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Excerpt from List of Members of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society: April 1, 1898
AT the annual meeting in January, 1898, the Society voted to publish an alphabetical list of its members, under the direction of the Committee on the Rolls of Membership. After mature considera tion I have decided to adopt an arrangement similar to that of the lists published in the annual proceedings for 1877, and to which John Ward Dean, a.m. Devoted much time.
It is now five years since the Rolls of Membership were printed, and the changes since have averaged upwards of one hundred each year. We have annually had an accession of about seventy new members, which number will be considerably increased in 1898 by the admission of women. We have annually lost by death nearly forty members, by resignations eleven, by forfeitures for non payment of dues three.
The proceedings give the names of the new members from year to year, and also contain a very complete and carefully prepared necrology. An alphabetical list of the resignations from January 1, 1893, to February 1, 1898, has been recorded by vote of the Council in its records for March, 1898. Few names have been added to the Honorary and Corresponding Rolls in recent years, there being no limitation in the present by - laws as to the place of residence of persons desiring to become Resident members.
The policy of electing as Honorary and Corresponding members only those whose contributions to historical or genealogical knowledge are thought to entitle them to special recognition, has been strictly adhered to by the Society.
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