Any person, who agrees with the objectives of the society.
Any person, who is of collateral descent from Nathan Hale who was born June 6, 1755 in Coventry, Connecticut.
The Nathan Hale Society Membership Applications
All applications for membership in this Society shall be made, upon blank forms furnished by the Society. They shall be signed with the full name and address of the applicant, and shall also be signed by at least one member of the Society nominating and recommending the applicant. Please select one of the three downloadable formats below.
Application Instructions, including for those filling out hereditary applications
If you are joining as a Supporting Member, just fill out the application halfway down the first page. If you are joining as a hereditary member, follow the directions below:
Fill out as many of the spaces on the application form as possible. It is necessary to prove that each generation descends from the prior. Dates are to be entered as day, month, year, as in: 01 Jan 1920. Abbreviate states using standard two letter postal abbreviations, as in : CT.
Enter the full names of all persons, only using initials when the full name is unknown.
Expected standards of proof are those of the genealogical community. The best proofs are primary proofs. A primary proof is a certified copy of a birth, marriage, or death certificate, published town vital records, census reports, probate records, etc. When primary proofs are not available, good secondary proofs may be acceptable. These include published genealogies that cite their sources, reputable town histories, genealogical journals, etc. The commemorative biographical history books published in the late 1800s (so-called “mug books”) are not reliable, and should only be used as a last resort as a proof, or to substantiate another secondary source. On the other hand, some secondary sources are of such high reliability that they approach the quality of primary proofs; for example the New England Historic Genealogical Register and the so-called “Silver Books” of Mayflower lineages published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. A lineage published in any of the Silver Books requires no further documentation.
Record copies of other hereditary societies are not acceptable, nor listings in their publications, such as the SAR or DAR indexes and lineages. Internet sources are not acceptable, unless they are scanned copies of publications, or transcriptions. Under no circumstances are IGI, Ancestral Files, World Family Tree files, or other such sources acceptable.
Sign the application and include a check for $50 (1 year’s dues + application fee) or $250 for life membership. The application is to be sent along with the proofs. Do not send original certified copies: send photocopies. All proofs from published books or bible records must be submitted along with the title page, showing date, from each source. The proofs are to be stacked in the order as they appear on the application form. Send one copy of each proof.
Any collateral connection to Nathan Hale is acceptable. Fill out the first section from yourself to the joint ancestor. Fill out the second section from Nathan Hale’s parents to the joint ancestor, showing types of relationships. Use additional paper if necessary, following the same format.
The Society encourages applicants to do as much of the research on their families as possible, as it is one of the goals of the Society that the members learn as much as they can about the Hale ancestors, their descendants, and the history of their times. However, the Society will accept professionally prepared applications. The Society’s Registrar will assist applicants within reason, and any questions or problems in the research or application process should be directed to the Registrar. The Registrar can direct applicants to a qualified genealogical researcher if needed.
Send applications to:
Timothy Lester Jacobs
P.O. Box 270771
West Hartford, CT 06217-0771
He can also be contacted