Membership in the National Society Colonial Daughters of the 17th Century is based upon descent from 17th-century ancestors who imperiled their lives and interests in various colonial wars from May 1607 to December 1699, and rendered other distinguished services. Between its establishment in 1896 and the year 1999, the Society published eleven Lineage Books of its membership. By special arrangement with the National Society, the 1989 and 1999 lineage volumes are now available as a paperback set.
The 1989 and 1999 Lineage Books are similar in arrangement, but their contents differ owing to the passage of time. Both volumes are divided into two parts: (1) A list of living members and their qualifying ancestors, followed by (2) Brief sketches of the roughly 2,500 17th-century ancestors, with the names of living members of the organization, if any, descended from them. Society members are identified by city and state of residence at the time of publication. Information provided in the ancestor sketches include one or more dates, something about the individual’s military or other service, and town and colony inhabited. The contents of the two books differ, of course, owing to the discovery of new ancestors, and because of the deaths of some members and the enrollment of new ones over the decade in question. Both books also feature historical essays about the organization and its founders; the Society’s full-color insignia, lists of officers, and more. The 1999 book also concludes with a glossary of terms found in the text.