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Associated Daughters of Early American Witches…and other lineage societies worth joining

It’s October, and we of course are all celebrating “National Family History Month.”  Have you decorated yet?  I noticed everyone is getting into the spirit of National Family History Month with skeletons, witches, and even a few headstones springing up in front yards.  Well done!

As part of my own celebration I decided to finally join a lineage society.  You know, those organizations that only accept members with ancestors who meet certain elevated standards, like Daughters of the American Revolution, or Colonial Dames of America, or… the Associated Daughters of Early American Witches.  Yes!

Looking through The Complete List of Active Hereditary Societies I discovered oh so many organizations for the rest of us. And they sound like their meetings must be way more fun:

  • Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons & Daughters of the Kings of Britain
  • Associated Daughters of Early American Witches
  • Flagon and Trencher (descendants of early tavern or innkeepers)
  • Order of Descendants of Pirates and Privateers
  • Registry of Infamous and Famous Relatives in American Families
  • National Society of Saints and Sinners

Alas/fotunately, I do not qualify for any of those societies.  Looking forward to the next big holiday I love to celebrate—Thanksgiving (because I was born on Thanksgiving and I really like pie)—I plan to apply to The General Society of Mayflower Descendants or National Society of Old Plymouth Colony Descendants.  They don’t let you join just because you like pie, however, so I will need to come up with some proof of descendancy from my 10th great-grandparents, John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.  I will let you know how it goes.

Bacon’s “Landing of the Pilgrims” on Pilgrimhall.org

Check out the Complete List of Active Hereditary Societies—I’ll bet you qualify for at least five organizations.  Let me know what you find.

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I am an Accredited Genealogist® professional living in California. I have been researching and teaching since 1988.

2 thoughts on “Associated Daughters of Early American Witches…and other lineage societies worth joining

  1. I bought a stack of greeting cards with this picture on the front several years ago. I use them all the time as invites for PTO reunion luncheons etc. The caption reads roughly…they tell me that as you age you lose your mind, what they don’t say is that you don’t miss it very much!” Cracks me up everytime I see it!
    Oh…and I loved the Post too!
    Kassie aka “Mom”

  2. Interesting and amusing list, Dayna. I think I could join the Innkeepers group but my only witch was the sister of an ancestor. 😦 I joined the Mayflower Society early on and got the hereditary society bug out (William Bradford), but found the one meeting i attended to be incredibly dull. I thought everybody there would be interested in genealogy but seems they had all had somebody else do the sleuthing for them.

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