Today's program was titled "Lineage, Historical, and Family Societies." We had six presenters talk about nine different organizations:
- First Families of Maine - Doris Woodward
- Sons and Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts - Doris Woodward
- The Spokane Corral of Westerners International - John Ellingson
- The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 - Judith Emry
- The Daughters of Colonial Wars of Washington State - Judith Emry
- The Van Voorhees Family Association - Patricia Ewers
- The General Society of Mayflower Descendants - Tony Birch
- The Daughters of the War of 1812 - Marian Binsfield
- The Daughters of the American Colonists - Marian Binsfield
Most stated that the advantages of joining one of these organizations were to feel a strong sense of pride in their heritage, to reward themselves for the hard work of researching one of their lines, to access assistance in tracing an ancestor who might qualify them for membership, and to leave a genealogical record with the organization for future descendants. Many of these organizations have genealogical libraries, and/or do good works to preserve historical landmarks, or have community projects such as photographing Civil War veterans' graves. These repositories and projects contribute to society in general and are advantageous to us as genealogists, even if we are not members of these societies.
The variety of organizations that were represented ensured a little something for everyone. I myself knew I qualified for several of these organizations, and I decided to pick up a brochure and application for the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865!
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