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Subject: [chat - ilgenweb;3230] DAR Announcement
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 18:27:28 -0600
From: Cheryl Rothwell <historysleuth(a)gmail.com>
After nearly a decade of scanning, indexing, and other
behind-the-scenes work by DAR members and employees, the Daughters
of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the availability
of the DAR Genealogical Research System on our public website. Here
are the direct links:
(and click on the Library button at the
top, then the second tab in the left-hand column).
The GRS is a growing collection of databases that provide access to
many materials collected by the DAR over the past 119 years.
Included in this collection of databases is the GRC National Index
which has been available to researchers for the past few years.
There are still some kinks we’re working out here and there.
When you go to the link above, you will find several tabs that will
enable searching in the various databases:
Ancestor – established DAR Revolutionary War Ancestors and basic
information about them with listings of the applications
submitted by descendants who joined the DAR [updated daily]
Member – limited access to information on deceased/former DAR
members – not current members.
Descendants – index of generations in applications between the
DAR member and the Revolutionary War ancestor. There is much
eighteenth and nineteenth-century information here. [ongoing
GRC – everyname index to 20,000 typescript volumes (some still
being indexed) of genealogical records such as cemeteries,
Bibles, etc. This index is not limited to the period of the
American Revolution at all.
Resources [In particular, the digitized DAR Library
Revolutionary Pension Extract Card Index and the Analytical
Other information sources will be coming in the near future,
mostly relating to Revolutionary War service,
bibliographies, Forgotten Patriots (updates), etc. Read the
introductions to these to learn why these are both important
genealogical indexes. For example, the Rev. War pension
index includes the names of people mentioned in those
pensions that were abstracted (not just the pensioner or
Library Catalog – our book, periodical, and manuscript holdings
Each of these has interrelated content, and a description of each is
given more fully on the website. You will notice restricted
information in many search results. This is the result of a
concerted effort to protect the identity of our members while
providing historical genealogical information to researchers.
The national numbers of members (without the names of living
members) given in the search results are needed to order copies of
applications and supplemental applications. They do not lead online
researchers to any other information about the member.
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