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Fraternal Organizations

An unusual source for genealogical records are memberships and other records of lodges and secret societies.

During the 19th and early 20th century, these organizations were quite popular.

Do not let "secret" mislead you. Lodges and other exclusive groups have always tried to keep secret their initiation rites, their membership (at times) and their rituals. Other that, they are no more secretive than the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. It was always an open secret as to who was a member of the various lodges, as they usually gathered in bodies for such events, as parades, funerals, and other public functions.

The following addresses are for possible help in finding the records of your appropriate local chapter in which your ancestor belonged:

Fraternal Order of the Eagles (FOE)
1623 Gateway Circle S
Grove City, OH 43123
organized in 1898

Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE)
2750 Lake View Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614
founded in 1868

Knights of Columbus (KofC)
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510
founded in 1882 for Catholic men over 18

Supreme Lodge, Knights of Pythias
458 Pearl St
Stoughton, MA 02072-1655
founded in 1864

Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry (Masons)
The Supreme Council 33º
1733 16th St NW
Washington D.C. 20009-3103
founded in 1813

Loyal Order of Moose Supreme Lodge
155 S International Dr
Mooseheart, IL 60539
founded in 1888

Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)
Sovereign Grand Lodge IOOF
422 Trade St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
founded in 1819

Improved Order of Red Men
4521 Speight Av
Waco, TX 76711

Imperial Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America (Shriners)
2239 Democrat Rd
Memphis, TN 38132
founded in 1872

Patriotic Order, Sons of America (POSofA)
240 S Centre Av (Rte 61)
Leesport, PA 19533
founded in 1847

The above men’s lodges all have auxiliary groups and they too have their headquarters, membership lists, rituals and meeting places, etc.

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