National Society of the Colonial Dames of America

Objectives: To aid in the preservation of the records and of the historic sites of our country; to foster interest in historical colonial research; to aid in the education of the youth of our country; To commemorate the noble and heroic deeds of our ancestors, the founders of our great Republic; to maintain zealously those high principles of virtue, courage and patriotism which led to the independence of the Colonies and the foundation and establishment of the United States of America; to maintain a Library of Heraldry and preserve the lineage and Coats of Arms of our Armorial ancestors; to develop a library specializing in seventeenth century American colonial data.

Membership Eligibility:

Any woman of good moral character, eighteen years of age or over, is eligible for membership, provided she has been invited by the Society and is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the Original Colonies in the geographical area of the present United States of America. Membership is in the National Society but members join through Chapters. Admission into the Society is by invitation and the endorsement by two members, to whom the applicant is known personally, and approval of lineage papers by the President General, Registrar General and Treasurer General. Documentary proof of an ancestor’s service prior to 1701 is required. There are 18 categories of eligible service as detailed in the list below, including both male and female ancestors. No person may enter the Society under known false lineage records. Service Categories:

Documentary proof of an ancestor’s service and residence prior to 1701 in one of the following is required:

1. Historic Founder of Jamestown or Historic Founder of any of the original colonies.
2. Member of the London, Plymouth or Virginia Companies who came to the colonies to live.
3. Colonial Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Deputy Governor, or Colonial Offi cer.
4. Member of the House of Burgesses.
5. Member or Delegate to the Council of the Assembly.
6. Deputy or Representative to the General Court.
7. All civil and church offi cials and services.
8. Founder or Trustee of any college or school.
9. Minister of the Gospel or Commissary of the Bishops of London.
10. Member of the Council of Safety of 1689.
11. Signer of the Mayfl ower Compact.
12. Member of the House of Delegates.
13. All Professions, Trades and Crafts.
14. All Military and Naval services of the colonies.
15. Anyone who furnished funds or supplies.
16. Member of Provincial Congress.
17. Landowner, Freeman or Planter.
18. Headright, Transportee.