Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS).
Has local chapters around the country to give advice and
assistance in researching African-American roots.
- Board for
Certification of Genealogists
- Continental European
Family History Association
- Federation of East
European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) Is an
umbrella organization that recognizes and promotes
family history research in Eastern and Central Europe
without any ethnic, religious, or social distinctions.
Its objective is to provide an opportunity for
researchers focused on a single country to exchange
information and be updated on developments in the field.
The Web site includes several searchable databases, a
map room, and links to member society Web sites.
- Federation of
Genealogical Societies - The Federation of
Genealogical Societies, founded in 1976, has three major
purposes: serving the needs of its member societies,
providing products and services needed by member
societies, and marshaling the resources of its member
Historical & Genealogical Societies of the U.S.
- Meyer, Mary K. Meyer's Directory of Genealogical
Societies in the U.S. and Canada. 9th edition. Mount
Airy, Maryland, 1992.
Genealogical Society - Founded in 1903 as a
non-profit organization, the National Genealogical
Society is a dynamic and growing membership of
individuals and other groups from all over the
country—and the world—that share a common love of the
field of genealogy.
National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Provides resources for genealogists including an online
- New England Historic
Genealogical Society. Located in Boston, the Society
provides information on events, tours, and research.
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Aims
to preserve and publish genealogical data on New York
- Palatines to America.
Palatines to America (Pal Am) is a German genealogy
society dedicated to the study of ancestors from all
German speaking lands. The society takes its name from
the fact that some of the earliest German-speaking
immigrants to the American colonies came from a region
in present-day Germany known as the Palatinate (Pfälz)
and were called Palatines (Pfälzers). The founding
members of Pal Am all had ancestors from this area of
State Genealogical Societies - Listing of most of
the state genealogical societies compiled by the
Illinois State Genealogical Society.
Hereditary / Lineage Societies
- Children of
the American Revolution. C.A.R., the nation's
oldest, largest, patriotic youth organization, offers
membership to anyone under the age of 21, lineally
descended from someone who served in the Continental
Army or gave material aid to the cause of freedom in the
Daughters of the American Revolution. This group is
open to women (over 18) who can show lineal descent from
someone who aided in the cause of American independence.
- General Society
of Mayflower Descendants
- Giddings, Bland. Some Mayflower Families.
Mesa, Arizona: The author, 2005.
Hereditary Societies with Functional Websites.
Hereditary Society Blue Book. Lists hereditary
Hereditary Society Precedence.
The rule of precedence for hereditary societies is based
upon the chronological order of the date of founding of
each society. The site includes a comprehensive list of
all current hereditary societies (those which qualify
for an HSC listing based on membership and longevity),
in the appropriate order of precedence.
Huguenot Society of America. The Huguenot Society of
America was founded in 1883 by the Rev. Alfred V.
Wittmeyer, Rector of the French Huguenot Church in New
York City, l'Eglise du Saint Esprit, for the following
purposes: (1)To promote the cause of religious freedom
and to perpetuate the memory of the Huguenot settlers in
America; (2) To commemorate the principle events in the
history of the Huguenots, and to this end.
Jamestowne Society. Jamestowne Society members trace
their ancestors back to qualifying members of the
- Magna Charta Barons.
Baronial Order of Magna Charta (BOMC). Founded
in 1898 as the Baronial Order of Runnemede. Its
purpose is the promulgation and support of the
principles set forth in the world-pervasive
document, the Magna Charta. Incorporated in 1945,
the BOMC considers for membership people of good
character who can proved descendancy from one or
more of the 25
Sureties who were responsible for holding King
John to the terms of the Great Charter signed on 15
June, 1215 at Runnemede Meadow in England.
- Browning, Charles H. Magna Charta Barons 1898.
Together with the Pedigrees of the Founders of the
Order of Runnemede. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield
Co., 1898, 2004 reprint.
Mayflower Society. the General society of Mayflower
Descendants is a group who trace their ancestors back to
persons who made the voyage in 1620. Any person able to
document his or her descent from one or more of the
Mayflower Pilgrims is eligible to apply for membership.
- Order of
Descendants of Ancient Planters. Members of this
Order are people who trace their ancestor back to
someone who arrived in Virginia prior to 1616, remained
for at least three years, survived the massacre of 1622
and were granted the first land patents in the new
- Order of the
Crown of Charlemagne in the United States.
Historical and genealogical research and to perpetuate
the memory and to honor the name of Emperor Charlemagne;
to bring into one group the descendants of his
successors and heirs; to maintain and promote the
traditions of chivalry and knighthood; to recognize acts
of merit; to recognize achievements in the Arts,
Sciences and Letters; to inspire patriotism and loyalty
to our country; and for such other lawful and proper
purposes as the Executive Council of the order may from
time to time decide upon. To collect and preserve books
on genealogy, family history, heraldry and general
history. To collect and preserve documents, manuscripts,
relics, records and traditions relating to Emperor
Charlemagne and his successors; to create a popular
interest in ancient history and genealogy. The Order is
non-political and non-sectarian.
- Order of
the Founders and Patriots of America. Their purpose
is to promote patriotism, and respect for the founders
and patriots of America. Any man of the age of eighteen
years, of good moral character and reputation and a
citizen of the United States, who is lineally descended
in the male line of either parent, from an ancestor who
settled in any of the Colonies now included in the
United States of American prior to 13 May 1657 and one
or all of whose intermediate ancestors in the same line
who lived in the period of the Revolution, from 1775 to
1783, adhered as patriots to the cause of the Colonies,
shall be eligible for membership in the Order.
Society of the Cincinnati.
The Society of the
Cincinnati was founded at the close of the Revolutionary
War by the officers of the Continental line and their
French counterparts, who had served together in the
struggle for American independence. They wished to
preserve the rights and liberties for which they had
fought and to foster the bonds of friendship that had
been formed among them during the long years of war. The
Society's founding document, the Institution, was
adopted on May 13, 1783. The Society took its name from
the Roman hero Cincinnatus, the citizen-soldier who was
twice called to lead his country in war and, after each
each victory, declined offers of power and position to
return to his home and plough. George Washington, known
as the "Cincinnatus of the West," was elected the
Society's first president general, a position he held
until his death in 1799.
- Society of the
Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of
- Pyne, Frederick Wallace. Signers of the
Declaration, Index and Images for the Applications
to the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration
of Independence. Westminster, Maryland: Willow
Bend Books, 2004.
of the American Revolution. 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, solider, seaman,
marine, militiaman or Minuteman, in the armed forces of
the Continental congress, or 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