Monday, October 19, 2009

Pursuing DAR Membership

Last week was focused on our annual event at work so there was no time for writing or even transcriptions. I did however make time to attend my first DAR meeting a week ago today.

There is a local chapter in the city nearest me so it was convenient and they were a very welcoming group. They had a program on beginning genealogy which didn't really help me but was a good. Only a few members of the group spend much time researching online and none of the ones I talked to had ever heard of genealogy blogs, so I have something to offer them ;-)

The registrar looked over the worksheets I'd filled out and we talked about the ancestors I could use for membership. I had thought to use them all, or at least the three that other members of the family have used plus one more that I think I can get the paperwork together for fairly easily. It turns out that I have to make a separate application for each Patriot ancestor. I have no problem doing the paperwork that that would entail but the cost is prohibitive, so for now I have to pick just one.

I have found the DAR number of my great-grandaunt, Arabella Carlisle Osborn so I could probably file a short form based on her membership. Mom is certain that my great-aunt, Tamerson Carlisle Binns was a member and I could request a search for her application.

The registrar suggests that I use the ancestor that neither of my aunts could have used and at some later point add my other ancestors. I have filled out a request through the Patriot Index lookup service to see if anyone else has already registered this ancestor. I'm an inclined to go this way because in my mind I'd like to think that Sarah Ann would be tickled that I used her grandfather for my application rather than the more famous (or infamous) Carlisle ancestor. It's funny how close to Sarah Ann I sometimes feel because of her letters.

Here are the four ancestors I will be focusing on over the next couple of weeks to see what records I have and what I'd need. I hope to have all the records I need by the next monthly meeting.

Captain Daniel Carlisle (1738 - 1794)

Henry Glover (1732 - 1800)

William Hall (1740 - 1822)

Anthony Badgley (1750 - 1829)


Thomas MacEntee said...

Thanks Apple for your insights on the DAR process. I've often thought of pursuing my SAR application and your story has given me a push in the right direction.

Sheri Fenley said...

Hi Apple,

I sent you an email regarding these men. Please let me know if you get it.

Sheri Fenley

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Hi Apple,

I'm so glad to hear that your first DAR meeting went well! I hope that the registrar is able to help you complete your application quickly.

I'm guessing that Sheri has already answered your questions, but please keep in mind that I'm also available for help if you need any.


Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Thomas - Good luck with your application!

Sheri and Elizabeth,

You can both expect to hear from me as this may turn out to be harder than I thought it would be!

Shari - Thanks for the look-ups you did. I plan to go with Anthony Badgley for right now.