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National Guild of Saint Margaret of Scotland
10742 Lanett Circle
Dallas, TX  75238-3733
 
  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.

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National Huguenot Society
7340 Blanco Road, Suite 104
San Antonio, TX 78216-4970
 
210-366-9995 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.

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National Order of the Blue and Gray
9 Taney Avenue
Annapolis, MD  21401-3760
 
  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.

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National Society Americans of Royal Descent
1949 Green Mill Road
Finksburg, MD 21048-1745
 

Eligibility for membership is based upon Royal Descent from Ruling Houses of Europe and the British Isles and a member in good standing in one or more recognized American lineage societies, having to do with periods of American history anterior to the American Revolution.  In addition, a woman candidate must be a member of either the Colonial Dames of America or the National Society Colonial Dames of America.

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

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National Society Children of the American Colonists
2205 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20008
 
202-667-3076 nscac@hotmail.com
 

Membership is available to any child, male or female, of good moral character, from birth through twenty-one years of age, who is lineally descended from an ancestor who rendered civil or military services to any of the Colonies prior to July 4, 1776.

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National Society Children of the American Revolution
1776 'D' Street NW Room 224
Washington, DC 20006-5392
 
(202) 737-3162 hq@nscar.org
 

Any boy or girl under the age of twenty-one is eligible for membership in the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution who is lineally descended from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty, rendered material aid to the cause of American Independence as a soldier, sailor, civil officer, or recognized patriot in one of the several Colonies or States, or of the United States, provided that the applicant is personally acceptable to the Society.

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National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century
1300 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
 
202-293-1700 information@colonialdames17c.net
 

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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National Society Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century
Box 200
Harvel, IL 62538
 
217-526-4530  
 

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars
6013 Old Niles Ferry Pike
Greenback, TN  37742-3615
 
865-856-3419  
 

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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National Society Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America
3062 Poinsettia Drive
San Diego, CA  92106
 
619-223-0350 webmistress@nsdfpa.org
 

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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National Society Daughters of the American Colonists
2205 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
 
202-667-3076 cc@nsdac.org
 

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
1776 D. Street
Washington, DC 20006
 
202-628-1776  
 

Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. The National Society reserves the right to determine the acceptability of all service and proof thereof. The National Society accepts service, with some exceptions, for the period between 19 April 1775 (Battle of Lexington) and 26 November 1783 (withdrawal of British Troops from New York) as follows:  Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Military Service, certain types of Civil Service (under authority of Provisional or new State Governments), and certain types of Patriotic Service. Admission to membership in the NSDAR is either by invitation through a state chapter or unit overseas.

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National Society Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede
7736 Bridle Path Lane
McLean, VA  22102
 
703-448-9799  
 

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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National Society Daughters of the British Empire in the USA
839 Elm Way
Edmonds, WA 98020
 
425-774-4041  
 

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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National Society Daughters of the Union 1861-1865
Post Office Box 718
New Albany, IN  47150-0718
 
  NSDUinfo@yahoo.com
 

Membership is open to any woman eighteen years of age or over provided she is a direct lineal or collateral descendant of a man or woman who rendered military or civil service to the Union during the years 1861-1865.  Legal adoption shall not qualify for lineal or collateral descent.  Documentary proof of the ancestor's service in one the following categories is necessary for admission into the Society: (1) served honorably in the Union Army or Navy, (2) a military or pension record from the National Archives or honorable discharge certificate is required, when available, (3) served in a pro-Union county or state militia or home guard, (4) served as a civilian employee of Union forces, (5) rendered material aid, medical attention, or comfort to Union forces, (6)  served as a member of President Lincoln's cabinet, (7) served as an employee of the Federal government, or (8) suffered the loss of personal property or personal liberty due to unfailing allegiance to the Union.

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

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National Society Descendants of Early Quakers

1296 Casa Solana Drive

Wheaton, IL  60189-8216
 
  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.

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National Society Ladies of the Thistle
209 Zornia Drive

San Antonio, TX  78213-2113

 
210-342-7998  
 

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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National Society Magna Charta Dames
Post Office Box 4222
Philadelphia, PA 19144
 
215-836-5022 magnacharta@magnacharta.org
 

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

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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National Society of New England Women

8053 Daytona Drive

Clayton, MO 63105-2509
 
314 647 7986 nsnewpg@alexisantiques.com
 

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

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National Society of Old Plymouth Colony Descendants
189 Sherrin Street
Hyde Park, MA  02136-1851
 
  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.

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National Society of Saints and Sinners
2705 Country Valley Road
Garland, TX  75043-1119
 
214-703-5413 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.

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National Society of the Colonial Dames of America
2715 Q. Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
 
202-337-0972 info@nscda.org
 

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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National Society of the Dames of the Court of Honor
115 Denbigh Drive
Iowa City, IA  52246-4911
 

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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National Society of the Washington Family Descendants
2221 Shady Lane
Covington, GA  30209-8719
 
  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.

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National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1607-1861

5233 North Willowhaven Drive

Durham, NC  27712-1958

 

  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.

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National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims
Post Office Box 339
426 South Main Street
  Pembroke, KY  42266-0339
 

 

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.

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National Society Sons of Colonial New England
7501 West 101st Street
#204
Bloomington, MN  55438
 
612-750-8421 pappabearmn@yahoo.com
 

Membership is open to any man of the age of eighteen years or more who can prove direct descent from a person who was born in one of the six New England colonies prior to July 4, 1776. The New England colonies are Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

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National Society Sons of the American Colonists
7501 West 101st Street
#204
Bloomington, MN  55438
 
612-750-8421 pappabearmn@yahoo.com
 

Membership is open to any American man, of eighteen years of age and of good moral character and reputation. He must provide proof of lineal descendant from an ancestor who rendered civil or military service in any of the Colonies in America before 4 July 1776, including service in any of the following capacities: (1) in a battle under colonial authority, (2) under the banner of Great Britain in North America in any of the wars in which the Colonists participated, (3) all Military and Naval service of the Colonies, (4) filled office of Governor, Lt. Governor or Deputy Governor, (5) member or delegate to Council or Assembly, (6) member of House of Burgesses, (7) Deputy or Representative to General Court, (8) Commissioner of the United Colonies; of Boundaries or Treaties; of Impost or Excuse; to the French or Indians, (9) Secretary, Magistrate, Selectman, Justice, Judge of any Court of Law, or Equity Attorney, Advocate or Solicitor, (10) Founder or Trustee of any College in North America founded prior to 1776, (11) Minister of the Gospel, or Commissary of the Bishops of London, (12) member of the Committee of Safety of the Continental Congress 1774-1775, (13) member of Council of Safety of 1689, (14) Signer of the Mayflower Compact, (15) Speaker of the House of Deputies, (16) physician or surgeon, (17) member of Provincial Congress, (18) Signer of the Declaration of Independence, (19) Huguenot refugee, (20) Signer of Oath of Allegiance to Great Britain, (21) member of the London, Plymouth and Virginia Companies who actually came to the colonies, and descendants of the members of these companies who resided in the Colonies, (22) Palatine settler, (23) descendants of Coventers from Scotland, (24) original land owner or proprietor, not inheritor, (25) Salzburgers of Georgia.

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National Society Sons of Utah Pioneers
3301 East 2920 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
 
801-484-4441 info@sonsofutahpioneers.org
 

Eligibility for ancestral membership is based upon descent from an ancestor who came to Utah as a pioneer before the completion of the transcontinental railroad (1869).

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National Society Southern Dames of America
709 Douglas Drive
Johnson City, TN  37604-1920
 
  bdoody@bellsouth.net
 

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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National Society United States Daughters of 1812
500 Mount Pleasant Road N. E
Fairmount, GA 30139-3406
 
(770) 382-6676 jeanbelew@bigfoot.com
 

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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National Society Women Descendants Ancient & Honorable Artillery Co.
49 Carriage Hills Drive
Windham, ME  04062-4927
 
  nbcobos@verizonmail.com
 

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

 
Membership is by invitation only.

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Naval Order of the United States
Post Office Box 2714
Merrifield, VA 22116-2714
 
703-323-1673 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.

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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.

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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.

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Noble Society of Celts
'Apsley Manor'
3400 Station Boulevard
Brooksville, FL  34604
 
852-799-2627 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.

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North American Manx Association
P.O. Box 105
Lanark, IL 61046-0105
 
  standish@aeroinc.net
 
Membership is available to individuals who descend from an ancestor born on the Isle of Man.

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