The Daughters of the American Revolution, a 119-year-old lineage society for women descended from patriots of the American Revolution, has added its Genealogical Research System to its public website.
The system, which is free to search, includes several genealogical databases:
- The Genealogical Records Committee National Index (also called the GRC Index) was already on the site, but if youve used it before, it has a different interface as part of the Research System. It indexes 20,000 volumes of transcribed gravestones, family Bibles and other records (and not just from the Revolution era) DAR members have collected.
- The Ancestor Database of ancestral data from applications of DAR members (who must prove their descent from a Patriot).
- A Member search, which lets you enter a deceased DAR member’s number for limited information on her ancestors.
- The Descendants index, still under construction, lets you search for names in generations between the DAR member and the Revolutionary War ancestor. It includes much 18th and 19th-century information.
Start searching here (click Enter Site).
Each database has a separate search. Try alternate spellings, as the search doesnt automatically find them. It does find partial names, though: If you search on Mary Smith, for example, youd also get entries for Maryann Smith and Mary Smithson.
Depending on the database you search, you may be able to click to the resources listing in the DARs online library catalog, or to see basic information (name, birth and death dates, parents and childrens names) about an ancestor named in a DAR application.
The Family History Library has microfilm copies of some DAR materials; search its online catalog to see if it has the title you need. Then you can rent it by visiting a branch Family History Center near you.
The DAR takes requests for photocopies by fax or postal mail (not e-mail); see the Search Services page for more information.