Daughters of the American Revolution: The Genealogy Connection

In December 2016, I published this blog which introduced you to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) organization.

This blog will discuss the DAR’s involvement with genealogy and how it can be a beneficial resource for you when you are conducting your own family history research.

The DAR and Genealogy

The DAR is involved in genealogy for a various number of reasons. The main reason being is that if you want to become a member, you have to prove your lineage back to a person who participated in the American Revolution.

To help you with the application process, the DAR website offers a genealogy research database to assist you with your research.

This database is populated by records indexed from the American Revolution as well as completed research from DAR members.

As a matter of fact, if you believe that a specific ancestor participated in the American Revolution, this person might already be in the database.  An ancestor or relative could’ve used this person when proving their own lineage when they applied to become a member of the DAR.

Maybe you are not preparing to become a member of the DAR but are still searching for information on someone who participated in the American Revolution? That’s okay! You can still use their database for research. The DAR just asks that the information that you collect from their database is not published on other sites.

DAR Library and Genealogical Research System

The staff of the DAR’s Office of the Registrar General created and maintains this easy-to-use database research tool which contains information on those who served in the American Revolution. The Genealogical Research System can be found here and accessed without paying a fee.

Information on a person can vary but typically involves the following;

  • Rank
  • Birth/death dates
  • Pension number
  • Spouse
  • Descendant list

New records and information are added to this database on a daily basis.

If you require additional information that you believe may not be accessible in the database, the DAR does offer a list of additional resources that are used by their members. This recommended list of resources can be found here.

Who Do You Think You Are?

The DAR Library and Genealogical Research System will be featured on the April 27th episode of “Who Do You Think You Are“. Be sure to set your DVR so you don’t miss this episode.

About the DAR

The DAR is a non-profit organization that was established in 1890 and aims to educate, preserve history and celebrate patriotism.

The women in this organization are confirmed descendants of an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution (1765-1783).

This blog is the second installment of a three-part series.