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From: Lois Mackin <>
Subject: Re: [APG] I. O. O. F. records
Date: Mon, 25 May 2009 08:46:11 -0500
Yes, I did. I found evidence in newspaper obituaries that subjects of
my research were members of Odd Fellows organizations in Connecticut
and Nebraska. By writing to the state organizations (called Grand
Lodges) referenced on the national Odd Fellows web site's genealogy
page, I received replies ranging from date and cause of death (from
the Connecticut Grand Lodge) to "sorry, the records of that lodge were
destroyed..." and a description of the records that do survive (from
Nebraska). No "jackpots" resulted, but it was definitely worth the
effort of writing.
The Odd Fellows, incidentally, were really an international
organization as their name implies. I did not investigate the
possibility of records in the UK for my Cornish subjects. There was
considerable discussion of the Odd Fellows on the CORNISH-GEN mailing
list a few years ago.
The January 2009 issue of the The Septs, published by the Irish
Genealogical Society International, had the theme Societies and
Organizations. There is a general article on ancestral membership in
organizations by Tom K. Rice, CG, and one on fraternal organizations'
websites by Mary Wickersham that may be of interest. Mary's article
references the Odd Fellows website's genealogy page that I used.
Lois Abromitis Mackin
On May 25, 2009, at 2:02 AM, wrote:
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> Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 09:02:15 -0400
> From: Janis L Gilmore <>
> Subject: [APG] I. O. O. F. records
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> Has anyone ever succesfully located and used records created by the
> fraternal organization known as I.O.O.F. (Odd Fellows)?
> Janis Walker Gilmore
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