th Avenue Court
Silvis, IL 61282-2873
 
  adeawregistrar@gmail.com
 
A woman must be at least sixteen years of age and able to prove descent from an ancestor or ancestress who was accused, tried, or executed for the practice of witchcraft prior to December 31, 1699.
 
Membership is by invitation only.

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Aztec Club of 1847
1036 Webster Street
New Orleans, LA  70118-5953
 
  max@azteclub.com
 

Hereditary Members are males who have attained the age of eighteen years, and are the lineal or collateral descendants of officers who were Original Members, or of those officers who would have been qualified to have been Original Members.

Original Members were commissioned officers of the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps, Regular or Volunteer, who actually served in some part of Mexico, Mexican territory, or Mexican waters during the War with Mexico (May 13, 1846, to February 2, 1848).

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
5352 Hackett Avenue
Lakewood, CA  90713
 
secretary@asuvcw.org
 

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

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

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

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

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

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Baronial Order of Magna Charta
1285 Branch Road
Wells, ME  04090-6057
 
207-985-9143 rpv47@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.

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Bloodlines of Salem
753 East Lakepoint Drive
Apartment 1G
Murray, UT 884107-6729
 
  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

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Canary Islands Descendants Association
257 Bustilla Drive
San Antonio, TX  78214-1801
 
  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.

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Children of the Confederacy
328 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
 
840-355-1636 hqudc@rcn.com
 

Those eligible for membership are boys and girls, from infancy to age eighteen, who are blood descendants, lineal or collateral of men and women who served honorably in the Confederate Army, Navy, Civil Service or gave material aid to the Confederate cause.  Membership is also available to those boys and girls who are lineal or collateral descendants of members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy or the Sons of Confederate Veterans whose papers are acceptable by the present requirements of membership

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Children of the Republic of Texas
510 East Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78752
 
512-339-1997 cusgen@sbcglobal.net
 

Membership is open to Individuals under the age of twenty-one, provided they are personally acceptable to the Association and are a lineal descendant of a man or a woman who rendered loyal service for Texas prior to consummation of the Annexation Agreement of the Republic of Texas with the United States of America, February 19, 1846.  Acceptable service is the same as the required for membership in the Daughters of the Republic Texas.

Women who have reached the age of sixteen are eligible to join the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.  Men who have reached the age of eighteen are eligible to join the Sons of the Republic of Texas.

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Colonial Dames of America
421 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10021
 
212-838-5489 webmaster@cdamesusa.org
 

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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Colonial Order of the Crown
Post Office Box 27023
Philadelphia, PA 19118
 
  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.

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Colonial Order of the Acorn
Address Withheld
 

It is a prerequisite that a candidate shall be a descendant, in the male line, of a forefather resident prior to July 4, 1776, in one of the North American Colonies, that afterwards became the thirteen original states, and shall be nominated for membership and seconded by members of the Order.

 
Membership is strictly by invitation only.

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Colonial Society of Pennsylvania
The Racquet Club
215 South 16th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
 

Resident Members shall be gentlemen over twenty-one years of age, residing in Pennsylvania or within a radius of one hundred miles of Philadelphia, who are lineally descended from a male or female actually settled prior to the year 1700 in any colony of what is now the United States of America.  Resident membership shall be limited to three hundred in number.

Nonresident Members shall be otherwise eligible to be resident members, who do not reside in Pennsylvania or within a radius of one hundred miles of Philadelphia.  There shall be no limit in the number of Nonresident Members.

Junior Members shall be otherwise eligible to be resident members, but under twenty-one years of age.  There shall be no limit in the number of Junior Members, regardless of where he resides.  Not with standing the three hundred member limitation, a junior member becoming eligible for resident membership shall not be place on the waiting list.

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Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars
10602 North Avenue H
La Porte, Texas  77571-9246
 
  faymckinney@houston.rr.com
 

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

 
Membership is by Invitation Only.

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Dames of the Loyal Legion of the United States
7154 Willowlane Avenue, NW
Massillon, OH 44646
 
330-854-6326 RSchaef535@aol.com
 

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

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Daughters of Hawaii
2913 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96817
 
808-595-6291 doh1903@hawaii.rr.com
 

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

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Daughters of the Cincinnati
20 West 44th Street,  #508
New York, NY 10036
 
212-991-9945  
 

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

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Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington
1642 43rd Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98112
 
206-325-0888 membership@wapioneers.org
 

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

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

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Daughters of the Republic of Texas
510 East Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78752
 
512-339-1997 drt_busoffice@sbcglobal.net
 

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

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

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Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865
503 South Walnut Street
Springfield, IL 62704-1932
 
217-544-0616 duvcw@comp.net
 

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

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Descendants of Austin's Old Three Hundred
4602 Lakeside Meadow Drive
Missouri City, TX 77459-1640
 
  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.

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Descendants of Founders of New Jersey
10 Buckingham Avenue
Trenton, NJ  08618
 
  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.

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Descendants of Mexican War Veterans
P.O. Box 461941
Garland, TX 75046-1941
 
  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.

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Descendants of Sheriffs & Constables of Colonial & Antebellum America
1417 Terrace Avenue
Johnsburg, IL  60051-5709
 
815-385-3373 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.

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Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor
Post Office Box 39
Windsor, CT 06095-0039
 
860-429-8751 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.

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Descendants of the Honored at Rest in Arlington National Cemetery
214 Orange Street, Suite A
Auburndale, FL 33823
 
863-207-1823 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.

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Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons & Daughters of the Kings of Britain
Post Office Box 1326
Cupertino, CA  95015
 
408-739-3828 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.

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Descendants of the Knights of the Bath
14497 NW 22nd Place
Newberry, FL  32669-2022
 
352-333-3010 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.

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Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence
7157 Southeast Reed College Place
Portland, OR  97202-8354
  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.

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Descendants of Whaling Masters
Post Office Box 824
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
 
508-758-6090 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.

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Dutch Colonial Society
10742 Lanett Circle
Dallas, TX  75283-3733
 
214-340-6661 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.

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Dutch Settlers of Albany
608 25th Street
Watervliet, New York 12189
 
518-456-7202 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.

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Elder William Brewster Society
Post Office Box 355
Branford, CT 06405
 
203-315-5005 GThomp5749@aol.com
 

Membership is open to proven lineal descendants of William Brewster who came to Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in 1620, and served as Elder of the Colony.

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