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.