account structure for member dues in group

Can you point me to information about setting up the accounting structure for receiving and tracking membership annual dues. If possible I'd like to identify each payment with the member's name in a
searchable way.
I have been using 'cash sales' and putting the funds in a subaccount for the banking. But I don't know the best way to have it as a customer (name) or (dues with a job as name).
I'm OK to redo the transactions to date to make the information clear: - How much has been collected during a time period - Who paid their dues - What year the dues was for.
Thank you in advance
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You're probably going to find that setting up each member as a customer is going to suit your needs best. Then invoice for the dues and maybe other fees, record the payments, and the history is going to be there, along with your member/customer contact info, etc.
If the dues are fixed, set up a recurring charge is easy.
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Paul Thomas, CPA
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Thank you so much for your guidance. Makes sense to me.
Bob Green Treasurer, San Jose-Okayama Sister City Organization
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