A few years back I met with a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to see what the process was for joining and what I would need in form of proof to become a member. We went through my patriots line and I was told that I needed to provide documentation on every birth, marriage and death that I could. That was understandable, but some of the documents were unlikely that I would be able to uncover. I walked away excited and discouraged all at once. I sent in the first few documents and let things fall between the cracks. Then I stopped hearing from my contact.
About two weeks ago, I was attending the DuPage County Genealogical Society’s conference to assist with the Illinois State Genealogical Societies table in the vendor hall. It truly proved to be a great day, just hanging out in the vendor hall and talking about something I am so passionate about, genealogy!
I spoke with a local ethnic society who is interested in having my speak next year. YES!
I spoke with CAGGNI, which meets in Schaumburg about how they could pull in a younger demographic (they are looking for my age and younger). YES!! I love that they felt I was approachable enough to speak with about this. To be honest I have been wanting to get to one of their meetings anyway. I hope to visit one of their meetings in the near future.
But, most importantly, I spoke with the DAR again! Yes, I took the time to have them look up my patriot and remind me where I needed to prove my line to. The lady was kind enough to take my information (and even my ancestry tree information) and go through it at home to see what all I would need to finish up my application.
The very next day, I received and email telling me that I should just need to furnish them with a copy of mine and my parents birth certificates, my parents marriage certificate and my grandfather’s death certificate. Not to bad, right?
Well, let me tell you another story. I have grandfather’s death certificate, somewhere! Of course, now that I need it I cannot find it. My mom and to find her copy; she scanned it and emailed it to me. But, the hardest of all these to get was going to be my parents marriage certificate. At least I thought it would be. Thank goodness for Facebook friends being all over the world. I reached out to one that was in the area and she had the certificate for me within two days! I was super excited.
I have sent everything into the wonderful lady from the DAR who is currently going through it and she will be putting together my application. Hopefully, within the next few months my application will be reviewed and I will become a member of the DAR.
Keep your fingers crossed that everything goes well for me.