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Daughters of the American Revolution

Last night on my favorite TV show, Gilmore Girls, Rory Gilmore gets offered a job working for the DAR. Rory is now living with her grandmother, Emily, since she got in a fight with her mother, Lorelai. Emily had a DAR meeting at her house and invited Rory to come and chat with the women and they offered her a secretarial type job at their office. The only catch is that Rory has to join the organization in order to work for them. She looked a bit hesitant about this, for what 20 year old girl is interested in a genealogical/service organization?


But according to a recent article in the Sun Sentinel South Florida News, DAR members are getting younger. This article, written by Jennifer Shapiro, talks about how a lot of school teachers are joining the DAR. This is allowing younger members into the organization who are as dedicated to education as the DAR is. "The DAR, founded in 1890, is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children." (description from the DAR website)

The Daughters of the American Revolution are also dedicated to genealogy research. In a recent article in the Provo Daily Herald, LaRae Free Kerr writes about A Few of Genealogists' Favorite Things. Kerr lists 11 favorite websites used by professional genealogists, very similar to a list I posted on June 21, 2005. Then at the end of her article she writes about a new database released by the DAR. The database is the "National Index to the Genealogical Records Committee Reports." These records include tombstone, cemetery, marriage, church, military, county, probate, passenger lists, and tax records. I searched the Genealogical Records Committee free index today and have already found some information for my ancestors. It does cost money (a small fee according to them - but it seems a bit expensive to charge $10 for 10 copies) to order copies from the DAR library, and it's more expensive for those of us who aren't members ($15 for 10 copies). I guess this is to help motivate us get to work on our genealogy and find a relative who took part in the American Revolution so we can become members.

To see the requirements to become a member of the DAR click here.


I don't know if I would want to join the DAR if I can to associate with Emily Gilmore and her snooty friends.

Emily Gilmore is snooty, but I'm sure all the members of the DAR aren't like that.

Emily Gilmore is way too snooty and her friends are probably just as bad!!! What are you people talking about...the whole thing is crazy! Rory should move back with Lorelai!

I agree. I'm glad Rory has finally gotten her life back on track and is back at Yale.

lorelay sei semore più bella mi piaci molto rimani sempre così a volte però sei brutta

i love the serie and rory is a lovely girl remember this !!!!!b and i agree im glad rory has her life back. shee is wonderful i cant not say haw mutch i love he so mutch!!!!!!!!

Just an FYI history lesson:

In 1939, The DAR barred an African American opera singer Marian Anderson from singing at Constitution Hall so she had to sing at the steps of Lincoln Memorial instead. Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the organization over this.

Many people join b/c its one of the last all white clubs for women.

You are right "someone." Here is some additional history from wikipedia.

"Although the DAR now forbids discrimination in membership based on race or creed, some members held segregationist views when this was still public policy in the United States. In 1932 the DAR adopted a rule excluding African-American artists from the stage at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., built in 1929 by the DAR, following protests over "mixed seating"; blacks and whites seated together at concerts of black artists. In 1936, Sol Hurok, manager of African-American contralto Marian Anderson since 1935, attempted to book Anderson at Constitution Hall. Due to the "white performers only" policy, the booking was refused. Instead, Anderson performed at a Washington area black high school, and was also invited by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to perform for her and President Roosevelt. Eleanor had publicly resigned from the DAR when she heard that Marian Anderson was banned. ...

Later, the DAR apologized and welcomed Ms. Anderson to Constitution Hall on a number of occasions soon after 1939, including a benefit concert for war relief in 1942. Ms. Anderson chose Constitution Hall as the place where she would launch her farewell American tour in 1964. On January 27, 2005, the DAR co-hosted the first day of issue dedication ceremony of the Marian Anderson commemorative stamp with the U.S. Postal Service and Ms. Anderson's family.

The DAR is a wonderful organization that does a lot for their communities including scholarships for children.

Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death.

Admission to membership in the NSDAR is either by invitation through a Chapter in your State Organization (or Unit Overseas). No Chapter may discriminate against an applicant on the basis of race or creed.

Acceptable Service
The National Society reserves the right to determine the acceptability of all service and proof thereof. The National Society accepts service, with some exceptions, for the period between 19 April 1775 (Battle of Lexington) and 26 November 1783 (withdrawal of British Troops from New York) as follows:

Signers of the Declaration of Independence
Military Service, such as participation in:
Army and Navy of the Continental Establishment

State Navy

State and Local Militia


Military or Naval Service performed by French nationals in the American theater of war

Civil Service, under authority of Provisional or new State Governments:
State Officials

County and Town Officials (Town Clerk, Selectman, Juror, Town Treasurer, Judge, Sheriff, Constable, Jailer, Surveyor of Highways, Justice of the Peace, etc.)

Patriotic Service, which includes:
Members of the Continental Congress, State Conventions, and Assemblies

Membership in committees made necessary by the War, including service on committees which furthered the cause of the Colonies from April 1774, such as Committees of Correspondence, Inspection, and Safety, committees to care for soldier's families, etc.

Signer of Oath of Fidelity and Support, Oath of Allegiance, etc.

Members of the Boston Tea Party

Defenders of Forts and Frontiers, and Signers of petitions addressed to and recognizing the authority of the Provisional and new State Governments

Doctors, nurses, and others rendering aid to the wounded (other than their immediate families)

Ministers who gave patriotic sermons and encouraged patriotic activity

Furnishing a substitute for military service

Prisoners of war or refugees from occupying forces

Prisoners on the British ship Old Jersey or other prison ships

Service in the Spanish Troops under Galvez or the Louisiana Militia after 24 December 1776

Service performed by French nationals within the colonies or in Europe in support of the American cause

Those who rendered material aid, in Spanish America, by supplying cattle for Galvez's forces after 24 December 1776

Those who applied in Virginia for Certificates of Rights to land for settlement and those who were entitled to and were granted preemption rights

Those who took the Oath of Fidelity to the Commonwealth of Virginia from October 1779 to 26 November 1783

Those who rendered material aid such as furnishing supplies with or without remuneration, lending money to the Colonies, munitions makers, gunsmiths, etc.


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