Jay C. Wood
Copyright (C) 2007 by Jay C. Wood
Chapter 1 - History
Chapter 2 - Types of Societies
Chapter 3 - Genealogy
Chapter 4 - Documentation
Chapter 5 - Qualifications to Join Societies
Chapter 6 - Applications
Chapter 7 - Formats
Chapter 8 - Pedigree Chart Entries
Chapter 9 - Prepare Your Documents
Chapter 10 - Assembly the Final Package
Chapter 11 - Membership Application
From the Introduction.
(Page 4) This book is derived from two main sources. First, I have given a lecture titled “Lineage and Hereditary Societies”
several times. Second, I have served as Registrar for a large Society both at the Chapter and the State levels. I have brought
together the research from the first and the experience from the second and this is the result of that combination.
(Page 4) Something you as the reader and a potential Lineage and Hereditary Society member must understand at the very
beginning. Each and every Society is autonomous. Each Society is self-sufficient as far as they are concerned. Any given
Society may or may not cooperate with other Societies and even then each retains its own independence.
(Page 6) A word of caution: Research the Society before you begin the application process. Find out what that Society is about
and what it tries to do. Once you are accepted into a given Society, you might find that it is not for you. In other words, the
Society’s aims and your aims might not coincide.
(Page 7) Throughout this book, most of the time when I first use a technical term or some other word with which you might
need a definition, I have included the definition I use. Here are a few to start off with.
Lineage and Hereditary Society: A group whose members are descended from an ancestor or other relative who was in a
particular place at a particular time or whose ancestor or other relative took part in a specific event. It is important to note that it
is not the activities of the member, rather the activities of the member’s ancestor or other relative that qualifies the member to
From Chapter 4 - Documentation.
(Page 31) Types of Documents. What you will be submitting with your Membership Application are more pieces of paper in
addition to the application. Not all of it will come from primary sources and the further back in time you go the more likely it is
to have come from a secondary source. Everything you send with your Membership Application is considered ‘documentation’
and should always be the best available.
(Page 33) Later we will cover how to prepare your Membership Application package, including all the documentation, but for
now, get in the habit of noting where you found each and every document you find. There is nothing more frustrating than to
be holding a piece of paper with important information on it and wondering, “Where did I find this?”
From Chapter 6 - Applications.
(Page 57) The entire object of this book is to have your Membership Application approved at every step of the line on
the first and only pass. But, we are dealing with people and people read and interpret things differently.... Therefore do not
become completely discouraged if your Application is not approved all the way the very first time. If the Society is worth
joining in the first place, it is worth the time and effort to correct the mistakes and omissions and resubmit.
From Chapter 9 - Preparing Your Documents.
(Page 86) Citations On the back of each document which contains any of the facts which are to be entered on the
Membership Application (event, name, date, place, filiation, transnomenation) you should (must?) identify your source. This is
nothing more than stating where you found this particular document. But it must be stated in such a way that anyone can locate
your original source.
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