“Lineage Societies – What, Why and How” By: Sandy Carter-Duff

September 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Sandy will explain what lineage societies are and tell why it is important to join one.  The main emphasis of the program will be on HOW you must document your lineage i.e., what is acceptable and what is not.  Sometimes obvious documentation such as birth, death and marriage certificates are not available.  She’ll present ways to get around that problem.  Finally, she’ll share of list of lineage societies – common and rarely known – with websites to explore specific requirements and make contacts.


Sandy Carter-Duff began researching her family history in the 1970’s.  Her passion stems from her youth as an Air Force brat.  As her family moved from one station to another, she envied classmates with many extended-family in their lives.  When she learned her father was adopted, the challenge to find the heritage and story of his birth roots peaked her curiosity.  She joined the Colorado Genealogical Society about 1988 to learn family research skills; she is a past president.  She also joined the Computer Interest Group, Palatines to America, the W.I.S.E. Family History Society, NGS, NEHGS and several state societies.  DPL Genealogical Collection Specialist James Jeffrey once told her to join a lineage society if she had no plans to publish a family history as this would be the next best way to preserve her research for future generations.  She began this pursuit about 2009 and now belongs to ten lineage societies.