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This group is for individuals who are members of the Daughters of the American Revolution or plan to become a member.

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Comment by Barbara Kim Thigpen on February 17, 2014 at 4:08am


Comment by TCallahan on August 22, 2013 at 4:31pm

Maggie, are you absolutely sure there is no will for the father that names the son as an heir? Sometimes parents left the silliest things to their kids, like a rifle or a cow, but it still established a record. Don't throw in the towel yet!


I had a similar situation in that I had a woman who had left home before 1850 and I thought I had no record for her. I found her father's will and it not only had her first name, but also her married name. I could find no marriage record for her until I was given a Creek Indian Wars pension application for her husband which contained the date and county of marriage. It was the only place the information was listed, and the two documents offered the proof I needed.


You may find some unconventional documents that reveal a link as well. Good luck!



Comment by Carole Jean Miller on August 21, 2012 at 1:57pm

I belong to the Sunbury Chapter of DAR, in Winder, GA

Comment by Julia Mitchel on May 31, 2012 at 9:22am

Tyler is correct, the application has to be printed on DAR's approved acid free legal paper that we get from National (Chapter pays for that also). This is the reason to give the Registrar your worksheet so she can reprint it on their approved legal acid free paper.

Also an application has to be signed by the Chapter Regent and the Chapter Registrar and two members, and the best way to get them all together is at a meeting. The Chapter check also has to accompany the Application to National, so our prospectives make out the check to the Chapter and we then send out check.

Our dues are only $45.00 a year, and most Chapters are more than that.

A print out of all your scanned documents is acceptable, just make sure if you reference a published book or Bible, the cover page must be included. If anything is missing the Registrar will ask you for it so it is a good way to make sure you have all the needed documentation.

Each Chapter has their rules but out Chapter requires a prospective to attend two meetings and be voted into membership before we can send in the application, but in the meantime we can be completing the application and securing the documents so they are ready to be sent to National. I believe you have to be voted into membership by all the Chapters.

As far as postage, the last two sets of papers I sent in last month had so much documentation the cost was $24.00 Registered, one had more proofs than the other, but even copying the proofs was $14.00. It was a heavy packet.

Have you been to the Post Office lately, bring your checkbook.

We are not a large Chapter and last meeting in May our coffers were under $100.  We have five new younger prospectives coming this month so lots of work ahead.

The good news is that our Chapters are getting younger as the daughters and friends of members join. We were told that Kentucky got 20 new prospective members last month just from the show Who Do You Think You Are, with Rob Lowe in the DAR library.

We just had a big catered luncheon at our State Headquarters for our Good Citizen and his parents all paid for by the chapter, also gave him a great book History of Kentucky by Thomas D. Clark, State Historian (RIP). Our nice young man is a History Major who received a full scholarship to UK.

Generally I pay all the copy fees and supplies as my contribution to our Chapter. Everyone pitches in and does what they can because we are very proud of DAR.

It sounds like you are doing a great job with your documentation and I hope you enjoy your new Chapter.


Comment by Tyler Hancock on May 30, 2012 at 10:00pm

You can scan and print all your proofs if you like. 

To join the DAR, you need to go 1 of 2 ways--you can join through a local chapter, or you can join as a Member-At-Large. Either way, you will need someone to submit the app to National for you.

If you join as Member-At-Large, then the State Regent will need to sign your application. If you join through a chapter, each one has different bylaws for accepting new members, but generally, the Chapter Regent & Chapter Registrar sign the application.

My chapter does not charge an additional fee for postage, but I know there are many that do.

As for printing out the application, there is specific paper that the DAR requires--legal size, 25% rag content, acid free, etc.

If you need me to connect you with someone or a chapter so you can submit your app, please let me know. I will be more than happy to put you in touch with the right person for your state. I'm one of our State Volunteer Genealogy Chairs, so that's part of my job.


Comment by Myo on May 30, 2012 at 1:50pm

I have been scanning all the documents I can find, so it should be ok to print them out.  I also got an application form from on-line that I have been filling in. Can I print that out and use it to send in or does it have to be on the form the DAR sent me?  If they want to be able to read it - the computer print out is best.

Comment by Julia Mitchel on May 29, 2012 at 3:54pm

Myo, DAR does not require the Original documents, just copies of those documents. Always keep your Originals safe at home, and always keep a copy of what you give to the Registrar, or she can copy them for you. We always keep copies of what we send to National thru the mail, because sometimes mail can get lost.

If we make copies of your documents then we keep them in your file untill you have been approved and return to you any documents we do not use.

As a Registrar I like to send the applications and documents to National (in DC), by Registered mail, or Signature required so there will be a tracking number.

It does get expensive and the applicant is expected to reimburse for the postage, as we are all volunteers. This is at a Chapter's discretion as some Chapters are more well "endowed" than others.

Comment by TCallahan on May 29, 2012 at 2:19pm

The 1850 census is the first place that lists entire families, their ages and their places of birth. Death certificates and wills are also good sources of information.  I had a death certificate for an ancestor who was born in 1847 and died in 1937, which listed his parents, who were born in 1816 and 1819, respectively.

I usually took my copies that I'd ordered from various state and county agencies, as well as the census records from, and my DAR registrar made copies of everything she needed from my stack of documents.  I was never asked to send in an original.

Comment by Myo on May 29, 2012 at 1:57pm

What sources can you use for those middle ancestors, between the patriot and my more recent family that I have some records on.

When submitting do you need original records/certificates or can you use scanned copies?

Comment by Terri Berio on February 5, 2012 at 8:49am

Thank you everyone for your help and advice. I did just find Joshua Odells records on Fold 3! He was listed as Joshua Odle, just like you said Betty, Thanks!


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