The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is Genealogy Tips. At the end I will give a related post from my blog Genealogy: Beyond the BMD.
J is for Joiners
Our ancestors were joiners. They joined church groups, sports clubs, fraternity orders like the Masons and the Oddfellows, and social clubs. Even with all the work they had to do and the children they had to raise, they liked to be part of a group of like minds.
Verdun United Church Ladies Aid Society 1910
All the ladies names are written on the back, my grandmother age 16 is far left first row. Her mother, my great grandmother age 43 is the far right middle row. I adore all the hats. The minister took the photo.
Some members of fraternal lodges have their symbol engraved on their tombstone. This is the gravestone of my 2x great uncle Thomas and it has the symbol for the Masons at the top.
To find out if your ancestor joined a club, society order or lodge, check for the group's publications at the local library. Also take a look at the links below I have quite a few listed with lists of members.
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