As I continue with other prospective member applications to NSDAR, I also find new ancestors for me. My latest is the connection to Abraham Hershey. Now I can say I’m a Hershey with a Hershey connection. My original application, so many years ago, was with Abraham Long. His son married Catherine Hershey, whose father fought in the revolutionary war. A quick connection and another ancestor bar for my pins.
Recently, my cousins from Seattle WA were in for a visit. We had a great conversation about all of our ancestors, when Mark posed the question “did any of the White’s fight in the war”? I thought I knew the answer, but then questioned whether I every checked. Sure enough, Thomas White, born in Rye Twp., Perry County, PA had been proven by a DAR member. So to the computer to search for all those direct connections. Actually, I can do two applications for Thomas because down the line first cousins married. William White’s daughter married Thomas White’s son, generation 6 – grandchildren of the Patriot Thomas. A couple of more proofs and off to DAR go these supplementals.
This week started with Regents’ Club of Central Pennsylvania where new officers were elected. President, Joan Romig; V. President, Mary Duggan; Recording Secretary, Suzanne Seebold; Corresponding Secretary, Deborah White Hershey; Treasurer, Phoebe Conner; Chaplain, Lorraine Prutzman.
It was on to Harrisburg Chapter, DAR Flag Day luncheon with SAR. We had an excellent attendance with numerous prospective, pending and verified members. The support the Chapter has garnered continues to grow as others see the many projects we have to honor our veterans, including Wreaths Across America; toiletries to Lebanon VA hospital; Bingo with the veterans at Lebanon; and clothing and other items sent to Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany.
Finally a trip to Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church in Chambersburg to the Franklin County Chapter, DAR memorial service and annual church service. The church is owned and maintained by this chapter. It was a very warm day, but well attended services.
I am now available to present the National Society Daughters of American Revolution volunteer field genealogist workshops. The workshop will help anyone who is interested in joining DAR, complete their application or Registrar’s some good information to help prospective members submit an application that is approved the first time it is submitted.
I joined 40 ladies at NSDAR for the 3 day seminar and learned so much about DAR and the folks that review these applications. There are some very good resources for proving lineage. Sometimes the information is not there to be found so a “preponderance of evidence” must be used for the proof.
Anyone who enjoys research will enjoy the workshop or course in Washington DC.
I work on many lineage society applications, so do research on the NSDAR website and am amazed what connections I find in my research for others. Today I need to send a birthday card to a “daughter” in my local DAR chapter, looked her up on the NSDAR website and lo and behold, she was from the area where I grew up. Many of her ancestors have similar last names to my ancestors. Today will be spent researching our possible connections. Is there another supplement in the works here?
I’ll begin my research on the Bradford County (PA) website that Joyce Tice hosts. This is the best county website I have ever found. All the folks in Bradford County graciously offer historical records and their own research, to Joyce, for the website. If every county would be so generous, we would have so much more information available and so many records would not be destroyed.
On another similar topic, that I have mentioned before, don’t hoard those records you find, share them with a local historical society or submit them to the web for your local county site. You can find a good repository by going to www.uswebgen.org and click on your State and county. You will find many volunteers ready to help.