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Posted: 20 October 2011 06:08 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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I am trying to find out if I am related to a Freemason out of curiousity… how does one go about doing this, with out having to ask everyone in their family?  I am having trouble researching online.  My mother seems to think my grandfather was a Mason but is not sure since he passed away years ago.  Any help would be appreciated!

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Posted: 20 October 2011 06:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Probably the easiest would be to contact the Grand Lodge of the state you are in.  I know that in NY, the Grand Lodge will provide you with the lodge and dates degrees were taken.  You do need to provide names though.

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Posted: 20 October 2011 06:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Just out of curiousity, why are you trying to find out if you are related to a Mason?  If it is because you want to join, you should know that you do not need to be related to a Mason to join.  I have never been related to a Mason.

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Posted: 20 October 2011 06:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Actually… I am a woman interested in The Order of the Eastern Star; I have learned that my great-grandfather was possibly a Freemason but am not sure yet.  I am trying to find family members that are/were Freemasons, or, more specifically Master Masons so that I may be able to join.  Any tips?

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Posted: 20 October 2011 06:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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I would suggest making contact with (through the website of) the Grand Lodge of the State where he lived to make an enquiry. They will usually need his full name and date of birth as a minimum requirement.

Unless you have documents relating to his membership that will lead you to his particular Lodge there is no other way.

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Posted: 21 October 2011 05:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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Follow Brother Mike’s advice and contact the Grand Secretary in the state in which your great-grandfather (and any other relative you believe might have been a Mason) and they should be able to find a record if he was a member.

This is not an uncommon request, and I’m sure the Grand Secretary’s office will be more than happy to help you.

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