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Any person shall be eligible for membership in the Society of The Ark and The Dove who is lineally descended from Sir George Calvert, or an ancestor, as the propositus, who came over either on the Ark or the Dove, bearing the first Maryland colonists under the command of Governor Leonard Calvert, which sailed from Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, on St. Cecilia's Day, the 22nd of November, 1633, and who settled the Province of Maryland.

Membership applications shall be made in writing, signed by the applicant, and be accompanied by proof of eligibility. Applications are subject to review by the Committee on Membership.
 
Inquiries should be addressed to: The Society of The Ark and The Dove
Attn: Membership
P. O. Box 401
Riderwood, MD 21139-0401

Or via e-mail:  membership@TheArkAndTheDove.com



Acceptable Proofs for the Society of The Ark and The Dove (click here to download the following info as a PDF)

  1. Civil records of birth, death, marriage or marriage intention or license.
  1. Church records of baptism, birth, marriage, death, burial, admission, dismission.
  1. Cemetery records: notarized copies of tombstone inscriptions or legible photographs of same; also, records from the cemetery office typed on corporate letterhead.
  1. Probate records such as wills, inventories, administration accounts, distribution and guardianship.
  1. Land records such as grants, patents, deeds, tax lists, rent rolls and land commissions.
  1. Colonial, state, and county court records.
  1. Contemporary diaries, Bible entries and letters. If these records are unpublished, the following information must be provided: name and address of present owner, photocopies of entries or notarized handwritten copies. The title page of Bibles should be included showing the date of publication.
  1. Revolutionary and other military pension applications.
  1. Newspaper obituaries.
  1. Census records for 1880, 1900, 1910 and subsequent years, where relationships of individuals are clearly stated.