For those of us who prepare, submit or review member applications and supplementals, the GRS is an indispensable tool that we use on a regular basis. For those of you who may not be as familiar with the Genealogical Research System or GRS for short, it is a portal to a number of different DAR digitized databases created and maintained by DAR. Three of these databases are the Ancestor Database, the Member Database and the Descendants Database. Technology links these databases together through the Ancestor Number of each ancestor and the National Number of each woman who has joined the DAR. Through these databases we can search transcribed data from each of the 1.5 million approved
I would like to tell you a story, partially recorded in silk and wool threads stitched long ago.
In 2007 the DAR Museum purchased a rare Iowa sampler – rare because samplers made west of the Mississippi seldom appear on the market. The accompanying packet of information from Amy Finkel, Philadelphia antique dealer, has taken me down different paths of research. Much remains to be explored in the context of both American women’s history and educational history. The research has lead me to learn much about Susannah, the woman who created the sampler.
Susannah McClure, the daughter of William and Cynthia Evans McClure, was born March 9, 1840
Today is National Aviation Day, a national observation that celebrates the development of aviation! Established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday, this day encourages us to celebrate the achievements made by both men and women in the field of aviation. For our inaugural Tales from the Archives blog, we would like to honor one particular aviatrix, Amelia Earhart, who spoke on the “Development of Aviation” at DAR’s 42nd Continental Congress.
Amelia Earhart, while not a DAR member herself, was invited by the DAR to give an address in 1933, four years before her untimely death. Earhart graciously accepted the invitation and gave an