After re-blogging this post, The Caterpillar Club — Pacific Paratrooper, original post – https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/2019/11/14/the-caterpillar-club/, I started thinking of other groups, clubs and societies that are out there. There are plenty of organizations, clubs, and societies one could potentially join if you meet the qualifications and pay whatever dues or fees required. As there are plenty of clubs, societies, and organizations that won’t fit the lineage category, if you know of one, please let me know. I included one below – Travelers’ Century Club. To join it, you have visit 100 countries or territories on its list. Word of caution, I did not check every link within the links below. In one case, I found a dead link that I notified the website was dead. I couldn’t find a link that worked, other than a Wayback Machine link.
I started with an old post of mine, Black Sheep Sunday – An Interesting Discovery… – July 17, 2018, which talked about two black sheep societies and two pirate societies. I could only find one of each in the search last year. When I checked today, it looks the individual black sheep and pirate societies I found last year are no longer around. I found the Wayback Machine links for them. For clubs and organizations, I am leaving out the numerous religious, civic, benevolent, or fraternal groups like the Elks, the Rotary Club, Woodmen of the World, Knights of Columbus, etc. Some of these groups may show up in the links below. You may find organizations that aren’t on the list – in the U. S., some states and areas have First Families societies that only apply if your ancestors moved into the area at certain times.
If you don’t see an organization you know or think may exist, do a search as there are several I know aren’t on the links below.
I recalled this club as I found it many years ago when I was looking for something else locally –
Travelers’ Century Club: https://travelerscenturyclub.org/ – you have to visit 100 countries or territories – https://travelerscenturyclub.org/countries-and-territories – total of 327 places that are considered countries or territories, to qualify for membership. Initiation fee of $100 per person plus yearly dues of $75 for U. S. citizens, $85 for non- U. S. citizens although spouse yearly dues are $65 U. S. or non-U. S.
Here are several lists of potential organizations you may be able to join. There is probably going to be a fair amount of crossover between the links below, but there may be some organizations that are only on some of the links below.l
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hereditary_and_lineage_organizations (organizations in red don’t have Wikipedia articles – same applies to any other Wikipedia links below)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_historical_societies; list to U. S. societies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_historical_societies#United_States_societies
www.hereditary.us/ list link: www.hereditary.us/list_a.htm, additional link: http://www.hereditary.us/ancestors.htm
https://www.blacksheepancestors.com/index.shtml (not an actual society, but links to various records to determine if you may have a black sheep ancestor or relative)
https://curlie.org/Society/Organizations/ list link: https://curlie.org/Society/Organizations/Lineage, see also https://curlie.org/en/Society/Organizations/Lineage/American_Wars_and_Conflicts
Two Cyndi’s Lists:
https://www.cyndislist.com/societies/lineage/ categories and some individual societies
https://www.cyndislist.com/societies/lineage/military/three (3) pages long