Friday, November 9, 2012

I'm a DAR Gal!

It's official. Last week at our DAR meeting I was pinned. I now have a beautiful certificate saying that I'm a member, with a member number, my Revolutionary War ancestor, and a gold DAR pin.


To earn this achievement, I had to provide documentation connecting each generation until I reached the Revolutionary War ancestor. In truth I had to provide 6 generations worth of material, then I was able to hook onto another member's application for our common ancestor. That common ancestor was James Churchwell Luttrell. His parents were William and Elizabeth (Witt) Luttrell. My Revolutionary War ancestor was John Witt, Jr., who was Elizabeth's father.

By just following the Luttrell line and its branches, I have at least 3 supplementals to add. That means I have 3 other Revolutionary War ancestors. This doesn't even take into account my other lines of Gunter, Fry, Brumbaugh, Alderson, and the Whitsett side. I have my work cut out for me.

You may wonder why I want to do this? A simple answer is; preservation. This is just another way for me to publish my family history that is accessible for future generations. Yes, I could (and plan) to write a family history book someday. However, I have no way of telling where that would end up in the future, if it would be accessible to somebody living far away, or even if it will survive time. At the very least the DAR is a repository that will store this information, and a potential descendant will be able to order my application. This application will not only show the connections of each generation, but the evidence I used to make that connection. I think that is pretty cool stuff. 

Time to get busy on those other lines.

13 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your DAR membership! How exciting, and what a rewarding accomplishment to document the details of your patriot. Soon, I hope to be following you and receiving a pin of my own on behalf of my own patriot ancestor.

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    1. Thanks! Good luck to you with your application!

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    1. Cinamon, I just wanted to let you know that this post is listed on today's Fab Finds at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2012/11/follow-fridayfab-finds-for-november-16.html

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  3. From one daughter to another...welcome to the DAR!!

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  4. From yet another daughter to another - DAR is lucky to have you as a member Cinamon! Congratulations!

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  5. Congratulations!
    How exciting! I am still working on mine and (saving up money) being a full time college student doesn't lend itself to this sort of thing. :)

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  6. Congrats to you! Lots of hard work pulling all the necessary paper work. Now to finish helping my friend so she can join.

    DuSyl of DuSyl Family Lore & History

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  7. Wow, congratulations! I started on my own DAR journey about 2 years ago and put it aside after some time as it was beginning to feel way too overwhelming. And like you, I want to do this mainly for my children, grandchildren and beyond so that their ancestors will be documented forever. You've given me inspiration to pick it up again - thanks!

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  8. Okay , your post inspired me that I must finish that DAR application for my daughter and niece. I have it ALL UP IN MY HEAD ; I work on it in my dreams sometimes and I ponder solutions while I drive or take a shower .......Congrats on the follow-through to the finish line , (-; Magda

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  9. I don't remember a pin but my certificate is located on my wall! I was very proud when I became a member and worked very hard to achieve it. I want to start working on other lines in the very near future. Can anyone advise or have
    information on how to go about this task?

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