Examples of lineage/heritage organizations are:
- Sons / Daughters of the American Revolution
- Colonial Dames of America
- General Society of Mayflower Descendents
- and etc (there are nearly 500 organizations in the US!)
Participants must be over the age of 18 and are assigned a number by the survey program. They will be referred to by that number in the research. At the end of the survey participants will have the opportunity to give contact information if they would like to participate in the interview section of the study. This is optional, and not required to complete the survey.
For analysis purposes, the survey is broken into several sections. Everyone will take the sections covering general demographics, education, involvement in genealogy, impressions of applications for these organizations, uses of DNA with genealogy, and discrimination. After these sections, the participant will select from a group of descriptions that they feel best describes them.
These groups are:
- Historian, archivist, librarian, professional genealogist, or employed with a company that does genealogical work and interacts frequently with persons who perform genealogical research
- Member of a lineage or heritage organization
- Not a member of a lineage or heritage organization
- A paid staff member or volunteer for a heritage organization or lineage society who approves applications for membership or assists prospective members with their applications
- A genealogist/family history researcher (but not a professional) who researches for themselves, family, friends, or others for free