Have You Taken the Genealogical Education Program Classes?

Written by: Clare Marshall, DAR Staff Genealogist & Team Leader
December 13, 2018

The updated versions of the Genealogical Education Program (GEP) have been released! The GEP is comprised of three courses: Course 1 – Introduction to Genealogy Research for DAR Applications; Course 2 – Applying Genealogy Research Techniques to DAR Applications; and Course 3 – Advanced Techniques for Resolving Problems with Lineage or Service on DAR Records.

Due to consistently rising numbers of new member applications and supplemental applications received by the Office of the Registrar General, the need for well-prepared, well-documented, and correctly submitted applications is of great importance. The goal of the GEP is to equip individuals with the skills to prepare applications and supplemental applications that can be verified as quickly and efficiently as possible by the staff of the Office of the Registrar General while still meeting the DAR’s current genealogical standards.

The first course is designed to provide you with an introduction to the genealogical research concepts and terminology that are used by the Staff of the Office of the Registrar General with an emphasis on locating, identifying, and evaluating genealogical documentation.

The goal of the second course seeks to provide you with the skills needed to analyze the lineage documentation that you have collected, identify acceptable types and sources of Revolutionary War service, and prepare the application and the documentation according to current DAR Procedures for the submission of applications and supplemental applications.

The aim of the third course is to provide you with the knowledge of alternate sources of information, methods for analyzing indirect evidence, and the information necessary to resolve complex lineage and service issues that may hinder the verification of an application or supplemental application.

If you have not yet taken the GEP courses we encourage you to sign up! The courses consist of lessons, handouts, transcripts, question and answer forums, a written assignment, and quizzes. Each course is self-paced. Once you have enrolled in the course, you will have 90 days to successfully complete all of the lessons and quizzes in that course. The courses are fun and you will certainly learn a lot!

For more information regarding the lessons within each course, the course payment, and how to register, please visit the GEP webpage on the member’s website at www.dar.org/GEP. For any GEP related questions, please contact the online classes inbox at onlineclasses@dar.org

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