During Fort Wayne Ancestry Day's Ask the Experts Panel, we received so many questions that we were unable to answer them all during the event. The following are questions asked and The Genealogy Center staff's responses.
What info can I get from an SAR application?
A Sons of the American Revolution application, like many lineage society applications, provide the applicant’s name and current address, his children, lineage back to the Revolutionary War ancestor and that ancestor’s service, and who is sponsoring the applicant to become a member of what chapter.
I need to find information on men who fought in the Revolutionary War for DAR.
Most states have books that include lists of men who fought from that area in the American Revolution. Revolutionary War soldiers’ and widows’ pensions are available on microfilm and are digitized on the subscription database Footnote.com. In addition, there are unit histories for many units, books listing the burial places of Revolutionary War soldiers, websites, and the various record book series published by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, including the Patriot Index and the DAR Lineage Books. The DAR website has many helpful features. If you don’t know how to begin researching your Revolutionary War soldier, or if you are stuck, you might contact your local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for personal assistance.
As a member of the DAR, I’m always looking for more info to connect my ancestors, male and female, to the Revolutionary effort. What are some of the best ways to research non-military support to the Patriot effort?
Michael John Neill addresses this question in an article on the Genealogy.com website. You also could use keywords in your general browser to find more information. To find additional articles or record abstracts that may have been published on this topic, search the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI), a subject index to periodicals published by genealogy and local history societies. PERSI is available at HeritageQuestOnline.com.