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From: "Jane Slattery" <>
Subject: [GM-L] Why DAR
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2003 12:45:20 -0500
I recently joined my local chapter, Betty Allen, and had a wonderful experience.
I went to the DAR website to search for my RW ancestor and he wasn't listed so I filled out the form. I heard back the next day from not only the National Office (ancestor had not been "proved" as a RW veteran) but also the state president and 3 of the members of the local chapter. At the first meeting, the ladies (in the classical sense) were very warm and gracious.
Filling out the form showed me where some of the documentary holes were in my research.
Doing that research led me to more info about the entire family line from my ancestor.
Posting to message boards for help filling the holes has located cousins I never knew I had.
I've "proved" an RW veteran so future researchers can now find him + the documentation more easily.
The DAR supports educational programs in the local schools. It supports the local VA medical centers. It gives out scholarships for local students based on a writing contest. The meetings usually have an educational segment for that chapter. It is multi-generational so you'll learn about people and events in your community/area that you never knew existed.
The longest part of the process was waiting for the National Office to send the certificate but I assume it took so long because my ancestor had not been proved and they needed to check the documentation.
Join the DAR. If you don't enjoy the experience, don't renew your dues next year. What do you have to lose?