A lineage or hereditary society is a member-based group that is organized around a common ancestor or ancestors of historical importance. For example, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants is comprised of members who can trace their lineage to one of the original passengers from the Mayflower. These societies aim to preserve the memory of their common ancestry, participate in historic conservation and education, and may provide original scholarship or a specialized facility to aid family historians.
Although no society is the same, each provides an environment for members to share their common ancestry. This Portable Genealogist provides information on a number of lineage societies, the general application process, and tips for finding missing links.
This four-page laminated guide can fit easily in your research binder.
By Lindsay Fulton