I’m Black, but I Want to Join the DAR. Help!

Tracing Your Roots: She traced her Revolutionary War roots via an early AME bishop and needs tips for applying.

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Step 1: Establish your ancestral line.

You have already taken a great first step in applying for membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution by researching your paternal and maternal lineages. Since membership in the NSDAR requires a direct, lineal link between an applicant and a blood ancestor who fought for or played a role in the establishment of American independence, establishing an ancestral chart (sometimes called a pedigree chart) will help uncover any possible qualifying ancestors. Since you have determined that Phillip Townsend/Young was a soldier in the American Revolution, he would be your qualifying ancestor.

Step 2: Document your ancestral line (birth, marriage and death dates and locations).

More work is necessary to properly document your line of descent from Phillip Townsend/Young. We recommend creating a qualification outline to organize information for your NSDAR application. A qualification outline is an excellent way to organize information for each generation in your line of descent, which in your case would span eight generations. Begin with your generation (including vital information for your spouse if applicable) and state your place and date of birth (and place and date of marriage if applicable). Your generation would look something like this:

Generation 1

Ky’a Jackson, b. in [town/city, county, state] on [date of birth]. She married in [town/city, county, state] on [date of marriage], [name of spouse].

Name of spouse, b. in [town/city, county, state] on [date of birth].

For each statement of vital information (birth, marriage and death), you should include a scholarly citation. For the first three generations, these statements can usually be proved by a birth, marriage and death certificate. You can typically locate these modern vital records with the town or city clerk in which the event occurred or the appropriate Department of Vital Statistics. The NSDAR has compiled a list of telephone numbers, specific to each state, where you can obtain vital records.

Next, on a separate sheet of paper, you would include your parents’ generation, also known as generation 2:

Generation 2

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