How much does an annual membership cost?
Is my membership tax deductable?
The LFGA is a non-profit organization, but it is not a charity or foundation. If you own a business or deduct the cost of a home office when you file your income taxes, you may want to check with your accountant to see if your membership dues can be deducted as a business expense. However, the LFGA does not provide 1099 tax statements to its members.
What is the annual membership period?
Begins: July 1
Ends: June 30 (of the following year)
New memberships and late renewals are not pro-rated
Regardless of what date a member’s dues are paid, they cover the membership through June 30, at which point the member’s dues for the following year (that begins on July 1) are due. The only exception is for new members who pay for their dues during the month of June. In this case, we apply their membership dues toward the next year's membership period.
What if my membership has lapsed?
Assuming that the renewal notices are sent out on time, membership renewal dues should be paid by September 1 of each year. Members who choose not to renew shall be removed from the membership roll and current mailing and emailing lists. When they re-apply for membership, they are reinstated in the membership roll and on our mailing/emailing lists.
Do I have to prove I’m a Lay before becoming a member?
No! Membership is open to anyone who is interested and who will support the values of the LFGA. If you are a descendant of a Lay and have some family history documentation, we ask you to submit your pedigree and family sheets, with sources, to the LFGA when you submit your membership application (or shortly thereafter). Why? The documentation allows us to add you to the list of members/contacts for the appropriate branch of the LFGA family (what we call our “Lay Lines”). This will assist you and other members in finding Lay researchers who can help each other.
HOW DO I RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP OR APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP ONLINE?
It's a 2-step process:
1. Complete the membership form below and submit it. As soon as you click on the 'Submit' button, it will take you to step 2.
2. Make your payment using PayPal - which involves no fees for you. Don't be confused by the word 'Donate.' PayPal requires that we use the Donate button when the amount(s) being paid varies. The word Donate does not mean that you are making a 'donation' (unless you care to make a donation); it simply means that you will specify the amount you will be paying.
Note: If you submit your completed membership form online but are unable to complete the payment online (using PayPal), the LFGA will send you a statement so you can make your payment by check.