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Old 01-28-2019, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Texas
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My wife is a member. I don't think she's ever gone to any of the meetings/events.
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Old 01-29-2019, 10:37 AM
 
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Before I ever did any family history I knew a wonderful lady in our town who was a DAR member. She was involved in bettering the town, a good person. She said the DAR was composed of a lot of nice people.

Then I found that I have a lot of Rev. War veterans on my mother's side. It's nice to know and it helps to make history come alive, but beyond that, I don't want to join the DAR. As I did more of the family history, I found more groups I could join! But the paperwork, the fees, and what do you get for it?

It does sound as though the DAR is making a positive contribution though. The other groups I qualify for just seem exclusive and snobby. Too bad my main impression of the DAR is that they wouldn't allow Marion Anderson to sing the national anthem because she was black. That really spoiled it for me when I heard about that. But apparently they've taken steps to amend for that hateful stance. So if you want to join, go ahead. If they are doing good things and they've gotten beyond their long ago racism, by all means. If you're a person who likes to get involved in doing meaningful, positive things, it sounds like a good group to join.
They formally apologized in person to Anderson's nephew, who I guess is her closest living relative. This was at least several years ago.

I also read an article some years ago about them getting a black member because she could prove the majority of her family lineage conformed to their requirements.

Other than that, I know little about them.
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Old 01-31-2019, 07:55 AM
 
Location: London
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A descendent of mine, a John Beck, once commanded Fort Pitt and fought for the colonists. He, or a part of his family, went back to England then I came along. So I assume I can be a member of this outfit wanting $100 a year.
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Old Yesterday, 08:29 PM
 
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If your ancestor was a Revolutionary OFFICER, you can be in an even more exclusive group called "Society of the Cincinnati." (It has nothing to do with that city, by the way).

There is also a group called "Descendants of Royal Bastards" or "Society of Royal Bastards."
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Old Today, 08:09 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Thread in the genealogy section about DAR Attended my first DAR meeting
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Old Today, 10:11 AM
 
Location: London
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If your ancestor was a Revolutionary OFFICER, you can be in an even more exclusive group called "Society of the Cincinnati." (It has nothing to do with that city, by the way).

There is also a group called "Descendants of Royal Bastards" or "Society of Royal Bastards."
I really could not tell you if John Beck was a right bastard.
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