The National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters (NSSDAP) was organized on October 19, 1997, in Washington, D.C. Its stated objectives include “to identify and honor the memory of ancestors who were â€˜planters’ within lands today comprising the 48 states of the continental United States between 1607 and April 12, 1861 . . . [and] to produce and distribute publications of all kinds relating to the history and genealogy of such â€˜planters.'” The Society regards a planter as “a large farmer . . . one owning not less than 500 acres of land on which not less than 20 persons, engaged in varying capacities in the agricultural operation, will be employed.”Eligibility for membership in the Society is open to men and women 18 years of age or older who are lineal descendants of a planter; however, admission to membership in the NSSDAP is by invitation of the President General of the Society. Membership inquiries are welcome.
Consistent with founding purposes, National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters, 1607-1861: Lineage Book 1 is an accounting of all member lineages from verified applications and supplements submitted between October 17, 1997, and April 31, 2011. Compiled by Karen B. Parker and finalized under the supervision of Karen Avery Miller, NSSDAP Governor General 2009-2011, this inaugural volume aggregates the first 268 member lineages authenticated by the Society, along with about 100 supplemental lineages linked to bona fide planter ancestors.
A rich new resource for all researchers searching for pre-Civil War ancestors, Lineage Book 1 provides the following particulars on each of the 268 documented planter descendants: full name and place of birth of the NSSDAP “son” or “daughter” and a generation-by-generation pedigree connecting the member to his colonial and antebellum planter, which includes the names and dates of birth and death of spouses in each generation and a reference to the source(s) of the information. Most of the lineages range over eight generations, and in many cases over fourteen or more. The name index to the lineage volume refers to between 6,500 and 7,000 persons in the ancestry of its members. Besides the lineages and index, readers will find much useful information in the front matter to the work, including a brief history of the organization, lists of officers, names of founding and charter members, NSSDAP’s stated purposes and admission policies, and more.