The State Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati has strict genealogical requirements for membership.
Legitimate descent from the eligible officer must be proven, generation by generation, through meticulous documentation of the relevant births, marriages, and death. Acceptable forms of documentation include:
The Pennsylvania Society recently tightened its genealogical requirements, so proving relationship to a previous Hereditary Member (a father, grandfather, or uncle) may not be sufficient to qualify for membership. Documentation must be shown that traces the genealogy of the applicant back to the eligible officer.
Adopted children and their descendents are not eligible for membership.
If two or more applicants are claiming right of succession to the same eligible officer, the Pennsylvania Society reserves the right to determine which of the applicants has the strongest claim to succession.
Application can only be made to open lines of descent. Please confirm that a line is vacant by reviewing our list of Eligible Officers. Those lines already represented in the Society are boldfaced in the listing.
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