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Weekly Tip: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Library

While many genealogists are familiar with the genealogical holdings of institutions like the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah or the Allen County Public Library, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, fewer may be aware of the rich resources available through The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Library.  While originally founded in 1896 to be used as a resource by staff to verify genealogies submitted by potential members, since 1900 the Library has been open to the general public wanting to learn more about their Revolutionary ancestor in America.

While a researcher would need to travel to Washington D.C. to benefit from all that the library has to offer, some of their information is now available online through their website.

Through their Online Research section you can utilize The DAR Genealogical Research System. According to the Website this System, “is a combination of several databases created in recent years to organize the large quantity of information that the DAR has collected since its inception in 1890.”

Information included in this database is of Revolutionary Patriots whose “service and identity have been established by NSDAR.”  So this will not be a complete list of patriots but it is a good starting point for your research.  After conducting a search on a patriot’s name you may find such information as the patriot’s date of birth, “name of spouse/s, residence during the revolution, rank and type of service, and the state where the patriot served.” You will also see the DAR membership numbers of women who have joined DAR using information from that patriot. You may also see an indication that supporting documents or a descendent list is available.

If you are having difficulty using or understanding the database, don’t hesitate to check out the help section.  This provides detailed answers about the database and what information it provides.

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Join us for a pre-conference event at the  Midwest Family History Expo in Kansas City, Missouri with a tour of LDS History sites on July 29, 8:30 am to 4:30pm. Stops include:

  • The Mormon Church in Independence Missouri’s newly remodeled center honoring the past and the present, with exhibits depicting experiences of Mormon settlers in Missouri between 1831 and 1839.
  • Located within walking distance of the Mormon Church is the Community of Christ Temple.  Guided by Temple docents, you will tour the Temple Museum and view artifacts including the Liberty Jail Door and an original portrait of Joseph Smith.
  • Liberty Jail.  You will experience the basement jail where Joseph Smith and his followers were held, feel the cold, dark surroundings, see the straw covered flooring serving as their bed and note the small slits in the walls that served as windows.
  • Gourmet box lunches with sandwiches, fruit, chips, cookies and cold beverages will be provided.
  • Far West and the Haun’s Mill massacre site are next on our tour.
  • Deseret Book Store
  • Adam-ondi-Ahman is located at the bend in the Grand River in northern Missouri and at 124 feet above Grand River, is the highest elevation of Spring Hill.

Our tour guide will be Glen Rawson. He can be reached at 801-829-3295. Sign up for this tour here.  Cost of this 8 hour tour is $65.00 per person. Hurry!  Seats are limited and this tour is filling up fast.

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