The Society of Descendants of the Conquest (SDC) is a lineage group pendant to the Augustan Society. It was originally two separate groups: The “Order of Descendants of the Conqueror” and the “Order of Descendants of the Conqueror's Companions”. These are now merged, as it has been found that nearly all who qualify for one also qualify for the other.
The purpose of the society is to honor the memory and accomplishments of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and King of England, and his companions in the Conquest, as well as gathering together persons of Norman royal and noble ancestry, preserving their genealogical records, and focusing on the study of the history of England and Normandy in the 11th Century.
The two original groups were both founded on 9 September 1980.
Membership is available in two classes:
- Membership in the Conqueror Class is open to those who can demonstrate unbroken descent from William the Conqueror and his wife Matilda of Flanders.
- Membership in the Companion Class is open to those who can demonstrate unbroken descent from one of the 39 known companions of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings.
Applicants are required to submit a fully documented genealogy along with the entry and genealogist's fees. GED files are preferred, but not required. Further details on application are given here.
The entry fee is $100 for one or two classes at once; $50 for adding a class later; plus a Genealogist Fee of $4/generation for each lineage submitted, including corrections and extensions. Credit will be granted for portions of well-accepted lineages that are documented on Wikipedia.
Those applicants who are approved will receive a membership certificate and the lapel pin insignia, which may be worn on the lapel or on the ribbon of membership of The Augustan Society, for those who are members. The arms of the society are shown above. The insignia shows only the inescutcheon from the arms.
In addition, the genealogies submitted by members may be published from time to time by the Society, as well as in proposed lineage books. They will also be employed in the “Family of Augustans” project.
Additional material on sources for lineages is available for both Descendants of the Conqueror and Descendants of the Companions, and for our preferred lineage format, all of which are commended to the attention of applicants.
This pages maintained by the Webmaster in consultation with the Dean of the SDC. Last modified 3 July 2017.