One reason I often hear from people who stop by the Genealogy Center is that they’re looking to trace their family history in order to join a lineage society. Not only does the connection instill pride in the relationship to that ancestor, but joining such a group allows the member to do volunteer work involving preservation of the past and education of future generations. Every group has a registrar who helps new members with the paperwork involved in proving the relationship to the ancestor through "membership workshops."
One such group is the United States Daughters of 1812 (USD 1812). The USD 1812 serves to promote patriotism and to preserve and increase knowledge of the history of the American people by the preservation of documents and relics, the marking of historic spots, the recording of family histories and traditions, the celebration of patriotic anniversaries, teaching and emphasizing the heroic deeds of the civil, and military and naval life of those who molded this government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812.
Midwest Genealogy Center