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Thank you for your interest in "The Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America".

We strive to find individuals who have a deep interest in genealogy and the preservation of history. Joining, "The Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America" is by invitation and we like getting acquainted with prospective applicants.


When a candidate for membership in this Order has accepted, an invitation to join the Order will be sent by the Registrar.

Nominees for membership are required to present properly prepared and endorsed Lineage Claims showing descendancy in full details with citations. All completed Lineage Clams must be attested to and signed. Lineage Papers will be furnished and life membership of $750.00 must be paid at the start of the process. If the line is not accepted all but $225.00 will be refunded to cover administration costs.

The applicant will fill out the Work Sheet and return it to the Registrar General.

In filling out the Work Sheet, lineage data should be as complete as possible to the best knowledge of the applicant. Names of all persons should be in full (not initials) and should be in


Dates are to be shown with the day of the month, then the month, then the year (18 March 1882).


The said: BENJAMIN NYE was the child of:

1.     PATIENCE BURGESS born at:       on:       died at:        on:       married on:  bef 1691 to:  JONATHAN NYE  born at:         on:        died at: Sandwich, Barnstable co., MA on:  ca. 1747 married at:  Harwich or Sandwich, Barnstable co., MA


Proof [s]

Burgess, Ebenezer "Burgess Genealogy, Memorial of the family of Thomas and Dorothy Burgess, who were settled at Sandwich in the Plymouth Colony, in 1637", Boston, Press of T.R. Marvin and Son 1865 p. 12; Sandwich, MA VR p. 67; Torrey, Clarence, "New England Marriages prior to 1700", Baltimore, MD,GPC 1992. p. 542; Nye op.cit. p. 39 - 41; DC (Johnathan Nye) 



The said: PATIENCE BURGES was the child of:

2.     MARY WORDEN born at: Yarmouth, Barnstable co., MA on: 1639 died at: Yarmouth, Barnstable co., MA  on: 1723 married on:  8 Sept 1657 to:  JOHN BURGESS  born at:         on:        died at:  Yarmouth, Barnstable co., MA on:  1701 married at:  Yarmouth, Barnstable co., MA


Proof [s]

Eastwood, Eric Kingman, "The Worden Family, an account of some of the descendants of Peter Worden of Yarmouth, MA", Privately Printed Pitts. PA 1951 pgs 2, 4-5;  Burgess, IBID; Torrey, Op.cit., p.119

 References are to be cited which will PROVE the applicant’s claim for each generation. Proof of parentage for each generation, including the applicant, is essential i.e., that the person named first in a generation was the child of the couple named in the following generation.

      Published records are to be described by the:

(Author)  Last Name, First name; (Book Title in quotes) “Full Title of Book” (Publisher) Place, Name, Date, volume, page

(you may use Ibid and Op.cit when applicable)


      For dates and places of birth, marriage and death and for children. Where proof is found in unpublished records, such as certificates of birth (BC), baptism, marriage (MC) or death (DC), records in family Bibles, wills, deeds, census records, sworn statements of parents, grandparents, etc., each shall be listed in the references for the generation to which it pertains. On each such photocopy the name(s), date(s), etc. Shall be underscored and the generation for which it is submitted as proof shown as, “Gen. 12.”

      If the lineage is the same as one previously approved for a blood relative who supplied photocopies of unpublished records, they need not be supplied if a note is added “see attachments to Application of my (father, sister, etc.) (name). Gen. ____________________, National No.______________.” When record is from a family Bible submit photocopy of title page attached to copy of record.

References to Membership in other societies are not acceptable as proof. All proofs for each generation must be filed with the Work Sheet for examination by the Genealogist of the Order.

The following books are not accepted as proof:

  • “PEDIGREES OF SOME OF THE EMPEROR CHARLEMAGNE'S DESCENDANTS"  Vol. I, II , or III  (Though this source is an excellent road map, it does not reflect the proofs that are necessary for membership)
  • MAGNA CHARTA by Wurts.

 If the Genealogist is checking the Work Sheet finds that he requires certain references and authorities, accompanying a submitted pedigree, to be examined or verified, or if these be foreign and not easily accessible, he shall notify the applicant of this requirement and obtain from him permission to incur such expense on his behalf, which shall be paid by the applicant.

If the pedigree first submitted by an applicant shall be found upon examination of the Genealogist not to be a sufficiently substantiated claim and the applicant submits in proper form other pedigrees to establish his eligibility, the applicant shall pay the Treasurer General the established examination fee ($150.00) for each new pedigree submitted.


All application forms will be furnished by the Registrar General.

Section 10: The Genealogist General will make the ruling and the final decision concerning all lineage claims.

  Understanding sources, proofs and citations:

Primary Sources:

·      Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period.  A primary source reflects the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer.

·     Vital Records of or information collected by government agencies.  Many kinds of records (births, deaths, marriages; permits and licenses issued; census data; etc.) document conditions in the society. 

·     Diaries, journals, speeches, interviews, letters, memos, manuscripts and other papers in which individuals describe events in which they were participants or observers.

·      Memoirs and autobiographies. These may be less reliable than diaries or letters since they are usually written long after events occurred and may be distorted by bias, dimming memory or the revised perspective that may come with hindsight. On the other hand, they are sometimes the only source for certain information.  

·     Records of organizations.  The minutes, reports, correspondence, etc. of an organization or agency serve as an ongoing record of the activity and thinking of that organization or agency. 

·     Published materials (books, magazine and journal articles, newspaper articles) written at the time about a particular event. While these are sometimes accounts by participants, in most cases they are written by journalists or other observers. The important thing is to distinguish between material written at the time of an event as a kind of report, and material written much later, as historical analysis.

·     Photographs, audio recordings and moving pictures or video recordings, documenting what happened.

·     Physical objects (such as grave stones)          

  Secondary Sources:

     A secondary source is a work that interprets or analyzes an historical event or phenomenon. It uses primary sources and is at least one step removed from the event. if you were to look at the bibliography of this article you would see that the author's research was based on both primary sources such as vital records; Examples:

      Richardson, Douglas; "PLANTAGENET ANCESTRY"; Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2004, 945 pgs.

      Richardson, Douglas; "Magna Carta Ancestry, A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families"; Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2005, 1095 pgs.

      Weis, Frederick Lewis and Sheppard, Jr. ((additions and corrections) Beall, William and Kaleen); "ANCESTRAL ROOTS OF CERTAIN AMERICAN COLONISTS WHO CAME TO AMERICA BEFORE 1700"; Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc.,  2004, Eighth Edition, 359 pgs.

      Weis, Frederick Lewis; "THE MAGNA CHARTA SURETIES, 1215"; Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1999, Fifth Edition, 214 pgs.

      Faris, David; "PLANTAGENET ANCESTRY OF SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY COLONISTS"; Boston, MA, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999; Second Edition, 432 pgs.

      Roberts, Gary Boyd; "THE ROYAL DESCENTS OF 600 IMMIGRANTS TO THE AMERICAN COLONIES OR THE UNITED STATES"; Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2004, 811 pgs. 

       Textbooks and encyclopedias are also examples of secondary sources.


Registrar General 
Order of the Crown of Charlemagne 
Tel/Fax:  763.553.1122
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