Magna Carta and Genealogy
At the end of the nineteenth century, many Americans took a strong interest in genealogy. Created in 1898, the Baronial Order of Runnemede (now called the Baronial Order of Magna Carta), was the first American genealogical society with a special focus on Magna Carta. Prospective members in the society are required to prove documented descent from one of the twenty-five Magna Carta surety barons, who were designated by Magna Carta to enforce the charter whenever the king failed to uphold its provisions. In addition to this organization, documented descendants are eligible to join the National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons, an association with over 16,000 members.