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Name Society

Colonial Order of the Acorn

It is a prerequisite that a candidate shall be a descendant, of a forefather resident prior to July 4, 1776, in one of the North American Colonies, that afterwards became the thirteen original states.


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Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Founded: 1907

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Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation

Founded: 1932

Hereditary Members are the direct lineal descendants, brothers, sisters, and parents of those who have been awarded the Purple Heart.

PO Box 49
Annandale, VA 22003


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This website has a link to Cell Recycling for Soldiers

National Society – Americans of Royal Descent

Founded: 1908

Eligibility for membership is based upon Royal Descent from Ruling Houses of Europe and the British Isles and a member in good standing in one or more recognized American lineage societies, having to do with periods of American history interior to the American Revolution.  In addition, a woman candidate must be a member of either the Colonial Dames of America or the National Society Colonial Dames of America.


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Old World Hereditary Society

You can become a member if you are a member of the following Societies:
Colonial Order of the Crown®
Order of Washington
Plantagenet Society®
Sovereign Colonial Society Americans of Royal Descent®
Society of Descendants of Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter

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Order Crown of Charlemagne in the United State of America

Founded: 1940

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Order of Descendants of Colonial Physicians

Membership is open to men and women who are descended from a physicians or surgeons, licensed midwife practicing on the North American continent during the Colonial period, through 1783

Founded:  1974

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Order of Descendants of Pirates and Privateers


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Order of Crown of America

Founded: 1898

Eligibility for membership consists not simply of proving legitimate royal descent, but of establishing worthiness of the high distinction this membership confers.  It is also required that the candidates shall have attained their majority.

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Order of Descendants of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company

Founded: 1637

Those male individuals eligible for membership shall be at least eighteen years of age with legitimate descent from (1)  a member of The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts who served between the years 1637-1774; (2) a minister who preached the Election Sermon during the years 1638-1774; (3) Governor John Winthrop, (4) Deputy Governor Thomas Dudley, (5) a member of the Council or a delegate to the General Court in 1638 when the Company Charter was granted, (6) members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts "by right of descent," or (7) members of the National Society of Women Descendants of The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.

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Order of Lafayette

Founded: 1958

Membership is available to all commissioned officers of the United States Armed Forces, male or female, who served in France during World War I, or in France or French possessions during World War II. It also includes United States officers who served in France during World War I in the Lafayette Escadrille Flying Corps, the American Field Service, or with the Allies. Military service in France includes participating in an invasion or flight within the coastal areas of France or French possessions.

American enlisted men who served in France or in French possessions during World War I or World War II, and who were commissioned later are also eligible for membership in the Order of Lafayette, as well as commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers of the French Foreign Legion.

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Saint David’s Society of the State of New York

Eligibility for membership is base upon Welsh descent.  The guidelines for each Saint David's Society may vary.

Founded: 1835


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Society – The Ark & The Dove

Founded: 1910

Any person above the age of 18 is eligible for membership, who is lineally descended from Sir George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore, or from an ancestor who came on either ‘The Ark’ or ‘The Dove’, bearing the first Mayflower Colonists under the command of Governor Leonard Calvert, which sailed from Cowes, Isle of Wright, England on Nov 22, 1633, and who settled in the Providence of Maryland.

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Fiske Library Book: LC: F180; Dewey: 929/.3752

Society - Descendants Colonial Clergy

Founded: 1933

Lineal descendants over age 21 years with an ancestors who was a clergyman regularly ordained, installed, or settled over the Christian Church within the limit of the 13 original Colonies prior to July 4, 1776.


Society - Descendants of Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter

Founded:  1933

Lineal descent from 1 or more of the Knights of the Garter. Life membership Society.

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Society - Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons & Daughters of the Kings of Britain

Founded: 1950

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The Hereditary Order of Descendants of the Loyalist & Patriots of the American Revolution

Founded: 1073

Man or woman who is of lineal or collateral descendant of an ancestor who, during the period of the American Revolution form 1775 to 1783 was loyal to the Crown of Great Britain.

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The Hereditary Order of the Descendants of Colonial Governors

Society composed of men and women who can prove their descent from a colonial-era governor, from prior to 1775.

Founded: 1896

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The Plantagenet Society

Founded: 1902

Eligibility for membership in this Society is based upon lineal descent from one or more of the Plantagenet Kings of England. Plantagenet was the surname used by the Angevin House, which succeeded to the throne of England in A.D. 1154 in the person of Henry II, who ruled until the deposition of Richard II (1399). The houses of York and Lancaster, which succeeded, being descended from Edward III, are generally included in the Plantagenet Line.


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The Sovereign Colonial Society Americans of Royal Descent

Founded:  1867

The Society requires lineal descent from a king. The society includes the descendants of all the royal houses, both medieval and modern.

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