The goal of the GRS is to make it easier for you to order a “record copy” of an application submitted for DAR membership. These applications contain the documentation necessary to prove a genealogical connection, generation by generation, back to a “patriot ancestor” who fought in the Revolutionary War or otherwise served the cause of independence. From these copies, you can learn not only about your patriot ancestor but also about other ancestors you and the DAR member have in common.
6. Select the family tree icon on a Descendants page to go back to the lineage submitted by a DAR member. If the applicant used a “short form”—piggybacking her application on a previously accepted lineage—only a generation or two may be listed. For full applications, however, the lineages can be extensive. Hover over the magnifying-glass icon, and you can search for similar listings with one click.
For more research clues, try the GRC tab to search an every-name index of the Genealogical Research Committee books in the DAR Library; about 20 percent have been indexed to date, more than 20 million names. Or select the Library Catalog tab to search the entire catalog; entries here are cross-linked to the GRC database.