Become a Member

Membership Inquiry Process

New members may join the Order upon the completion of the application form, with acceptable documentary proof of lineal descent from a Founder ancestor, and the affirmative vote of a 2/3 majority of the Executive Committee present and voting.

Those interested in a membership should contact the Order using this form:

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Membership Inquiry Form

After your Membership Inquiry has been processed and approved, you will be contacted by the Secretary General and provided additional membership details including an application form.

When you complete the application, mail it to the Genealogista General. You may also contact him for information about the Order, the application process, or other questions.

Peter Baron
PO Box 1569
Lytle, TX 78052
210-913-3458
ptbaron@hotmail.com

Eligibility

Any man, woman, boy or girl, of good moral character is eligible for membership in this Order who lineally descends from the Founders of North America, including the Caribbean and offshore North Atlantic Islands during the period of 1492 to 1692. Members may descend from Spanish, English, French, Dutch, Scottish, Swedish, German, Danish, and Italian royalty, explorers, settlers, and seamen transporting and supplying these colonists.

Qualifications for Membership

New members may join the Order upon the completion of the application form, with acceptable documentary proof of lineal descent from a Founder ancestor, and the affirmative vote of a 2/3 majority of the Executive Committee present and voting.

The Order will accept documented and proven pedigrees accepted by the following lineage societies:

  • Society of the Cincinnati (1783)
  • Sons of the American Revolution (1889)
  • Sons of the Revolution (1889)
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (1890)
  • Colonial Damesof America (1890)
  • National Society United States Daughters of 1812 (1892)
  • General Society of Colonial Wars (1893)
  • General Society of the War of 1812 (1894)
  • Children of the American Revolution (1895)
  • Order of the Founders and Patriots of America (1896)
  • Mayflower Society (1897)
  • Plantagenet Society (1902)
  • Barons and Dames of Magna Charta (1909)
  • First Families of Virginia (1912)
  • Colonial Dames of the XVII Century (1915)
  • Jamestowne Society (1936)
  • Society of the Descendants of Charlemagne (1984)
  • First Families of Maryland (1999)
  • First Families of Connecticut (2004)
  • First Families of Pennsylvania

The Order may accept documented and proven pedigrees accepted by other societies on a case-by-case basis. The list will be expanded from time to time. For those applications that do not reach back before 1692, documentary evidence must be provided to connect to the applicant’s Founder ancestor.

Membership Classifications

ADULTS:
Any man or woman, of 18 years of age or older, of good moral character is eligible for membership in this Order who lineally descends from the Founders of North America, including the Caribbean and offshore North Atlantic Islands during the period of 1492 to 1692. Members may descend from Spanish, English, French, Dutch, Scottish, Swedish, German, Danish, and Italian royalty, explorers, settlers, and seamen transporting and supplying these colonists.

JUNIORS:
Any boy or girl, under the age of 18 years, is eligible for junior membership in this Order, provided they have a Founder ancestor meeting the qualifications in Section 1. If they are a junior member in good standing upon attaining their 18th birthday, they shall automatically become regular members.

COMPANION OF THE ORDER:
For people interested in supporting the mission of the Order, but lacking a qualifying Founder ancestor, they may be granted honorary “Companion of the Order” status by a 2/3 majority vote of the Executive Committee. They shall be entitled to attend meetings and serve on committees, but shall not be able to vote or hold elective office in the Order.

PATRONS:
The Grand Viscount/Viscountess General may appoint one or more Patrons to be recognized for support of the Order and accomplishments in their respective field. This appointment must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee. Patrons will receive a complementary and honorary membership in the Order, including a certificate, membership medal, and General Officers neck ribbon and sash. A list of Patrons will be maintained on the Order’s webpage.

Fees and Dues

The applicant, regardless of age, pays a fee of $300.00–$200.00 for lifetime membership and $100.00 for application processing. The fees includes a comprehensive review by the Genealogist and administrative costs.

If approved, this fee becomes a lifetime membership payment; meaning no other monies will ever be due — except for future supplemental applications.

If the lineage application is not approved, all but $100.00, (to cover administration costs), will be refunded.