Guest Blog: Learning more about the DAR Genealogy Preservation Committee

Written by: Linda Sandlin, National Chair Genealogy Preservation Committee
February 20, 2014

Would you like to support a very valuable DAR project without venturing out of your house? You wouldn’t need to get dressed up, and you would be able to help this effort in your leisure time – morning, noon or night. All you need is a computer and access to the internet. One such project is available through the DAR Genealogy Preservation Committee.

In 2003, the DAR Genealogy Preservation Committee was established with the goal to index DAR genealogical, organizational, and membership information into computerized searchable databases. This work will assist in preserving these valuable records for posterity, while also significantly enhancing the application approval and membership record retrieval processes.

Over the years there have been various projects through this committee for volunteers to support. The Descendants Project was a recent project. The Descendants tab on the DAR Genealogical Research System is the end result. This database is a valuable tool which is being used to assist in the completion of applications.  Also, the ability to ‘build-an-app’ is a result of the project. The Descendants Project was finalized on July 30, 2011. Since that time a core set of volunteers continue processing new applications and supplementals and will soon complete processing those submitted through June 2013.

The Supporting Documentation Project, the current project of this committee, began September 17, 2011. There are more than 6 million supporting documents that have been submitted to prove lineage or service on our applications. Prior to this project each document was just a scanned “image” associated with each member’s application.

This project changes that by categorizing these documents so that searching for specific information is accomplished more quickly. Through the project portion in e-Membership, a set of documents is assigned to a volunteer to categorize by primary and secondary categories, such as, birth certificates, wills, deeds, cemetery records, etc.

From July 1 through December 31, 2013, volunteers have completed the processing of 390,805 documents! Volunteers who possess the ability to read handwriting, especially cursive, is very beneficial as the documents span over two centuries.

The results of this project are currently available to the Genealogy Department staff and the researchers in Seimes Technology Center.

We know it is not all about the pins, however, by working on the project, volunteers will be eligible for the DAR Genealogy Preservation pin. Details are on the committee site.    

Visit the committee site of DAR Genealogy Preservation for more information and to access available resources:

·         Archived webinar DAR in Curlers & PJs

·         Q&A video

·         Instructions

·         Terminology Tips

After reviewing this information, email us at to get started. We are looking forward to working with you.

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