For our next Topic Challenge of 2015, I am setting one from @JanMurphy:
We have some questions about the Masons already. There are MANY other fraternal organizations. I'm sure if we scoured our records, we could find people who belonged to the Masons, other fraternal orders, or other social organizations.
The orders themselves may have indexes of members with just a few dates involving their membership in the organization, but they can provide vital clues to residence in a particular area, and membership information may lead to hits in newspapers or city directories, yielding names of associates for cluster / FAN group research.
A quick search here reveals that to date we have had these questions that mention "mason" so to widen the net let's have questions about:
- other fraternal organizations and lodges; and
- the occupation of Mason
After a couple of weeks I will tally up the results to see how we did.
If you have an idea for a new challenge or want to see a re-run of an earlier one then I encourage you to suggest new ones and vote for which to do next at Vote for the next Topic Challenge!