Why isn’t my Revolutionary War ancestor already on file?

The Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution maintain records of many of those who served in the American Revolution. This can include images of family Bibles, vital records, pensions and more. Yet, some ancestors aren’t listed. Why?

The files held by DAR and SAR were created when someone joined the society using that specific ancestor. That means that they only have files on the ancestors of members and then, only the specific descendants of those ancestors included in their members’ trees. That may mean that your ancestor isn’t listed or that only the descendants of a different child of that ancestor are on file.

So, how do you get your ancestor on file where other descendants can access his or her records? Consider joining DAR or SAR or doing a supplemental if you’re already a member. You’d be amazed how valuable your application may be for a child, grandchild or great-child.

Published by Bryna O'Sullivan

Proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, Bryna O'Sullivan specializes in assisting clients with lineage society applications and with French to English genealogical translations.

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