New Database: Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts Membership Applications, 1560-1970

Application documenting the lineage of William Klapp Williams who was descended from William Plumstead.

We are very happy to announce the first installment of a new database today; Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts Membership Applications, 1560-1970. The database contains the first one thousand applications to the Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts (SCWMA) and contains over 4,100 pages and 97,000 indexed names.

Since its founding in 1893, the SCWMA has combined fraternal good fellowship with a dedication to promoting patriotic values and a knowledge of colonial American history, particularly its military dimension. For more information about this society you can see the SCWMA web page.

In the future this database will include applications up through 1970 as well as Supplemental Applications during that time period. We would be delighted to have new volunteers to help us with the indexing effort. If you have a few hours available hours a week and are interested in learning more about this exciting project, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at

This database provides an index to the applications to the SCWMA that includes, the applicant, their colonial ancestor, and the indexed birth, marriage and death information for each generation of descendants on the application. In addition, the membership numbers for the state and the general society are displayed. For the lineage section of the application the generation numbers are included; where generation 1 is the applicant.

The page number for the applications are in the format [member number]:[page]. So, for member 23, the first page is 23:1. The value of the Note field, which is presented on the Record and Transcript pages, indicates how many pages there are for that specific application. Most applications have 4 pages.

Today’s release was made possible by the volunteer efforts of: Matthew Murphy, Carol Farrington, Jeanne Brown, Sandy Caldwell, and Sara Calautti.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership