Genealogy has come a long way since the 1890s, when "because I say so" was accepted as "proof". Genealogy owes an unequaled debt to the late, great Donald Lines Jacobus, who brought genealogical standards to the modern levels of proof. There are hundreds of ancestors from whom Associates can trace thier lineage. A great source for Founder ancestors is the remarkable work of Meredith B. Colket, Jr , whose "Founders of Early American Families" (which can be ordered below)has served as the "Bible" for the Order However, Colket was occasionally incorrect. One reason for these errors was that he relied very often on published genealogies rather than primary proofs, and these genealogies were often faulty In addition, not all accepted Founders were listed by Colket, and in several of these cases errors were discovered. The Order maintains a corrected list of Founder and Patriot ancestors and will cross reference these against any inquiry That said, the list is being constantly updated and so an applicant's ancestor may not appear on a current database.
Founders of Early American Families
The original 370 page edition of Founders of Early American Families, published in 1975, was rapidly sold out. It contained historical information about some 3,300 male heads of families who emigrated to the 13 original colonies from 1607 to 1657.
The Revised Edition of 468 pages, published in 1985, also sold out, was re-printed in 1993 and has been out of print since 1999. It featured data on about 4,400 emigrants - plus a history of The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, eligibility requirements, a roster of current members, an interesting discussion of where early colonists came from, illustrations of prominent colonists and early residences that may be visited today, data on Coats of Arms and a valuable guide to further genealogical research.
The new Second Revised Edition of 491 pages contains 90 more Founder names plus all of the Founder family data in the 1985 Edition, a roster of current members, Governors, General Officers and a list of all past Governors General of the Order.
Family historians and genealogists will find this book an invaluable addition to their library.