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Old 05-01-2010, 07:19 PM
 
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I am applying for membership under one of three lines that I'm eligible for. One of the other lines is tangled up in a mess and the next person to apply under that ancestor will have to proof his service, which shouldn't be too hard, but I could be wrong.

Anyway, I'd love to hear from those of you who are DAR members to post your experience in applying for membership, and what you feel has been your largest benefit to this wonderful, exclusive organization.
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:51 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Fyi, there is also an SAR. NSSAR | National Society, Sons of the American Revolution
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I feel like those proper New England descendants of Continental Army regulars would pat me on the head and make me sit in the back because my kinfolk were all Virginia militiamen who mainly fought the Brits' Indian allies.
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Teach an Fhir Bholg
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I feel like those proper New England descendants of Continental Army regulars would pat me on the head and make me sit in the back because my kinfolk were all Virginia militiamen who mainly fought the Brits' Indian allies.
Don't feel too bad. I'm sure that I would have the door slammed on my fingers.

My folks fought in Loyalist militias, and I belong to the UEL, which might loosely be considered a Canadian equivalent of the D/SAR.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:36 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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We have family who stayed and fought. Loyalist who went to Canada and those who stayed also.
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I talked to people from 2 or 3 groups. They were too arrogant and too formal for me. There is no doubt I am qualitied as the line has been proven to my mother's CW grandfahter. She is the only femaie and the last of all male line. This line had a father, a son and threee grandsons who served.

There is national DAR that is not aligned with any localy group. Meeting are not required. I am not convinced I want to pay the $75 annual fees. The only advantage I can see is the Annual DAR meeting in DC; access to the DAR library and owning some of the books.
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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You think they're a bit snooty, check out these folks:

Society of the Cincinnati - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:11 PM
 
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Thanks for the info, bjh. I only found this out recently. I'm starting on my husband's family history and already I have credible evidence he could become a member. Do you have any firsthand information on this organization?
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:14 PM
 
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I feel like those proper New England descendants of Continental Army regulars would pat me on the head and make me sit in the back because my kinfolk were all Virginia militiamen who mainly fought the Brits' Indian allies.
LOL. I'd be right there with you, Cav, as my lineage is through Southern Maryland and Virginia. In fact, the line I'm working with now fought with George Rogers Clark against the Indians after the war, as well. We could keep the group real.
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:21 PM
 
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Don't feel too bad. I'm sure that I would have the door slammed on my fingers.

My folks fought in Loyalist militias, and I belong to the UEL, which might loosely be considered a Canadian equivalent of the D/SAR.
I think for me the point is in having a pride in your ancestors for their convictions, struggles and sacrifice, regardless of where they stood. It had to have been hell for many people to choose between loyalty to what they knew worked and loyalty to an unknown future.

I may not fit in with the old bitties, as one relative called them, but maybe I can bring a new generation of respect and patriotism.

Then again, I might want to watch my own fingers, eh?

Seriously, though, I am very excited to become a part of this organization.
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