Membership in the Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen
1607-1783 is extended to men and women 18 years of age or older
who are of good moral character and who are lineally descended
from an artisan or tradesman who lived in the American Colonies
from the founding of Jamestowne, 13 May 1607, to the Treaty
of Paris, 03 September 1783. Artisans and tradesmen are defined
as those who were accomplished in the field of art and those
who crafted or traded items and/or were part of select Royal
established in the Old World who continued their practices
in the American Colonies. Farmers or those dealing in the raising
or selling of livestock or poultry are not included.
Membership is by invitation only and shall be extended by
the President General.
Membership inquires are welcome; please submit a PROPOSAL
INQUIRY FORM* (PIF) to the President General. (*This
file is a .pdf document. Windows users: right click on link
and "Save" to
disk. Mac users: mousedown on link and "Save" to
Invited members shall submit an official lineage application
form complete with photocopies of fully documented sources
for each name, date, and event location per generation and
documentation of the ancestor's skill, trade, or artistic talent
to the Registrar General. A separate definition of your ancestor's
given skill, trade, or artistic talent shall be requested in
writing in ten (10) words or less and shall be accompanied
by a source citation. It is the desire of the Guild that our
members be factually informed about their ancestor's skill
hence the requirement of a definition on the application form.
Please visit the Guild's
Dictionary of Colonial Arts & Trades
or the Guild's Research Resources for assistance. If the Guild
ancestor's lineage has been proven in another society, it may
be acceptable to submit a verified copy of such paper in lieu
of lineage documentation.
Guild membership status is that of Life Member only. Life
membership fees are $250.00.
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