Introduction to the Genie Clips

Written by: Clare Marshall, DAR Staff Genealogist & Team Leader
November 6, 2019

It’s exciting to share that the Genealogy Department has created a series of short reference videos to aid in the preparation and submission of DAR Applications and Supplementals. These video clips are only 3-5 minutes long and cover a wide variety of topics. The goal is to provide information on how to resolve common issues that arise, as well as to clarify certain policies and procedures regarding the Application verification process. You may view the Genie Clips here:

There’s sometimes a great deal of information that we’re trying to impart about a subject, and so some have been broken into two parts. If you are viewing a two-part video, we strongly encourage you to watch both parts.

The Genie Clips are currently organized into the following categories:

  • Analyses:
    • How to use the Form
    • What not to do
  • Application Pages:
    • Filling out Page 1 of a DAR Application, Parts 1 & 2
    • Filling out Page 2 of a DAR Application
    • Filling out Page 3 of a DAR Application
    • Filling out Page 4 of a DAR Application, Parts 1 & 2
  • Genealogical Research System (GRS)
    • How to use the GRS, Parts 1 & 2
  • Lineage Through the Female Line             
    • Establishing the Lineage Through the Female Line, Parts 1 & 2
  • Published Histories
    • Evaluating Published Histories, Parts 1 & 2
    • Examples of an Acceptable Family Genealogy
  • Revolutionary War Service          
    • Residence During the Revolutionary War
    • Revolutionary War Service, Parts 1 & 2
    • Common Problems with Revolutionary Service, Part 1
    • Problems with Revolutionary Service: British Occupied & Neutral Territories
  • How To:
    • How to use Build-an-App
    • How to Search the Genealogy Guidelines: Finding What You Need
    • How to: The AIR Letter
    • How to: Using Older Papers for Lineage

These videos are produced at a high level, so we can’t go as in depth as we would all like. But if you need more information, we strongly encourage you to review the Genealogy Guidelines, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, available on the members’ website in the Genealogy section. We also encourage members and applicants alike to check out the training available via our Genealogical Education Program (GEP). For more information on the GEP, please visit

Our goal is to not only help answer your questions but to also help you submit Applications that are ready for review and approval here at DAR Headquarters. Well-prepared Applications are the most effective way to help us welcome new women to Today’s DAR in the most expeditious way possible. Thank you for all that you do to encourage membership in our Society. The Genealogy Department is proud to be staffed by professionals who are ready to review and approve them!

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