Millions of Members: Finding Your Ancestor in Fraternal Organization Records, with speaker Melinda Kashuba, PhD
Was your ancestor a member of a fraternal or social organization? Thousands of associations emerged during the 19th and early 20th centuries to address the social, financial and occupational needs of Americans and immigrants. Ethnic and religious fraternal organizations helped ease the transition in unfamiliar surroundings, provided benefits such as tools, small loans, and burial funds. In Northern California, fraternal organizations were particularly popular among miners, farmers, and railroad employees. We often learn about an ancestor’s membership from heirlooms, insurance policies, obituaries, or tombstone iconography. Not every fraternal organization kept their records, but some did, and they survived. This lecture will help you identify your ancestor’s membership and provide a strategy to locate records if they exist.
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