I’ve decided to join the DAR. I’ve thought about this for awhile and finally decided to go forward for a variety of reasons.
- Identifying Revolutionary War patriots is one of the things that originally got me interested in genealogy.
- Obtaining access to the DAR genealogy files.
- Completing the rigorous application process will be a test of my research skills. I’ll also see exactly what is required; I’d like to establish proofs of the same standard to each of my patriot ancestors (which currently number 12).
Number three is a key reason. I coud join on my great-aunt’s application and use the short form. However, my current plan is to join on the service of Captain Thomas Hemphill, which means I have to establish proof of births, deaths, marriages, and connect each of the generations from me to him. I have quite a few proof documents already.
I contacted the local chapter this week and heard from two members, including the registrar yesterday. They were very nice and seem eager to help me through the application process.