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What does O.S. K.U.V stand for on a headstone?

I believe it is the the symbol of the "Österreichischer Männer-Kranken-Unterstützungsverein"; this translates to "Austrian Men's Health Benefits Organization" or "Austrian Sick Benefits Club" I ...
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Determining if family member was Freemason in 1800s?

A lot of what I have been able to determine can be eloborated on this page. Note: I will add the caveat that I personally am not a Mason, but several generations of my ancestors, including living, ...
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What is San Francisco lodge- No. 2, K. R. A?

I located the obituary for your great grandfather in the The San Francisco Call, dated 18 November 1908. This obituary mentions a different lodge: As you can see, in addition to some wonderful ...
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How should I record membership in a fraternal organization?

When looking at a list of all the official GEDCOM tags (lists such as GEDCOM Tags and GEDCOM 101 - Tags in the GEDCOM 5.5 Standard, one needs to be aware of the applicable GEDCOM version level. This ...
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Interpreting a Freemasons' Lodge Register

Edit: Lane's Masonic Records has lists of all the Worcestershire lodges : no name is given 178 1772 Kidderminster, Worcestershire Faithful Lodge 442 1816 Kidderminster, Worcestershire Lodge ...
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Interpreting a Freemasons' Lodge Register

This is a stub of an answer and more information will be added as I find it. The term I'm more familiar with for a member who has left the Masons is demitted. This seems to be a North American term (...
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Where to donate records related to South Australian United Ancient Order of Druids?

This question has two related parts - one to do with digitization of these records, and the other where the records should be archived. If possible, I would consider digitizing the records yourself. ...
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Determining if family member was Freemason in 1800s?

As a follow-up to your question, I did a quick search to see what I could discover about my own grandfather's Freemason affiliation. Previously I found a report within the Internet Archive where he ...
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What is San Francisco lodge- No. 2, K. R. A?

Looks like it's the "Knights of the Royal Arch". See this 1901 article from San Francisco about them, where they are described as "an organization of men engaged in the liquor traffic". https://cdnc....
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What does O.S. K.U.V stand for on a headstone?

OS is Oesterreicher. It means Austrian. Unfortunately most of the commentary about KUVs on the internet is in German, but my rusty German tells me that a lot of it is to do with emigration from the ...
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California Freemason Records

There is a related question How to find out which Freemasons' lodge grandfather belonged to? which has some general resources. You are likely to receive the same kind of information that is found on ...
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Where to donate records related to South Australian United Ancient Order of Druids?

The questions of whether the records still belong to the United Ancient Order of Druids, and how to find a more permanent home for these records, are two related questions, which could be summed up ...
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What is San Francisco lodge- No. 2, K. R. A?

This may be a reference to Royal Arch Masonry. See (via Google Books) Proceedings of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of California at Its ... Annual Convocation, Volumes 37-39 (...
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Determining if ancestor was freemason in Pennsylvania

As commented by @sempaiscuba you could try contacting the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to ask if they hold any records for your 2nd great grandfather. At the bottom of its home page there is an email ...
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