Recently, Karen received an email from a former MPC student, sharing some exciting news. Karen was thrilled to hear about it and asked this student if we could share her good news here, which she happily agreed to.
I was thinking of you the other day knowing that you are getting ready for several fall classes. This year I decided to pursue membership in the DAR through my 5th great-grandfather, Thomas Carter. You had encouraged me in this at one point when we met at the MPC library, especially noting the access to records afforded to members. I went to a couple of local Commodore Sloat chapter meetings [a chapter of the DAR in the Monterey Peninsula in California] in the spring and submitted my application in May. I just received word today that it has been verified by national and my membership will be put before the local board in October! Whoo hoo! So I wanted to share the news with you and thank you for your encouragement to further my research. Of course, this will mean an opportunity for my two sisters and four nieces. Not to mention two sons who can now pursue Sons of the American Revolution should they so choose (let’s just say teenage boys aren’t quite as enamored as I am by this)!
For those of you who don’t know, the DAR is an acronym for the Daughters of the American Revolution, a national women’s organization that works to increase patriotism, preserve America’s history, and further education for children to secure a better future for America. Any woman at least eighteen years old who can provide proof of lineal descent from an ancestor who either provided service to or directly assisted in America’s independence can become a member. If you would like to learn more about it, you can visit their website.
As the email mentioned, there is also an organization for men called the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Membership is based on lineal descent from an ancestor who supported the American Revolution. This society works to remember and provide memorials for those who were a part of the revolution, preserve records, and help keep our independence alive today. The SAR is for men, although there is a National Ladies Auxiliary Sons of the American Revolution. To learn more, visit them here.
Have you achieved a goal in your research recently? Learned something interesting about your ancestors? We’d love to hear about it, and your success will continue to inspire others.