Do you think you have all the documents you need to “prove” your DAR application on an established line?
Here are a few things you need to check:
- Does any referenced information meet current standards? For your patriot, that means there must be a date and place of birth, a date and place of death, a spouse, and residence information. There must be a source for any service. The last is especially important. Old applications tend not to have it.
- For the first three generations, do you have birth, death, and marriage certificates for both spouses? These certificates need to be “long-form” (ie. name the parents) for the person through whom the line runs. Remember, if needed, you might be able to submit only a death certificate.
- Do you have vital records for other generations if they exist? DAR is increasingly requesting all vital records that might exist for a line.
- Have you documented one date and place (birth or death), the connection between spouses, and the connection between parents and children for all generations from the fourth back to the patriot? This documentation cannot come from a family tree!
If you can answer yes to all four questions. You might be ready to submit. If not, you have work to do!