I happened to read the Eastman Online Genealogy newletter yesterday morning (on the Fourth of July, in the U.S.) as I was drinking my first cup of coffee and one of the articles was about finding your Revolutionary War patriots and reminded me of the DAR online site. So, since Judy and I are talking about a trip to Wachington DC this fall, I thought I would start a list.
I spent all of the morning and much of the afternoon down this rabbit hole, but it occurred to me that it was at least an appropriate activity for the Fourth of July. And I did work on getting the laundry done around my searching. Since both got done by the end of the afternoon, I feel like it was a productive day!
I already have (somewhere) the DAR application from my collateral ancestor, Alberta Minor Flint. In addition, I have known for quite a long time that my ancestor Oliver Snow, was a Patriot, although I don’t think I have any DAR papers from his line. These two possibilities are on my mother’s side of the family. I also thought there were Revolutionary War soldiers on my father’s side of the family tree, so it made sense to get organized and look at every possible man (by date of birth) in my direct ancestor line. I started looking at every man born 1760 or earlier, in the colonies or having migrated in before the end of the War.
I created a note in a new Evernote notebook for the trip to Washington, and using the checkboxes created a list of names and DAR Ancestor numbers. I have one more part of the tree on my mother’s side to explore and all of my father’s (I think) is done.
Next I will post about who is on my Patriots list and research what the information will allow me to discover onsite at the DAR Library this Fall. Since requesting the file online costs between $20-30, I’m excited about possibly being able to look at and copy these files for myself!