Genealogical Gleanings from New York Fraternal Organizations, Volume 1 - Sherida K. Eddlemon. Fraternal organizations have been around for centuries. The Freemasons, or Masons, may be the best known in the United States. This private society has existed since colonial times in America. Masonic records can provide a wealth of information on members and help fill in missing genealogical gaps resulting from destroyed census records, burned courthouse records, and the like. Information on each member varies but generally includes the individual's name, the name of the organization to which he belongs, and an additional piece of data such as residence, occupation, location of lodge, or his position in the organization. Lengthier entries may include the names of parents, siblings, spouse, children, and other household occupants. 2003, 5½x8½, paper, index, 216 pp.