The Lineage Research Committee

Written by: Morgan Elliott, National Chair, Lineage Research Committee
February 26, 2018

Remember how excited you were as you were about to become a new member of our Society?  As prospective members discover their ancestors and anticipate becoming Daughters, a prolonged wait for required evidence for their applications - or a letter requesting additional information – can really discourage them, and you.

In 1961, the DAR Continental Congress authorized the Lineage Research Committee to assist prospective members with research required to complete their applications for membership.  We are your research assistants.  Your fellow Daughters who are members of the Lineage Research Committee (LRC) at the national, divisional, state, and chapter levels stand ready to help you find the evidence you need to answer the two real questions in genealogical research:

One is asked to solve IDENTITY:

Who was the John Smith who married Mary Jones in 1802 in Montgomery County, Virginia?” When was he born… when did he die? How do you know?

The other is asked to solve KINSHIP:

“Who was the father of the John Smith who married Mary Jones in 1802 in Montgomery County, Virginia?”  How do you know?

So, do you need help linking a child to a parent in the previous generation?  Are you searching for additional evidence to establish the identity of an individual in a lineage?  Could records you can’t find locally or online help establish which of four wives belongs on that application? 

Start by dropping by our “office” - online!  Our national committee website should be your first stop when you need help.  Begin with our Research Resources tab, where you’ll find research aids you can download and print, including the DAR Genealogy Guidelines, and guides for compiling an analysis, documenting recent generations, establishing service, and using DNA evidence for DAR applications.  You’ll also find templates, examples, research tips, webinars, and links to research sites you may not yet have tried.

Go to our Lineage Research Lookup Board, and post a request for boots‐on‐the‐ground

assistance with a specific research question you need to answer. Less than five percent of genealogical records are online. Our state and divisional chairs and other volunteers monitor this board daily ready to help you find records from local libraries, courthouses, historical societies, cemeteries… documentation you need like pages from books, family Bible records, probates, deeds, marriage records, militia and tax lists, and photos of tombstones or funeral home records. And maybe that miracle document you desperately need.

Our National Vice Chairs of Specialty Research have extensive expertise in working with lineages that include ancestors of color – including African American or Native American ancestry; French or Spanish ancestry; and lineages in which you need to work with DNA or a paternity test. These Daughters will work with you to research an entire lineage or just one generation.

And someone is ALWAYS around on our Lineage Research, NSDAR Facebook group, ready to help you with an image-access request, or to help you think through a challenge, or just answer a simple question.

I am excited to have some of the wonderful members of the Lineage Research Committee introduce themselves to you via the Lineage Research Blog Series on the Today’s DAR Blog and tell you about their work and how they are available to assist you. We are especially motivated to provide lineage research assistance to help chapters in their efforts to meet our membership goal of 250,000 members in celebration of the upcoming United States Semiquincentennial. We are excited to “meet” you all whether it’s on social media, over email, or at the upcoming 127th Continental Congress!

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