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  • Lineage Societies

    A lineage society is a select group of individuals who can prove a direct link to a specific ancestor from a certain historic era, location, or event. For generations, family historians have completed the necessary pedigrees and collected proof to join these societies. Their work can be a hidden resource for your family history research. 

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    The Mayflower Society

    Santa Barbara Colony - Society for lineal descendants of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Committed to genealogical research and education.

    Colonial Dames - California State Society

    A group of women who are lineal descendants of an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the Original Colonies in the geographical area of the present U.S. The California Society currently has 15 Chapters with 375 members. The Santa Barbara chapter partners with Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.

    Daughters of the American Revolution

    Chapter Mission Canyon (Santa Barbara)
    Chapter Captain Henry Sweetser (Santa Maria): A lineage-based membership service organization for women who are directly descended from a person involved in the United States’ efforts towards independence.

    Sons of the American Revolution

    Santa Barbara Chapter:
    Dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and teaching American history to future generations. Home of SAR Genealogical Research Library

    Daughters of Union Veterans, Civil War 1861-1865

    Santa Barbara Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22
    Women who are direct descendants of Union veterans who fought during the American Civil War. The oldest and largest U.S. Civil War women’s organization that is genealogically based on lineal descent.

    Sons of Union Veterans, Civil War 1861-1865

    Department of California and Pacific Camp 28
    Fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of heroes who fought and worked to save the Union.

    United Daughters of the Confederacy

    Chapter Phoebe Yates Pember 2532
    Women who are descendants of military and civilians who were involved with the southern perspective of the War Between the States, also called the American Civil War. Members are not only interested in genealogy, but also in the historical times in which their ancestors lived.

    Los Californianos

    Descendants of early Hispanic settlers (Californios or Californianos) of Alta California who preserve the Hispanic heritage (history, music, culture, infrastructure, etc.) of Alta California and help other descendants compile their Hispanic genealogy.

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