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Milam County, Texas

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Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Texas




Grand Lodge of Texas

Often researchers seek information concerning the possible Masonic affiliation of an ancestor. In TEXAS, as of February 15, 2005, the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas has instituted new rules as to what Masonic Records are available to the general public.

The staff of the Masonic Grand Lodge Library and Museum of Texas (located at 715 Columbus Avenue, Waco, Texas), will perform a Masonic Record Search using the Grand Lodge of Texas Archival Membership Index File.

There will be a $10.00 fee for each individual search. This fee goes toward the support of the Grand Lodge Library and Museum. Please allow up to 8 weeks for a response to your inquiry. Click here for Request Form(form in .pdf format).

This search will provide Membership Information Only. It will show what Texas Masonic Lodge the person belonged to and will show if the person was an officer of a Texas Masonic Lodge, or an officer of the Grand Lodge of Texas.

There is NO biographical information in these files. Once you find what Masonic Lodge a person belonged to, you will then need to contact that Lodge directly to inquire as to what may be in that member's file.



Why did the lodges met on or around the dates of the full moon? - - The answer: The full moon gives off the most light to make it easier for the lodge members to travel in the dark going to and from the lodge. In 2004, there were only 17 of the 884 Masonic Lodges in Texas that still meet according to the dates of the full moon, and these are in small towns or communities. The reason now may more "traditional" than practical.



The "Colored Masonic Lodges" are completely separate organizations and are not officially recognized by The Grand Lodge of Texas, AF&AM. The "Colored Masonic Lodges" go back to the time of the American Revolution when Prince Hall and 14 other free black men were initiated into Masonry in Boston by the Grand Lodge in Ireland, and ultimately Prince Hall formed the African Lodge No. 1 on 3 July 1776. According to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas, AF&AM web site, "...the first Negro Free and Accepted Masonic Lodges organized in Texas..." was established in 1871. There are four "colored" Grand Lodges in Texas, the largest and most prominent being the Prince Hall Grand Lodge.

The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas is located at: P. O. Box 1478, Fort Worth, Texas 76101 - Office telephone 817/534-4612.

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Thanks to Loyd O. Addy, Sr. of Fort Worth, Texas who is the Webmaster for The Grand Lodge of Texas, AF&AM for his kind help and assistance with information on the Masonic Lodges of Milam County, Texas.



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Created on 19 Mar 2004 and last revised on 4 Jan 2006