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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.

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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.

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First Families of Ohio
713 South Main Street
Mansfield, OH 44907-1164
 
419-756-7294 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.

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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.

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First Families of the Twin Territories
Post Office Box 12986
Oklahoma City, OK 73157
 
405-528-7460 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.

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First Settlers of the Shenandoah Valley
701 Donaghe Street
Staunton, VA  24401-2838
 
  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.

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Flagon and Trencher
1716 Bigley Avenue
Charleston, WV  25302-3938
 
304-340-0200 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).

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Fuller Society
42 Sugar Maple Lane
Tinton Falls, NJ  07724-2716
 
  fullersociety@aol.com
 

Membership is open to proven lineal descendants of Dr. Samuel Fuller and Edward Fuller, whom came to Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in 1620.  Regular membership is also open to anyone having an interest in the Fuller Pilgrims.

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General Society of Colonial Wars
1420 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore, MD  21201-5779
 
  admin@gscw.org
 

Hereditary Membership in the General Society of Colonial Wars is open to any male person above the age of eighteen years of good moral character and reputation, provided he be lineally descended in the male or female line from an ancestor who served as a military or naval officer, or as a soldier, sailor, or marine, or as a privateersman, under authority of any of the Colonies which afterward formed the United States, or in the forces of Great Britain which participated with those of the said Colonies which afterward formed the United States, or in the forces of Great Britain which participated with those of the said Colonies in any wars in the which the said Colonies were engaged, or in which they enrolled men, during the period from the settlement of Jamestown, May 13, 1607 to the battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775; or who held office in any of the colonies between the dates mentioned above, as  Director General, Vice-Director General, or member of the Council or legislative body in the Colony of New Netherland; Governor, Lieutenant or Deputy Governor, Lord Proprietor, member of the King's or Governor's Council, or of the legislative body, in the Colony of New York, the Jerseys, Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Delaware; Lord Proprietor, Governor, deputy Governor, or member of the Council, or the legislative body in Maryland, the Carolinas, or Georgia; Governor, Deputy Governor, Governor's Assistant, or Commissioner to the United Colonies of New England, or member of the Council, body of Assistants, or legislative body, in any of the New England Colonies; a Justice, Judge, Justice of the Peace, or other Judicial officer.

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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General Society of Mayflower Descendants
4 Winslow Street
Post Office Box 3297
Plymouth, MA 02361
 
508-746-3188 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

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General Society Sons of the Revolution
412 West Frances Street  
Williamsburg, VA  23185
 
800-593-1776 GSSR1776@sbcglobal.net
 

Any male person of good character, and lineal descendant of one who, as a military, naval or marine officer, soldier, sailor, or marine, in actual service, under the authority of any of the thirteen Colonies or States or of the Continental Congress, and remaining always loyal to such authority, or a lineal descendant of one who signed the Declaration of Independence, or of one who, as a member of the Continental Congress, or of the Congress of any of the Colonies or States, or as an official appointed by or under the authority of any such legislative bodies, actually assisted in the establishment of American Independence by services rendered during the War of the Revolution, becoming thereby liable to conviction of treason against the Government of Great Britain, but remaining always loyal to the authority of the Colonies or States, or, who served honorably in a military or naval expedition against the British during the War of the Revolution under the authority of the French or Spanish Governments shall be eligible to membership in the Society. Both Senior and Junior (the latter under the age of eighteen years) memberships are available.

Provided that, when the claim of eligibility is based on the service of an ancestor in the "minute-men" or "militia", it must be satisfactorily shown that such an ancestor was actually called into service of the State or United States, and performed garrison or field duty; and

Provided further that, when the claim of eligibility is based on the service of an ancestor as a "sailor" or "marine", it must in like manner be shown that such service was other than shore duty and regularly performed in the Continental Navy, or the navy of one of the original thirteen states, or on an armed vessel, other than a merchant ship, which sailed under letters of marque and reprisal, and that such ancestor of the applicant was duly enrolled in the ship's company, either as an officer, seaman or otherwise than as a passenger; and

Provided further that, when the claim of eligibility is based on the service of an ancestor as an "official," such service must have been performed in the civil service of the United States, or one of the thirteen original States, and must have been sufficiently important in character to have rendered the official liable to arrest and imprisonment, the same as a combatant, if captured by the enemy, as well as liable to conviction of treason against the Government of Great Britain.

Service in the ordinary duties of civil office, the performance of which did not particularly and effectively aid the American Cause shall not constitute eligibility.

In the construction of this article, the volunteer Aides-de-Camp of General Officers in Continental Service, who were duly announced as such and who actually served in the field during a campaign, shall be comprehended as having performed qualifying service.

The civil officials and military forces of the State of Vermont, during the War of the Revolution, shall also be comprehended in the same manner as if they had belonged to one of the thirteen original States.

No service of an ancestor shall be deemed as qualifying service for membership in the "Sons of the Revolution" where such ancestor, after assisting in the cause of American Independence, shall have subsequently either adhered to the enemy, or failed to maintain an honorable record throughout the War of the Revolution.

No person shall be admitted unless he be eligible under one of the provisions of this article, nor unless he be of good moral character and be judged worthy of becoming a member.

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General Society of the War of 1812
1219 Charmuth Road
Lutherville, MD 21093-6404
 
610-388-6015 GSW1812@netscape.net
 

Any male person above the age of twenty-one years, who participated in, or who is a lineal descendant of one who served during the War of 1812, in the army, navy, revenue-marine, or privateer service of the United States, offering proof thereof satisfactory to the State Society to which he may make application for membership, and who is of good moral character and reputation, may become a member of this Society when approved of by said State Society, under such regulations as it may make for passing upon applications for membership.

    The following service and no other shall be regarded as satisfying the requirements of the preceding paragraph:

    (1)  Service as an officer or enlisted man in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Volunteers at any time between June 19, 1812, and February 18, 1815;

    (2)  Service at any time between June 19, 1812, and February 18, 1815, as a member of the ship's company on any public armed vessel of the United States or any vessel sailing under letters of marquee and reprisal issued by the United States;

    (3)  Service in the militia of any state or territory or the District of Columbia duly called out for service against an armed enemy or for coast or border defense between June 19, 1812, and February 18, 1815;

    (4)  Service in the forces of the United States at the Battle of Tippecanoe.

No service, however, shall be regarded as qualifying if the person who rendered such service voluntarily bore arms against the United States at any time between the dates named or if such person's latest service between said dates was terminated by a separation from the service under conditions other than honorable.

In case of the failure of lineal descendants of an actual participant in the War on behalf of the United States, one collateral descendant, who is deemed worthy, may be admitted to represent the said participant.

Provided, always, that such representation shall be limited to the descendant of either a brother or sister of the participant in the war, in right of whose services application for membership is made.

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Governor William Bradford Compact
5204 Kenwood Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
 

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

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Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen 1607-1783
10 Montanoso Circle
Hot Springs, AR  71909-6309  
 
501-922-0714 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.

 
Membership is by invitation only.  Inquiries are welcome.

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Hereditary Order Descendants Loyalists & Patriots American Revolution
11033 West Sun City Boulevard
Sun City, AZ  85351-3760
 
  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.

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors
126 Phoebe Road
Summerville, SC  29483
 
  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.

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Hereditary Order of the Families of Presidents and First Ladies of America
1716 Bigley Avenue
Charleston, WV  25302-3938
 
304-340-0200 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

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Hereditary Order of the First Families of Massachusetts
13810 West Via Manana
Sun City West, AZ 85375
 
  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. 

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Hereditary Order of the Signers of the Bush Declaration
4219 Paddrick Road
Darlington, MD  21034
 
410-836-3433 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.

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Hereditary Society Daughters of Founding Fathers of America 1606-1656
P. O. Box 239
Ranburne, AL 36273-0239
 
  HSDFFA@AOL.com
 

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

Membership is by written invitation from the President General only.

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Hereditary Society of Teachers
1404 Shadyside
Raleigh, NC  27612-2442
 
919-847-2708 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 oc 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.

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Holland Society of New York
20 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
 
212-758-1675 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.

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Hood's Texas Brigade Association
112 Lamar Drive
Post Office Box 619
Hillsboro, TX  76645
 
254-582-2555  ext 242 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.

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Huguenot Society of America
122 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022
 
212-755-0592 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.

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Huguenot Society of South Carolina
138 Logan Street
Charleston, SC 29401-1941
 
843-723-3235 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.

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Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia
Post Office Box 23
Sharon, TN  38225-0023
 
731-456-2184 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.

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International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers
300 North Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84103-1699
 
801-532-6479 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.

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Jamestowne Society
Post Office Box 17426
Richmond, VA 23226
 
804-673-6006 email form
 

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.

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Knights of the Order of San Jacinto
1717 Eighth Street
Bay City, TX 77414
 
800-624-5079 srttexas@srttexas.org
 

To be eligible for membership in the Knights of the Order of San Jacinto, a person must be either an active or an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and in addition thereto, must have performed an outstanding service to or have made a sacrifice beyond the bounds of duty in behalf of the State of Texas or must have by his talents contributed to the development of the heritage of Texas.  Election to this elite corps within the Sons of the Republic of Texas may be granted to no more than three men each year.

Should a Knight of the Order of San Jacinto resign his membership, either active or honorary, in the Sons of the Republic of Texas or otherwise cease to be a member of such Organization, he shall ipso facto cease to be a member of the Knights of the Order of San Jacinto.

 
Membership is strictly by election.

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La Société des Filles du roi et soldats du Carignan

Post Office Box 220144

Chantilly, VA 20153-6144

 
 

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.

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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.

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Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars
406 West 34th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
 
816-561-8655 info@ladiesauxvfw.com
 

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

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

 

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

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Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic
119 North Swarthmore Avenue, Apt. 1-H
Ridley Park, PA 19078
 
215-521-1328

jmclgar@aol.com

 

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

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

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Legion of Valor of the United States of America
4706 Calle Reina
Santa Barbara, CA 93110-2018
 
919-933-0989 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.

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Los Floridanos Society
11 Palm Row Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
 
  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.

 

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Los Pobladores 200
7440 W 91st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90045-3431
 
310-670-0636 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.

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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.

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Menorcan Cultural Society
Post Office Box 3565
St. Augustine, FL 32085-3565
 
  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

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Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States
5016 Schuyler Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
 
215-844-7650 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

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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.

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Military Order of the Crusades
1285 Branch Road
Wells, ME  04090-6057
 
207-985-9143 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.

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Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
4209 Santa Clara Drive
Holt, MI  48842-1868
 
517-694-9394 pcinc@prodigy.net
 

The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) was created in 1865 upon hearing of the death of Abraham Lincoln.  Originally composed of Union Officers, it is now composed of descendants of officers of the Union Army, Navy and Marines.  There are currently four categories of membership within MOLLUS: Hereditary, Junior, Associate and Honorary.

Hereditary - Direct male descendants of the age of 18 years or more of a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, Navy or Marines who served during the War of the Rebellion, or male descendants of a brother or sister of any such officer.

Junior - Direct male descendants under age 18 years of an eligible officer or of a brother or sister of any such eligible officer.  Junior Companions cannot vote or hold office.

Associate - Males of the age 18 years or more who are not known to be eligible for Hereditary membership and who subscribe to the Preamble, Principles and Objects of the order and who have demonstrated a serious interest in the War of the Rebellion, and whose membership will advance the objects of the Order.  Associates may vote and serve on committees, but may not hold office.  Not all Commanderies provide for this particular membership category.

Honorary - Bestowed by the Commandery-in-Chief and Commanderies under the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws.

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Military Order of the Purple Heart
5413-B Backlick Road
Springfield, VA 22151-3960
 
703-642-5360 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

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Military Order of the Stars and Bars
Post Office Box 1700
White House, TN  37188-1700
 
877-790-6672 mosbihq@mosbihq.org
 

Membership in the Military Order of the Stars & Bars is limited to male descendants, either lineal or collateral, of the Confederate Officer Corps, members of the Confederate Congress, or any elected or appointed member of the Executive Branch of the Confederate Government. All members must be at least twelve years old.

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Military Order of the World Wars
435 North Lee Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
 
703-683-4911 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.

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Military Society of the War of 1812
7th Regiment Armory
643 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
 
212-249-3919 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

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Minnesota Territorial Pioneers
Suite 328
176 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55104
 
651-379-1849 mnterritorialpioneers@yahoo.com
 

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

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Monticello Association
149 West Main Street
Post Office Box 871
Orange, VA  22960
 
303-806-8443 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.

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Morgan's Men Association
1691 Kilkenny Drive
Lexington, KY 40505
 
859-299-7679 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.

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