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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United_States_Societies|Societies]]''
  
You can obtain help with your family history research from the following types of societies:  
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United States Societies can help you with your research. Different types of societies are: <br><br>[[Image:AFGS class2010.JPG|right|AFGS class2010.JPG]]
  
 
*Historical and genealogical societies  
 
*Historical and genealogical societies  
 
*Lineage and hereditary societies  
 
*Lineage and hereditary societies  
 
*Family associations  
 
*Family associations  
*Fraternal organizations<br>
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*Fraternal organizations
  
== Historical and Genealogical Societies  ==
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=== Map of United States Societies  ===
  
More than 9,000 historical and genealogical societies may have records and services to help you with your research. Societies have been organized in all states and most counties. They generally collect historical documents of local interest, publish periodicals, and have special projects and indexes. Because of the excellent help they can provide, you should contact the societies near you and near the areas where your ancestors lived. You may find it helpful to join one of these societies and support their efforts. Your local public library may have guides to help you locate these organizations, including:  
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The following map links to a list of United States&nbsp;societies with a page in the FamilySearch Wiki. The list is organized by state. Click on the appropriate state to find local societies.&nbsp;<noinclude><imagemap>
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*''Meyer's Directory of Genealogical Societies in the USA and Canada'' <ref> Meyer's Directory of Genealogical Societies in the USA and Canada. 11th edition. Mt. Airy, Maryland: M. K. Meyer, 1996. (Family History Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;Ref book {{FHL|395587|title-id|disp=970 C44m}}.) </ref>
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*''Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada'' <ref> Wheeler, Mary Bray, editor. ''Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada''. 14th edition. Nashville, Tennessee: American Association for State and Local History, 1990. (Family History Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;book {{FHL|970 H24d|disp=970 H24d 1990}}.)</ref>
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poly 552 74 567 74 570 90 552 92 552 74 552 82 524 94 529 96 537 99 531 105 524 102 524 100 507 104 506 96 523 92 [[Category:Massachusetts Societies|Massachusetts Societies]]
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poly 386 127 390 114 386 103 390 87 393 86 395 79 399 79 406 81 411 87 408 98 408 101 413 97 420 108 415 122 407 125 388 127 [[Category:Michigan Societies|Michigan Societies]]
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poly 130 25 229 39 225 88 165 83 164 85 148 86 141 70 134 70 139 59 130 42 130 26 [[Category:Montana Societies|Montana Societies]]
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poly 224 114 274 116 278 123 283 121 291 125 303 153 241 153 240 144 222 140 225 115 [[Category:Nebraska Societies|Nebraska Societies]]
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poly 76 103 130 116 116 188 112 186 109 202 69 137 78 103 [[Category:Nevada Societies|Nevada Societies]]
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poly 231 39 285 43 291 79 226 79 230 40 [[Category:North Dakota Societies|North Dakota Societies]]
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poly 402 127 413 124 422 132 444 117 445 141 442 147 438 155 432 161 431 166 426 160 419 163 406 159 403 128 [[Category:Ohio Societies|Ohio Societies]]
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poly 227 190 312 194 315 235 304 231 294 232 288 231 284 232 281 231 273 227 270 227 267 227 259 223 259 201 227 198 229 191 [[Category:Oklahoma Societies|Oklahoma Societies]]
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poly 56 41 66 51 87 54 116 59 118 66 109 75 109 81 103 107 38 94 38 80 52 56 57 42 [[Category:Oregon Societies|Oregon Societies]]
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poly 447 115 450 117 489 110 493 115 493 126 495 128 493 135 446 145 440 119 449 116 [[Category:Pennsylvania Societies|Pennsylvania Societies]]
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poly 549 103 551 94 567 93 568 113 551 115 552 105 525 105 525 108 523 104 522 99 524 105 [[Category:Rhode Island Societies|Rhode Island Societies]]
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poly 427 210 448 203 453 209 462 207 477 216 473 225 469 231 463 237 458 242 451 232 432 215 427 212 [[Category:South Carolina Societies|South Carolina Societies]]
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poly 228 77 292 80 291 85 291 86 294 121 283 119 282 120 278 119 272 115 222 113 226 79 [[Category:South Dakota Societies|South Dakota Societies]]
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poly 362 198 376 197 378 192 441 187 432 196 425 202 418 211 403 212 379 214 358 214 363 199 [[Category:Tennessee Societies|Tennessee Societies]]
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poly 163 83 226 90 222 139 157 132 164 82 [[Category:Wyoming Societies|Wyoming Societies]]
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The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is an umbrella organization of over 450 genealogical societies. FGS does not do genealogical research. Their business office can identify local genealogical societies and supply their addresses and telephone numbers.  
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=== Historical and Genealogical Societies  ===
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More than 9,000 historical and genealogical societies may have records and services to help you with your research. Societies have been organized in all states and most counties. They generally collect historical documents of local interest, publish periodicals, and have special projects and indexes. Because of the excellent help they can provide, you should contact the societies near you and near the areas where your ancestors lived. You may find it helpful to join one of these societies and support their efforts. Public librarians and county clerks may be aware of local organizations or individuals you can contact for information and services.Your local public library may have guides to help you locate these organizations, including:
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*''Meyer's Directory of Genealogical Societies in the USA and Canada'' <ref>Meyer's Directory of Genealogical Societies in the USA and Canada. 11th edition. Mt. Airy, Maryland: M. K. Meyer, 1996. {{FHL|786222|item|disp=FHL Book 970 C44m 1996}}. </ref>
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*''Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada'' <ref>Wheeler, Mary Bray, editor. ''Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada''. 14th edition. Nashville, Tennessee: American Association for State and Local History, 1990. {{FHL|1007248|item|disp=FHL Book 970 H24d 2001}}.)</ref>
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The [[Federation of Genealogical Societies]] (FGS) is an umbrella organization of over 450 genealogical societies. FGS does not do genealogical research. Their business office can identify local genealogical societies and supply their addresses and telephone numbers.  
  
 
'''Federation of Genealogical Societies'''<br>P.O. Box 200940<br>Austin, TX 78720-0940<br>Telephone: 1-888-FGS-1500 <br>Fax: 1-866-FGS-1350 <br>Internet: http://www.fgs.org/<br>Email: use [http://www.fgs.org/contact.php FGS contact form]  
 
'''Federation of Genealogical Societies'''<br>P.O. Box 200940<br>Austin, TX 78720-0940<br>Telephone: 1-888-FGS-1500 <br>Fax: 1-866-FGS-1350 <br>Internet: http://www.fgs.org/<br>Email: use [http://www.fgs.org/contact.php FGS contact form]  
  
You may also be interested in the activities and services of the National Genealogical Society (NGS). This society maintains a lending library and publishes a newsletter and journal. The NGS sponsors conferences and other activities to support genealogical research, including correspondence classes and a genealogical computer bulletin board service. The address is:  
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You may also be interested in the activities and services of the [http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/ National Genealogical Society] (NGS). This society maintains a lending library and publishes a newsletter and journal. The NGS sponsors conferences and other activities to support genealogical research, including correspondence classes and a genealogical computer bulletin board service. The address is:  
  
'''National Genealogical Society'''<br>4527 17th Avenue North <br>Arlington, VA 22207 <br>Telephone: 703-525-0050 <br>Internet: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/
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'''National Genealogical Society'''<br>4527 17th Avenue North <br>Arlington, VA 22207 <br>Telephone: 703-525-0050<br>  
  
=== Web Sites - Genealogical and Historical Societies  ===
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=== Websites - Genealogical and Historical Societies  ===
  
'''Society Hill (by D'Addezio.com)'''<br>
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'''Society Hill (by D'Addezio.com)'''  
  
 
[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/index.html http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/index.html]  
 
[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/index.html http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/index.html]  
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'''US Gen Net'''  
 
'''US Gen Net'''  
  
[http://www.usgennet.org/socadmin/ http://www.usgennet.org/socadmin/ ]<br>
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[http://www.usgennet.org/socadmin/ http://www.usgennet.org/socadmin/]  
  
Listings of On-line Historical and Genealogical Societies by State<br>
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Listings of On-line Historical and Genealogical Societies by State  
  
'''USGenWeb'''  
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'''The USGenWeb Project'''  
  
[http://www.usgenweb.com/ http://www.usgenweb.com/] <br>
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[http://www.usgenweb.com/ http://www.usgenweb.com/]  
  
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.<span style="text-decoration: underline;" />  
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A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.<span style="text-decoration: underline" />  
  
'''USGenWeb Archives'''  
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'''The USGenWeb Archives'''  
  
 
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ http://files.usgwarchives.net/]  
 
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ http://files.usgwarchives.net/]  
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'''Roots-L'''  
 
'''Roots-L'''  
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/roots-l/ http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/roots-l/ ]<br>
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/roots-l/ http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/roots-l/]  
  
 
A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.  
 
A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.  
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'''RootsWeb'''  
 
'''RootsWeb'''  
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~websites/usa/index.html http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~websites/usa/index.html ]<br>
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~websites/usa/index.html http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~websites/usa/index.html]  
  
 
"Rootsweb® is the oldest and largest free online community dedicated to family history. You'll find millions of members communicating on thousands of message boards in this expansive environment for learning, collaborating and sharing with others." -- Site authors. Operated by ancestry.com.  
 
"Rootsweb® is the oldest and largest free online community dedicated to family history. You'll find millions of members communicating on thousands of message boards in this expansive environment for learning, collaborating and sharing with others." -- Site authors. Operated by ancestry.com.  
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'''Linkpendium'''  
 
'''Linkpendium'''  
  
[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ ]<br>
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[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/]  
  
 
"Linkpendium is being developed by Karen Isaacson and Brian (Wolf) Leverich, founders of the extremely popular RootsWeb genealogical community site. At the time of its merger with Ancestry in June 2000, RootsWeb had about 600,000 registered users, was serving about 100,000,000 Web page views monthly, and was delivering about 160,000,000 pieces of email monthly to the subscribers of its 18,000 mailing lists. The company had more than 40 employees and operated its own 7,000 square foot data center in Bakersfield, CA." -- Site authors.  
 
"Linkpendium is being developed by Karen Isaacson and Brian (Wolf) Leverich, founders of the extremely popular RootsWeb genealogical community site. At the time of its merger with Ancestry in June 2000, RootsWeb had about 600,000 registered users, was serving about 100,000,000 Web page views monthly, and was delivering about 160,000,000 pieces of email monthly to the subscribers of its 18,000 mailing lists. The company had more than 40 employees and operated its own 7,000 square foot data center in Bakersfield, CA." -- Site authors.  
  
'''Cyndi's List '''  
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'''Cyndi's List'''  
  
 
[http://www.cyndislist.com/usa.htm http://www.cyndislist.com/usa.htm] <br>  
 
[http://www.cyndislist.com/usa.htm http://www.cyndislist.com/usa.htm] <br>  
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List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet  
 
List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet  
  
'''Live Roots '''  
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'''Live Roots'''  
  
 
[http://www.liveroots.com/earth/united_states.html http://www.liveroots.com/earth/united_states.html]  
 
[http://www.liveroots.com/earth/united_states.html http://www.liveroots.com/earth/united_states.html]  
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'''Access Genealogy'''  
 
'''Access Genealogy'''  
  
[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/ http://www.accessgenealogy.com/ ]<br>
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[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/ http://www.accessgenealogy.com/]  
  
 
"From what started out as a simple set of 50 state pages, has blossomed into over 250,000 pages, and millions of records. This feat couldn't have been accomplished without the assistance Judy and I received over the years by countless volunteers. We are indebted to each of you for your assistance in making this project what it has become! Thank You!" ... "It's important for you to understand, though we are known for our Native American data, we actually have more data for the regular American researcher, then we do Native American." -- Site authors.  
 
"From what started out as a simple set of 50 state pages, has blossomed into over 250,000 pages, and millions of records. This feat couldn't have been accomplished without the assistance Judy and I received over the years by countless volunteers. We are indebted to each of you for your assistance in making this project what it has become! Thank You!" ... "It's important for you to understand, though we are known for our Native American data, we actually have more data for the regular American researcher, then we do Native American." -- Site authors.  
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'''Family History 101'''  
 
'''Family History 101'''  
  
[http://www.familyhistory101.com/ http://www.familyhistory101.com/ ]<br>
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[http://www.familyhistory101.com/ http://www.familyhistory101.com/]  
  
 
"While I cannot provide detailed information on all sources available to family historians, Family History 101 covers the basic tools and provides essential instructions. My intention is to suggest some of the easiest ways to find, document, and preserve your family history. " -- Site authors.  
 
"While I cannot provide detailed information on all sources available to family historians, Family History 101 covers the basic tools and provides essential instructions. My intention is to suggest some of the easiest ways to find, document, and preserve your family history. " -- Site authors.  
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'''Genea Search'''  
 
'''Genea Search'''  
  
[http://www.geneasearch.com/ http://www.geneasearch.com/ ]<br>
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[http://www.geneasearch.com/ http://www.geneasearch.com/]  
  
 
" GeneaSearch has helped search for ancestors, build family trees and find family history with free genealogy lookups, free genealogy sites, family surname newsletters, data, books from genealogy societies and individuals, surname queries, female ancestors, beginner's genealogy guide since 1999. Other genealogy resources are links, lists of societies, and a variety of tools for online research.. See our state genealogy pages for free genealogy databases and genealogy resources for each state." -- Site Authors  
 
" GeneaSearch has helped search for ancestors, build family trees and find family history with free genealogy lookups, free genealogy sites, family surname newsletters, data, books from genealogy societies and individuals, surname queries, female ancestors, beginner's genealogy guide since 1999. Other genealogy resources are links, lists of societies, and a variety of tools for online research.. See our state genealogy pages for free genealogy databases and genealogy resources for each state." -- Site Authors  
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'''D'Addezio.com'''  
 
'''D'Addezio.com'''  
  
[http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/ http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/ ]<br>
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[http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/ http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/]  
  
 
"The mission of D'Addezio.com has been to provide a quality site containing original material, and valuable links to other information on the Internet, in a well-organized manner. The site has grown gradually, keeping the quality of our information as the highest priority." -- Site authors.  
 
"The mission of D'Addezio.com has been to provide a quality site containing original material, and valuable links to other information on the Internet, in a well-organized manner. The site has grown gradually, keeping the quality of our information as the highest priority." -- Site authors.  
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'''Olive Tree Genealogy'''  
 
'''Olive Tree Genealogy'''  
  
[http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/sitemap.shtml http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/sitemap.shtml ]<br>
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[http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/sitemap.shtml http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/sitemap.shtml]  
  
 
"Olive Tree Genealogy has more than 1,900 pages of free genealogy records to help you find your brick-wall ancestors and build your family tree." -- Site Authors  
 
"Olive Tree Genealogy has more than 1,900 pages of free genealogy records to help you find your brick-wall ancestors and build your family tree." -- Site Authors  
  
'''Genealogy Director'''y
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'''Genealogy Directory'''  
  
[http://www.gendir.com/locales/230 http://www.gendir.com/locales/230] <br>
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[http://www.gendir.com/locales/230 http://www.gendir.com/locales/230]  
  
A free genealogy site featuring a message board, a surname registry, lists of other genealogy sites, and region specific resources.<br>
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A free genealogy site featuring a message board, a surname registry, lists of other genealogy sites, and region specific resources.  
  
 
'''Records Project'''  
 
'''Records Project'''  
  
[http://recordsproject.com/ http://recordsproject.com/ ]<br>
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[http://recordsproject.com/ http://recordsproject.com/]  
  
 
Links to state and county public records.  
 
Links to state and county public records.  
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'''Histopolis'''  
 
'''Histopolis'''  
  
[http://www.histopolis.com/ http://www.histopolis.com/]&nbsp;&nbsp; <br>
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[http://www.histopolis.com/ http://www.histopolis.com/]  
  
 
"Histopolis is a free, collaborative source for genealogy and history information including links to other relevant sites."&nbsp; -- Site Authors  
 
"Histopolis is a free, collaborative source for genealogy and history information including links to other relevant sites."&nbsp; -- Site Authors  
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'''Colonial Ancestors'''  
 
'''Colonial Ancestors'''  
  
[http://colonialancestors.com/ http://colonialancestors.com/]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (All 13 colonies)  
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[http://colonialancestors.com/ http://colonialancestors.com/] (All 13 colonies)  
  
 
"Find information about Colonial New Jersey Genealogy to help with your genealogy research and to find your New Jersey surnames and ancestors." -- Site Authors  
 
"Find information about Colonial New Jersey Genealogy to help with your genealogy research and to find your New Jersey surnames and ancestors." -- Site Authors  
  
'''ancestry.com $ '''  
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'''Ancestry.com'''  
  
[http://search.ancestry.com/search/default.aspx? http://search.ancestry.com/search/default.aspx?] <br>
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[http://search.ancestry.com/search/default.aspx? http://search.ancestry.com/search/default.aspx?] ($)
  
ancestry.com Geographic genealogical source search page. Requires US Subscription.  
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Ancestry.com Geographic genealogical source search page. Requires paid Subscription.  
  
'''Family Tree Connection / Genealogy Today $'''  
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'''Family Tree Connection / Genealogy Today'''  
  
[http://www.familytreeconnection.com/search/ http://www.familytreeconnection.com/search/] <br>
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[http://www.familytreeconnection.com/search/ http://www.familytreeconnection.com/search/] ($)
  
 
"Your annual subscription gives you unlimited access to the Family Tree Connection database, along with discounts on all purchases in the Genealogy Today Store and any scanning services you request (of images in any of the FTC source documents)." -- Site Authors  
 
"Your annual subscription gives you unlimited access to the Family Tree Connection database, along with discounts on all purchases in the Genealogy Today Store and any scanning services you request (of images in any of the FTC source documents)." -- Site Authors  
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'''FamilySearch™'''  
 
'''FamilySearch™'''  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp ]  
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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp]  
  
FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.
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[https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch ]is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.&nbsp; Family Search has collections in the [[International Genealogical Index|International Genealogical Index,]] there are place, title, film, subject and keyword searches in the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=place FamilySearch Catalog], and family genealogy in the [https://familysearch.org/#form=trees Tree Collection.] <br>
  
== Lineage and Hereditary Societies  ==
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'''Chinese Historical Society of America'''
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[http://www.chsa.org/ http://www.chsa.org/]
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"The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum opened in its landmark Julia Morgan-designed Chinatown YWCA building in 2001. Founded in 1963, CHSA is the oldest and largest organization in the country dedicated to the documentation, study, and presentation of Chinese American history. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational, public programming, CHSA promotes the contributions and legacy of Chinese America."<br><br>
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'''American Association for State and Local History'''<br> 1717 Church St<br> Nashville TN 37203<br>[http://www.aaslh.org/ AASLH]<br>
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AASLH provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans.
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=== Lineage and Hereditary Societies  ===
  
 
Soon after the American Revolution, prominent citizens began to form exclusive social organizations and join hereditary and patriotic societies. Many societies were organized in the late 1880s and 1890s when membership in these organizations became very popular.  
 
Soon after the American Revolution, prominent citizens began to form exclusive social organizations and join hereditary and patriotic societies. Many societies were organized in the late 1880s and 1890s when membership in these organizations became very popular.  
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One of your ancestors or relatives may have submitted application papers containing his pedigree in order to join a lineage society. These records often include multi-generation pedigrees and information from family Bibles, death records, or military documents. They may also lead you to someone else interested in your family. Unfortunately, these papers have not always been carefully documented, but they can provide excellent clues for further research. Some societies allow only members to use their records.  
 
One of your ancestors or relatives may have submitted application papers containing his pedigree in order to join a lineage society. These records often include multi-generation pedigrees and information from family Bibles, death records, or military documents. They may also lead you to someone else interested in your family. Unfortunately, these papers have not always been carefully documented, but they can provide excellent clues for further research. Some societies allow only members to use their records.  
  
The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has over 2,000 microfilms and numerous books of society records. These include application papers, yearbooks, ancestor rolls, membership rosters, and publications of the societies. For example, the library has microfilm copies of a card index and 100,000 applications for membership in:  
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The [[Family History Library]] has over 2,000 microfilms and numerous books of society records. These include application papers, yearbooks, ancestor rolls, membership rosters, and publications of the societies. For example, the library has microfilm copies of a card index and 100,000 applications for membership in:  
  
*Sons of the American Revolution. ''Membership Information, 1776-1996'' <ref> Sons of the American Revolution. ''Membership Information, 1776-1996''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996. (On 1,087&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;Family History Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;films starting with {{FHL|502823|title-id|disp=541473}}.)</ref>
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*Sons of the American Revolution. ''Membership Information, 1776-1996'' <ref>Sons of the American Revolution. ''Membership Information, 1776-1996''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996. (On 1,087Family History Library films starting with {{FHL|502823|title-id|disp=541473}}.)</ref>
  
 
The library also has major collections from the following societies:  
 
The library also has major collections from the following societies:  
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The [[Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library|Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)]] is the largest and most popular lineage society in the United States. It has had over 188,000 members and several chapters in each state. This society actively encourages members to locate and transcribe records useful to genealogists. An index to the Revolutionary ancestors of DAR applicants is:  
 
The [[Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library|Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)]] is the largest and most popular lineage society in the United States. It has had over 188,000 members and several chapters in each state. This society actively encourages members to locate and transcribe records useful to genealogists. An index to the Revolutionary ancestors of DAR applicants is:  
  
*''Daughters of the American Revolution, Millennial Administration. DAR Patriot Index'' <ref> Daughters of the American Revolution, Millennial Administration. ''DAR Patriot Index''.&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;Three Volumes. Washington, DC: DAR, 2003. (Family&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;History Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;{{FHL|973 C42da|disp=book 973 C42da 2003}}.)</ref>
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*''Daughters of the American Revolution, Millennial Administration. DAR Patriot Index'' <ref>Daughters of the American Revolution, Millennial Administration. ''DAR Patriot Index''. Three Volumes. Washington, DC: DAR, 2003. {{FHL|1170480|item|disp=FHL 973 C42da}}.</ref>
  
 
Addresses, membership requirements, and information about most lineage and hereditary societies are in:  
 
Addresses, membership requirements, and information about most lineage and hereditary societies are in:  
  
*''Register of U.S. Lineage Societies'' <ref> Roberts, Jayare, and Dorothy Hebertson, compilers. ''Register of U.S. Lineage Societies''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Library, 1990. (Family History Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;{{FHL|202479|title-id|disp=book 973 C43m}} 1990; fiche {{FHL|603246|title-id|disp=6050647}}.) </ref> This register gives call numbers and describes many of the society records available at the Family History Library.  
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*''Register of U.S. Lineage Societies'' <ref>Roberts, Jayare, and Dorothy Hebertson, compilers. ''Register of U.S. Lineage Societies''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Library, 1990. {{FHL|603246|item|disp=FHL fiche 6050647}}. </ref>This register gives call numbers and describes many of the society records available at the Family History Library.  
*''The Hereditary Register of the United States of America''<ref> ''The Hereditary Register of the United States of America''. Annual. Yoncalla, Oregon: Hereditary Register Publications, 1972-. (Family History Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;book {{FHL|135259|title-id|disp=973 C4u 1986}}.) </ref><br>
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*''The Hereditary Register of the United States of America''<ref> ''The Hereditary Register of the United States of America''. Annual. Yoncalla, Oregon: Hereditary Register Publications, 1972-. {{FHL|135259|item|disp=FHL Book 973 C4u 1986}}. </ref>
  
=== Web Sites - Lineage and Heredity Societies<br> ===
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=== Websites - Lineage and Heredity Societies  ===
  
[http://huguenot.netnation.com/general/#resources National Huguenot Society]<br>
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Daughters of the American Revolution - [http://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search/ Descendants' Database].&nbsp;&nbsp;You can search for the name of an ancestor who may have given service in the Revolutionary War, or you can search for the name of a DAR member.
  
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[http://huguenot.netnation.com/general/#resources National Huguenot Society]
  
== Family Associations  ==
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=== Family Associations  ===
  
 
Many family organizations are gathering information about their ancestors and descendants. Some organizations are gathering information about all individuals with a particular surname. Family histories, newsletters, family group records, and other information gathered by family organizations are described on the [[United States Genealogies|Genealogy]] page. The Family Registry and the Ancestral File (also on the “Genealogy” page) can help you locate active associations. Some researchers have located family organizations and other researchers by posting queries on the Internet or by searching the membership directories of online computer genealogy groups. Also helpful is:  
 
Many family organizations are gathering information about their ancestors and descendants. Some organizations are gathering information about all individuals with a particular surname. Family histories, newsletters, family group records, and other information gathered by family organizations are described on the [[United States Genealogies|Genealogy]] page. The Family Registry and the Ancestral File (also on the “Genealogy” page) can help you locate active associations. Some researchers have located family organizations and other researchers by posting queries on the Internet or by searching the membership directories of online computer genealogy groups. Also helpful is:  
  
*''Directory of Family Associations'' <ref> Bentley, Elizabeth Petty, compiler. Directory of Family Associations. Third Edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1996. (Family History Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;book {{FHL|783622|title-id|disp=973 D24benb 1996.)}} </ref>
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*''Directory of Family Associations'' <ref>Bentley, Elizabeth Petty, compiler. Directory of Family Associations. Third Edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2001. {{FHL|783622|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D24benb 1996}} </ref>
  
== Fraternal Organizations  ==
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=== Fraternal Organizations  ===
  
 
Your ancestor or relative may have belonged to an association, lodge, or secret society whose membership is based on common interests, religion, or ethnicity. Many sources, such as local histories, biographies, obituaries, tombstones, family records, and artifacts may give you clues that an ancestor belonged to a fraternal society. Examples of these societies include:  
 
Your ancestor or relative may have belonged to an association, lodge, or secret society whose membership is based on common interests, religion, or ethnicity. Many sources, such as local histories, biographies, obituaries, tombstones, family records, and artifacts may give you clues that an ancestor belonged to a fraternal society. Examples of these societies include:  
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*[http://www.meta-religion.com/Secret_societies/Groups/Other/knights_of_maccabees.htm Knights of the Maccabees]  
 
*[http://www.meta-religion.com/Secret_societies/Groups/Other/knights_of_maccabees.htm Knights of the Maccabees]  
 
*[http://www.everyculture.com/multi/Le-Pa/Lithuanian-Americans.html Lithuanian Alliance of America]  
 
*[http://www.everyculture.com/multi/Le-Pa/Lithuanian-Americans.html Lithuanian Alliance of America]  
*[http://www.modern-woodmen.org/Public Modern Woodmen of America] was organized 1883 in Iowa, a fraternal benefit society. It offers financial services and fraternal member benefits throughout the US.&nbsp; The headquarters are in Rock Island, Illinois. (not accessible&nbsp;without username and password)  
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*[http://www.modern-woodmen.org/Public Modern Woodmen of America] was organized 1883 in Iowa, a fraternal benefit society. It offers financial services and fraternal member benefits throughout the US. The headquarters are in Rock Island, Illinois. (not accessible&nbsp;without username and password)  
 
*[http://www.easternstar.org/ Order of Eastern Star]
 
*[http://www.easternstar.org/ Order of Eastern Star]
  
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For more information about fraternal societies, see:  
 
For more information about fraternal societies, see:  
  
*''Fraternal Organizations''<ref> Schmidt, Alvin J., ''Fraternal Organizations''. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1980. (FHL book 973 C47sa.)</ref>
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*''Fraternal Organizations'' <ref>Schmidt, Alvin J., ''Fraternal Organizations''. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1980. {{FHL|242591|item|disp=FHL Book 973 C47sa</ref>
  
The records of fraternal organizations may exist in a society or business archive. Some genealogical information may be obtained through correspondence. [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] has histories of fraternal societies but very few records. In the Family History Library Catalog, find:  
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The records of fraternal organizations may exist in a society or business archive. Some genealogical information may be obtained through correspondence. [[Family History Library]] has histories of fraternal societies but very few records. In the Family History Library Catalog, find:  
  
 
Most information about fraternal organizations in the Author/Title Search under the organization name.  
 
Most information about fraternal organizations in the Author/Title Search under the organization name.  
  
Some organization histories are in the&nbsp;Place Search under the locality, then topics such as SOCIETIES, GENEALOGY, HISTORY, OCCUPATIONS, MINORITIES, and PUBLIC RECORDS.  
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Some organization histories are in the Place Search under the locality, then topics such as SOCIETIES, GENEALOGY, HISTORY, OCCUPATIONS, MINORITIES, and PUBLIC RECORDS.  
  
== Guide to Societies and Associations  ==
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=== Guide to Societies and Associations  ===
  
 
Current addresses, functions, and membership requirements of fraternal, ethnic, veteran, hereditary, patriotic, and other associations can be found in the:  
 
Current addresses, functions, and membership requirements of fraternal, ethnic, veteran, hereditary, patriotic, and other associations can be found in the:  
  
*''Encyclopedia of Associations'' <ref>''Encyclopedia of Associations''. Three Volumes. 32nd edition. Annual. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research, 1987-. (Family History Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;book {{FHL|973 E4gr|disp=973 E4gr}}.) </ref> Section twelve, “Veterans', Hereditary, and Patriotic Organizations” is especially useful for genealogists.
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*''Encyclopedia of Associations'' <ref>''Encyclopedia of Associations''. Three Volumes. 32nd edition. Annual. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research, 1987-. {{FHL|1849814|item|disp=FHL Book 973 E4gr}}. </ref>Section twelve, “Veterans', Hereditary, and Patriotic Organizations” is especially useful for genealogists.
  
== Locating Society Records in the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] ==
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=== Locating Society Records in the Family History Library Catalog  ===
  
Records of these societies are usually described in the Author/Title Search of the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] under the name of the society. They are also listed in the&nbsp;Place Search under one of the following:  
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Records of these societies are usually described in the Author/Title Search of the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] under the name of the society. They are also listed in the Place Search under one of the following:  
  
 
::UNITED STATES - SOCIETIES  
 
::UNITED STATES - SOCIETIES  
 
::[STATE] - SOCIETIES  
 
::[STATE] - SOCIETIES  
 
::[STATE], [COUNTY] - SOCIETIES<br>UNITED STATES - GENEALOGY  
 
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Some records gathered by societies are listed in the Locality Search under the type of record. For example, cemetery transcripts gathered by a local genealogical society are listed in the catalog under the  
 
Some records gathered by societies are listed in the Locality Search under the type of record. For example, cemetery transcripts gathered by a local genealogical society are listed in the catalog under the  
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You can also find information about some societies under the name of the organization in the Subject Search of the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog].  
 
You can also find information about some societies under the name of the organization in the Subject Search of the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog].  
  
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[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/index.html List of United States Societies by state]
  
 
[[Strengthening a Genealogical Society on FamilySearch Wiki|Strengthening a Genealogical Society on FamilySearch Wiki]]  
 
[[Strengthening a Genealogical Society on FamilySearch Wiki|Strengthening a Genealogical Society on FamilySearch Wiki]]  
  
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United States Societies can help you with your research. Different types of societies are:

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  • Historical and genealogical societies
  • Lineage and hereditary societies
  • Family associations
  • Fraternal organizations

Contents

Map of United States Societies

The following map links to a list of United States societies with a page in the FamilySearch Wiki. The list is organized by state. Click on the appropriate state to find local societies. 
Alabama SocietiesAlaska SocietiesArkansas SocietiesCalifornia SocietiesArizona SocietiesColorado SocietiesConnecticut SocietiesDelaware SocietiesFlorida SocietiesGeorgia SocietiesHawaii SocietiesIdaho SocietiesIllinois SocietiesIndiana SocietiesIowa SocietiesKansas SocietiesKentucky SocietiesLouisiana SocietiesMaine SocietiesMaryland SocietiesMassachusetts SocietiesMichigan SocietiesMinnesota SocietiesMississippi SocietiesMissouri SocietiesMontana SocietiesNebraska SocietiesNevada SocietiesNew Hampshire SocietiesNew Jersey SocietiesNew Mexico SocietiesNew York SocietiesNorth Carolina SocietiesNorth Dakota SocietiesOhio SocietiesOklahoma SocietiesOregon SocietiesPennsylvania SocietiesRhode Island SocietiesSouth Carolina SocietiesSouth Dakota SocietiesTennessee SocietiesTexas SocietiesUtah SocietiesVermont SocietiesVirginia SocietiesWashington SocietiesWest Virginia SocietiesWisconsinWyoming SocietiesDistrict of Columbia SocietiesUSimagemap.jpg


Historical and Genealogical Societies

More than 9,000 historical and genealogical societies may have records and services to help you with your research. Societies have been organized in all states and most counties. They generally collect historical documents of local interest, publish periodicals, and have special projects and indexes. Because of the excellent help they can provide, you should contact the societies near you and near the areas where your ancestors lived. You may find it helpful to join one of these societies and support their efforts. Public librarians and county clerks may be aware of local organizations or individuals you can contact for information and services.Your local public library may have guides to help you locate these organizations, including:

  • Meyer's Directory of Genealogical Societies in the USA and Canada [1]
  • Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada [2]

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is an umbrella organization of over 450 genealogical societies. FGS does not do genealogical research. Their business office can identify local genealogical societies and supply their addresses and telephone numbers.

Federation of Genealogical Societies
P.O. Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940
Telephone: 1-888-FGS-1500
Fax: 1-866-FGS-1350
Internet: http://www.fgs.org/
Email: use FGS contact form

You may also be interested in the activities and services of the National Genealogical Society (NGS). This society maintains a lending library and publishes a newsletter and journal. The NGS sponsors conferences and other activities to support genealogical research, including correspondence classes and a genealogical computer bulletin board service. The address is:

National Genealogical Society
4527 17th Avenue North
Arlington, VA 22207
Telephone: 703-525-0050

Websites - Genealogical and Historical Societies

Society Hill (by D'Addezio.com)

http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/index.html

Genealogical and Historical Societies in the United States are listed by state and then alphabetically and can be searched by name.

US Gen Net

http://www.usgennet.org/socadmin/

Listings of On-line Historical and Genealogical Societies by State

The USGenWeb Project

http://www.usgenweb.com/

A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.

The USGenWeb Archives

http://files.usgwarchives.net/

"In June 1996, the USGenWeb Digital Library (USGenWeb Archives) was developed to present actual transcriptions of public domain records on the Internet. This huge undertaking is the cooperative effort of volunteers who either have electronically formatted files on census records, marriage bonds, wills, and other public documents, or are willing to transcribe this information to contribute." -- Site authors.

Roots-L

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/roots-l/

A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.

RootsWeb

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~websites/usa/index.html

"Rootsweb® is the oldest and largest free online community dedicated to family history. You'll find millions of members communicating on thousands of message boards in this expansive environment for learning, collaborating and sharing with others." -- Site authors. Operated by ancestry.com.

Linkpendium

http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/

"Linkpendium is being developed by Karen Isaacson and Brian (Wolf) Leverich, founders of the extremely popular RootsWeb genealogical community site. At the time of its merger with Ancestry in June 2000, RootsWeb had about 600,000 registered users, was serving about 100,000,000 Web page views monthly, and was delivering about 160,000,000 pieces of email monthly to the subscribers of its 18,000 mailing lists. The company had more than 40 employees and operated its own 7,000 square foot data center in Bakersfield, CA." -- Site authors.

Cyndi's List

http://www.cyndislist.com/usa.htm

List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Live Roots

http://www.liveroots.com/earth/united_states.html

"Live Roots is a specialized search engine that assists you with locating genealogical resources, including both those that are accessible online and others which may require assistance from another researcher. The concept behind Live Roots was to build a search experience that bridges the gaps between independent genealogy web sites, large commercial ancestry repositories and many other printed family history materials yet to be digitized and published on the World Wide Web." -- Site authors

Access Genealogy

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/

"From what started out as a simple set of 50 state pages, has blossomed into over 250,000 pages, and millions of records. This feat couldn't have been accomplished without the assistance Judy and I received over the years by countless volunteers. We are indebted to each of you for your assistance in making this project what it has become! Thank You!" ... "It's important for you to understand, though we are known for our Native American data, we actually have more data for the regular American researcher, then we do Native American." -- Site authors.

Family History 101

http://www.familyhistory101.com/

"While I cannot provide detailed information on all sources available to family historians, Family History 101 covers the basic tools and provides essential instructions. My intention is to suggest some of the easiest ways to find, document, and preserve your family history. " -- Site authors.

Genea Search

http://www.geneasearch.com/

" GeneaSearch has helped search for ancestors, build family trees and find family history with free genealogy lookups, free genealogy sites, family surname newsletters, data, books from genealogy societies and individuals, surname queries, female ancestors, beginner's genealogy guide since 1999. Other genealogy resources are links, lists of societies, and a variety of tools for online research.. See our state genealogy pages for free genealogy databases and genealogy resources for each state." -- Site Authors

D'Addezio.com

http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/

"The mission of D'Addezio.com has been to provide a quality site containing original material, and valuable links to other information on the Internet, in a well-organized manner. The site has grown gradually, keeping the quality of our information as the highest priority." -- Site authors.

Olive Tree Genealogy

http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/sitemap.shtml

"Olive Tree Genealogy has more than 1,900 pages of free genealogy records to help you find your brick-wall ancestors and build your family tree." -- Site Authors

Genealogy Directory

http://www.gendir.com/locales/230

A free genealogy site featuring a message board, a surname registry, lists of other genealogy sites, and region specific resources.

Records Project

http://recordsproject.com/

Links to state and county public records.

Kindred Trails

http://www.kindredtrails.com/databases.html

Regional Genealogy Databases, ancestry.com, National Archives, State Archives

Histopolis

http://www.histopolis.com/

"Histopolis is a free, collaborative source for genealogy and history information including links to other relevant sites."  -- Site Authors

Colonial Ancestors

http://colonialancestors.com/ (All 13 colonies)

"Find information about Colonial New Jersey Genealogy to help with your genealogy research and to find your New Jersey surnames and ancestors." -- Site Authors

Ancestry.com

http://search.ancestry.com/search/default.aspx? ($)

Ancestry.com Geographic genealogical source search page. Requires paid Subscription.

Family Tree Connection / Genealogy Today

http://www.familytreeconnection.com/search/ ($)

"Your annual subscription gives you unlimited access to the Family Tree Connection database, along with discounts on all purchases in the Genealogy Today Store and any scanning services you request (of images in any of the FTC source documents)." -- Site Authors

FamilySearch™

http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp

FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.  Family Search has collections in the International Genealogical Index, there are place, title, film, subject and keyword searches in the FamilySearch Catalog, and family genealogy in the Tree Collection.

Chinese Historical Society of America

http://www.chsa.org/

"The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum opened in its landmark Julia Morgan-designed Chinatown YWCA building in 2001. Founded in 1963, CHSA is the oldest and largest organization in the country dedicated to the documentation, study, and presentation of Chinese American history. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational, public programming, CHSA promotes the contributions and legacy of Chinese America."

American Association for State and Local History
1717 Church St
Nashville TN 37203
AASLH

AASLH provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans.

Lineage and Hereditary Societies

Soon after the American Revolution, prominent citizens began to form exclusive social organizations and join hereditary and patriotic societies. Many societies were organized in the late 1880s and 1890s when membership in these organizations became very popular.

These societies are generally involved in educational, cultural, social, and other programs to preserve the documents and memory of the past. They often maintain libraries and museums that can help you in your research. Most publish a periodical or newsletter, such as the Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine.

One of your ancestors or relatives may have submitted application papers containing his pedigree in order to join a lineage society. These records often include multi-generation pedigrees and information from family Bibles, death records, or military documents. They may also lead you to someone else interested in your family. Unfortunately, these papers have not always been carefully documented, but they can provide excellent clues for further research. Some societies allow only members to use their records.

The Family History Library has over 2,000 microfilms and numerous books of society records. These include application papers, yearbooks, ancestor rolls, membership rosters, and publications of the societies. For example, the library has microfilm copies of a card index and 100,000 applications for membership in:

  • Sons of the American Revolution. Membership Information, 1776-1996 [3]

The library also has major collections from the following societies:

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is the largest and most popular lineage society in the United States. It has had over 188,000 members and several chapters in each state. This society actively encourages members to locate and transcribe records useful to genealogists. An index to the Revolutionary ancestors of DAR applicants is:

  • Daughters of the American Revolution, Millennial Administration. DAR Patriot Index [4]

Addresses, membership requirements, and information about most lineage and hereditary societies are in:

  • Register of U.S. Lineage Societies [5]This register gives call numbers and describes many of the society records available at the Family History Library.
  • The Hereditary Register of the United States of America[6]

Websites - Lineage and Heredity Societies

Daughters of the American Revolution - Descendants' Database.  You can search for the name of an ancestor who may have given service in the Revolutionary War, or you can search for the name of a DAR member.

National Huguenot Society

Family Associations

Many family organizations are gathering information about their ancestors and descendants. Some organizations are gathering information about all individuals with a particular surname. Family histories, newsletters, family group records, and other information gathered by family organizations are described on the Genealogy page. The Family Registry and the Ancestral File (also on the “Genealogy” page) can help you locate active associations. Some researchers have located family organizations and other researchers by posting queries on the Internet or by searching the membership directories of online computer genealogy groups. Also helpful is:

  • Directory of Family Associations [7]

Fraternal Organizations

Your ancestor or relative may have belonged to an association, lodge, or secret society whose membership is based on common interests, religion, or ethnicity. Many sources, such as local histories, biographies, obituaries, tombstones, family records, and artifacts may give you clues that an ancestor belonged to a fraternal society. Examples of these societies include:

These societies were involved in political, social, and financial activities. Around 1900, for example, there were over 2,000,000 members involved in fraternal insurance programs.

For more information about fraternal societies, see:

  • Fraternal Organizations [8]

The records of fraternal organizations may exist in a society or business archive. Some genealogical information may be obtained through correspondence. Family History Library has histories of fraternal societies but very few records. In the Family History Library Catalog, find:

Most information about fraternal organizations in the Author/Title Search under the organization name.

Some organization histories are in the Place Search under the locality, then topics such as SOCIETIES, GENEALOGY, HISTORY, OCCUPATIONS, MINORITIES, and PUBLIC RECORDS.

Guide to Societies and Associations

Current addresses, functions, and membership requirements of fraternal, ethnic, veteran, hereditary, patriotic, and other associations can be found in the:

  • Encyclopedia of Associations [9]Section twelve, “Veterans', Hereditary, and Patriotic Organizations” is especially useful for genealogists.

Locating Society Records in the Family History Library Catalog

Records of these societies are usually described in the Author/Title Search of the Family History Library Catalog under the name of the society. They are also listed in the Place Search under one of the following:

UNITED STATES - SOCIETIES
[STATE] - SOCIETIES
[STATE], [COUNTY] - SOCIETIES
UNITED STATES - GENEALOGY
[STATE] - GENEALOGY
[STATE], [COUNTY] - GENEALOGY

Some records gathered by societies are listed in the Locality Search under the type of record. For example, cemetery transcripts gathered by a local genealogical society are listed in the catalog under the

[STATE], [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES.

Lists and guides that describe the collections of societies are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

[STATE] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS
[STATE], [COUNTY] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS
[STATE], [COUNTY], [TOWN] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS

You can also find information about some societies under the name of the organization in the Subject Search of the Family History Library Catalog.

Additional Information

List of United States Societies by state

Strengthening a Genealogical Society on FamilySearch Wiki

References

  1. Meyer's Directory of Genealogical Societies in the USA and Canada. 11th edition. Mt. Airy, Maryland: M. K. Meyer, 1996. FHL Book 970 C44m 1996.
  2. Wheeler, Mary Bray, editor. Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada. 14th edition. Nashville, Tennessee: American Association for State and Local History, 1990. FHL Book 970 H24d 2001.)
  3. Sons of the American Revolution. Membership Information, 1776-1996. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996. (On 1,087Family History Library films starting with 541473.)
  4. Daughters of the American Revolution, Millennial Administration. DAR Patriot Index. Three Volumes. Washington, DC: DAR, 2003. FHL 973 C42da.
  5. Roberts, Jayare, and Dorothy Hebertson, compilers. Register of U.S. Lineage Societies. Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Library, 1990. FHL fiche 6050647.
  6. The Hereditary Register of the United States of America. Annual. Yoncalla, Oregon: Hereditary Register Publications, 1972-. FHL Book 973 C4u 1986.
  7. Bentley, Elizabeth Petty, compiler. Directory of Family Associations. Third Edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2001. FHL Book 973 D24benb 1996
  8. Schmidt, Alvin J., Fraternal Organizations. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1980. {{FHL|242591|item|disp=FHL Book 973 C47sa
  9. Encyclopedia of Associations. Three Volumes. 32nd edition. Annual. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research, 1987-. FHL Book 973 E4gr.