“Pledging Brotherhood: An Introduction to Fraternal, Benevolent, and Secret Societies.” by Jen Baldwin

November 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm


During the 1800s, 1 in every 7 people in the United States was a member of a fraternal society. Explore the various types of organizations and understand how they differentiate from each other, and gain your own secrets to accessing their record collections.


Jen Baldwin has been working in the realm of professional genealogy since 2010 but has been pursuing her family history since she was ten years old, enjoying her grandmother’s stories – and her cookies. She is currently the Data Acquisition Manager, North America for Findmypast. Jen lectures, writes, and consults on a variety of genealogy and social media related topics, and was part of the research team for Genealogy Roadshow, season two on PBS. Her research focus generally tends towards the Western United States – especially the Gold Rush era – and fraternal societies. She is the author of course materials for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies and numerous Legacy QuickGuides. She is a proud volunteer for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, serving as a Board Member and the Program Committee Chair for the 2019 Family History Conference in Washington, DC.