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Posted on 06/01/2008 9:46:13 PM PDT by Lusis
I've been doing some genealogical research and have traced a couple branches of my family through the Civil War, the Texas War of Independence, and the Revolutionary War. I've also been given the opportunity via some co-workers to join the Sons of the Republic of Texas. I've checked into it, but have also found other historical societies such as the Sons of the Confederacy, and the Sons of the American Revolution.
Does anyone out there have any info on these groups as to what it's like to be involved in these groups, and which ones are worth joining?
Does the Sons of Texas have both Tejano and Texican chapters?
Let's get some of the big FR guns in here.Does anyone out there have any info on these groups as to what it's like to be involved in these groups, and which ones are worth joining?I'm sure someone in GGG will know about one or more these groups.
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Sons of the American Revolution ( SAR)is one of the most prestigious organizations in the world.
It is the brother organization of the DAR ( Daughters of the American Revolution).
To become a member, one must provide impeccable credentials that can be verified independently proving that one is a direct descendant of a person who fought in the Revolutionary War. There are chapters in the US, in most states, and in countries that had citizens who fought in our our revoution. The second largest, and very active chapter is in France.
I am a member of both the SAR and SCV. Both are great organizations.
Luckily the ancestor is Col. Elijah Issacs, whose line seems to be somewhat well known up until post-Texas War of Independence. He was a Colonel in the NC Militia and was captured in the Battle of Camden, released, and then promoted to Brigadier General.
Can anyone tell me about SRT and what there is for out-of-state members (I’m currently stationed in NC)?
The SAR is really educational. There are meetings in which one meets a lot of fascinating guys who are fonts of knowledge about the past. Tours of historic sites, dinners, entre into houses and clubs that ordinarily one would not be able to access; usually a good informative newsletter + contats with people who can really help with additional genealogical and historical research. Very worthwhile.
I don’t want to hijack the thread, but while we are on the topic of historical groups, does anybody know anything about the Mayflower Society? Mr G is descended from 2 families on the Mayflower, and I am wondering if it is worth the effort to document it so we can join.
For your Texas connections - there are the Sons (and Daughters) of the Texas Revolution. My husband has been doing some groundwork into his family and has found that his ancestor was among the Old Three Hundred, and was among Houston’s regiment that was on its way to the Alamo when it fell. I think getting the credentials is the same as SAR and such. Its something we’re going through the process of getting.
Sons of the Republic of Texas seems to carry a bit more prestige than the Sons of the American Revolution. Harder to get into is the Society of the Cincinnati (members generally must descend from an officer who served in the Continental Army or Navy for at least three years, from an officer who died or was killed in service, or from an officer serving at the close of the Revolution. The tricky part is each officer may be represented by only ONE descendant at any given time).
I suggest you go to a local meeting or two with each “lineage society” for which you are eligible and see who YOU would like to hang around.
One thing about these societies is that I’m not the kind of guy that will dress-up in period costume and reenact battles (though I wouldn’t mind picking up some blackpowder firearms). I know the SCV does this alot. I’m more interested in the genealogical/historical resources and instilling an appreciation for history in my kids.