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Subject: DAR records
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 1999 04:11:48 EDT
I am new the the Roots-L, so I am unfamiliar with the genealogy e-mail list
re DAR records you write about.
However, the old fashioned snail mail works just fine. Write to the DAR ,
Office of the Registrar General, Record Information Department, 1776 D
Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-5392.
It costs $5 per name to get a copy of the application submitted on your
Revolutionary war ancestor. You need to know at the minimum, the ancestor's
full name and state served. They also ask for DOB, DOD, Name of wife/wives,
state from which he served/resided during Revolution, Name of Child thru whom
descent is claimed. If you don't know all this information, at least provide
the information which is known about the individual.
In addition, you can get a DAR member's application. This application (is
probably) the same record as the request for record copy) It asks for the
member's name, NSDAR National Number, whether living or dead and the
Revolutionary war ancestor. At a minimum, if you know the DAR member's name,
NSDAR National Number and the Revolutionary War ancestor, you will get the
You can write and ask them how many applications they have in their records
for the named individual you are looking for. They will respond with how
many applications they have and probably send you a form to fill out and
Make sure, above all else, that you provide them with your name and address
so they know where to send the copy.
I wrote about Adam Perry from New Jersey, no other info. They wrote back and
said they had 4 and indicated that two of the applications were on the same
individual. They provided me with a form (Request Form Copy of Ancestor
and/or Member's Application) to complete and it costs $5 per record. They
actually wanted a separate form for each, but I wrote a cover letter and
indicated that I wanted all 4 records, enclosed $20 and only sent them the
one form. Of course, if you have multiple individuals with different names,
a separate form would be needed.
You can also look for your ancestor in the DAR Lineage Books or the DAR
Patriot books. They are a series (about 69 volumes with some supplemental
indexes). You can find them in most genealogy libraries around the country
and perhaps even your local public library if they have a genealogy section.
I do have a caveat to using the information from the old applications. In
the past, the DAR did not require proof for submitting for membership. Today
they do. So, if you do get a copy, retrace the facts which are presented as
there are known errors and the actual lineage may not be accurate.
I hope this helps you. I have not tried e-mailing the DAR. This form is to
be mailed and it takes 4-6 weeks for processing. I really doubt they would
take e-mail since you need to send $$$ before they send anything at any time.
They are a cash business (checks, MO). As far as I can tell, they don't
accept credit cards. Even the form asks for checks.
For further information, why not contact the DAR directly??