"Genealogical Research System," database, \i DAR Library\i0  

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  • Title  "Genealogical Research System," database, \i DAR Library\i0   
    Short Title  DAR - Genealogical Research System 
    Author  National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) 
    Publisher  (http://dar.org/library/online_research.cfm) 
    Source ID  S520 
    Text  National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR)
    DAR Genealogical Research System

    Research Recommendations: New Databases from NSDAR
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has long been a valuable resource for genealogists. The dedicated women who have been members of this organization have done much to transcribe and preserve records. For more than a century they have assisted researchers in proving their descent from those who fought for the American side in the Revolutionary War.

    Their GRC database has long been available for free, indexing the vast number of records transcribed by the Genealogical Research Committee. To date more than 20 million names have been entered into the database, and this represent only 20% of the books in the collection.

    To this has now been added more than 7 million names abstracted from almost 500,000 DAR membership applications. These names are searchable by the name of an ancestor who fought in the Revolution, or by the name of a descendant. The searches are linked, so that once you find an ancestor you can look at the descendants, and vice versa.

    The Descendants database search redacts the most recent names and information on the application, but provides all pertinent information on places and dates of birth, marriage, and death. Unfortunately the sources are not included in the database, but given the sheer volume of data to be abstracted this is not surprising. The applicant's national membership number is included for easy reference to published lineage books. Copies of applications can be ordered from NSDAR for $10.

    Another new database is called "Resources," and links to information abstracted from published works (such as county histories, periodicals, etc.) and the Revolutionary War Pension Index. This last index is important because it includes the names of everyone listed in the pension, not just the pensioner or widow. It does not, however, index all existing Revolutionary War pension files.

    NSDAR is to be commended for the tremendous effort behind providing this information, and for allowing it to be accessed by the general public for free. As a membership-based organization they did not have to do so. You can find more information about these databases at http://dar.org/library/online_research.cfm, or go directly to to start searching.