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The members of the Society are male descendants of those in military, naval and civil positions of high trust and responsibility whose acts and counsel assisted in the establishment, defense and growth of the American Colonies.
Our specific genealogical membership requirements are noted below. If you believe you are eligible for membership, please contact the Society for additional information. Membership is by invitation only although enquiries from eligible gentlemen are encouraged.
Any male person eighteen years of age or older, of good moral character and reputation, shall be eligible to membership in the General and every constituent State Society, provided he is lineally descended in the male or female line from an ancestor:
(1) Who served as a military or naval officer, or as a soldier, sailor, or marine, or as a privateersman, under authority of any of the Colonies which afterward formed the United States, or in the forces of Great Britain which participated with those of the said Colonies in any wars in which the said Colonies were engaged, or in which they enrolled men, during the period from the settlement of Jamestown, May 13, 1607, to the Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775; or
(2) Who held office in any of the Colonies between the dates above mentioned, as:
Director General, Vice Director General, or member of the Council, or Legislative body, in the Colony of the New Netherland;
Governor, Lieutenant or Deputy Governor, Lord Proprietor, member of The King’s or Governor’s Council, or of the legislative body, in the Colony of New York, the Jerseys, Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Delaware;
Lord Proprietor, Governor, Deputy Governor, or member of the Council, or of the legislative body, in Maryland, the Carolinas, or Georgia;
Governor, Deputy Governor, Governor’s Assistant, or Commissioner to the United Colonies of New England, or member of the Council, body of Assistants, or legislative body, in any of the New England colonies;
or Justice, Judge, Justice of the Peace, or other judicial officer.
State Society shall not adopt any rule of eligibility for membership other than that prescribed in this Article nor fail to adopt any rule of eligibility for membership prescribed in this Article
Membership in the General or any constituent State Society shall not be held complete until the Registrar General has approved the application papers relating there
Any person duly elected to membership in a constituent State Society, which are enumerated in Article III of the By-laws, shall, upon approval by the Registrar General of the application papers related thereto, be a member of the General Society.
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