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# Thursday, November 19, 2009
Search DAR Genealogy Indexes Free Online
Posted by Diane

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 you’ve 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.
Read more about what’s in each database here.

Start searching here (click Enter Site).

Each database has a separate search. Try alternate spellings, as the search doesn’t automatically find them. It does find partial names, though: If you search on Mary Smith, for example, you’d also get entries for Maryann Smith and Mary Smithson.

Depending on the database you search, you may be able to click to the resource’s listing in the DAR’s online library catalog, or to see basic information (name, birth and death dates, parents’ and children’s 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.


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Thursday, November 19, 2009 8:47:56 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [4]
Thursday, November 19, 2009 5:08:42 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
The DAR database seems to be lacking something, like info. I tried to look up my 3rd great grandfather who was a major during the revolution and my grandmother who was a DAR member. Both searches turned up 0 results???
H Lindberg
Friday, November 20, 2009 9:07:13 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hi, there,
First, the DAR database isn't a complete listing of all Revolutionary War soldiers--only those named as ancestors in approved DAR member applications.

Also make sure you're searching the right database. You'd look for your grandmother in the Member search, and you need her member number for that. If your 3rd-great-grandfather was her patriot ancestor, search the Ancestor database for him. You also could search the Descendants database (which, as noted, is still being constructed) for your grandmother's ancestors who link her to her patriot ancestor.

For more help with the DAR databases, see these pages on the DAR site:

Ancestor database search help: http://services.dar.org/Public/DAR_Research/help/?Action=adb&Tab_ID=1&Tab_ID_Sub=1

Description of what’s in each databse at http://dar.org/library/online_research.cfm#member_overview
Diane
Friday, November 20, 2009 7:46:05 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
The Member search, DOES NOT let you enter a deceased DAR member's name for limited information on her ancestors.
John Davis
Monday, November 23, 2009 8:35:21 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I needed to write "number," and I've made that edit. Thank you, John.
Diane
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