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Secret Signs
Don't be mystified by tracing ancestors who joined the Odd Fellows, Masons, Knights of Pythias and other “secret” societies. Let our guide initiate you into fraternal-order research.

A dignified and respectful atmosphere surrounds the men as they await the Watchman's return. Finally, he walks back into the room. “Consul, the Sentry is at his post, and the outer door has been secured,” the Watchman announces.

If your ancestor belonged to the Modern Woodmen of America, at this point, he would need to give the Escort the appropriate “grip,” or handshake, and the required passwords.

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