October 23, 2014

Finding Ancestors Using DAR Chapter Webpages

If you’re like me, I bet you try almost every way and means to find your ancestors. Voting records, tax records, newspaper subscription records, etc.,  but have you ever thought to look for your ancestors by checking DAR Chapter websites for them?

I will use my own Chapter website as a ‘for instance’. I live in Washington State, but the DAR Chapter I joined was in West Plains, Missouri. That probably seems a bit strange, but it happened that way because that is where my Grandmother Minnie Smith Yates was born and our cousins still live in Howell County even to this day. One of my older cousins wanted me to join there since she was helping me with documentation for my Patriot Capt. Thomas Poindexter. So, while I live in WA state, and I am an associate member of the local Elizabeth Ellington Chapter of the DAR of Bremerton, WA, my main Chapter is in Missouri for sentimental reasons.  I belong to the Ozark Spring Chapter of the DAR , and have since 1998.

With that explanation in mind, you might consider that other ladies have joined in much the same way. Not always of course, but it is something to consider as you look for connections. Keep in mind, not all DAR local Chapters have web pages, but more and more do, and it is worth looking for them on the main DAR webpage.  Currently, there are over approximately 3000 Chapters in the United States and abroad.

On the left sidebar of the National DAR site click on “become a member” and a drop down menu will appear; then click on Chapters at the bottom of that menu list. I have included a link to the state and local Chapters here also.  Once you have found a Chapter in the geographical area of where your ancestor lived, try checking their Patriot List for surnames that might sound familiar.  Below is a list from the Ozark Spring Chapter.

Patriot Ancestors:


Allison, Alexander NC Lawson, Randolph VA
Allison, William NC McMahan, William PA
Carpenter, Benjamin VT Morgan, Joseph MD
Coolbaugh, Moses PA Newberry, Samuel VA
Craig, David NC Norman, David SC
Dowden, Clementias PA Olinger, John C. VA
Gentry, Nicholas PA Pease, Abner (2nd Lt.) NY
Hardy, Phineas NH Poindexter, Thomas NC
Harrison, James NC Poppleton, Samuel NJ
Harmon, Charles VA Thomason/Thompson, John NC
Hensley, William VA Turner, James SC
Holbert, John NJ Walker, James CT
Howle, Alexander SC Walker, John NC
Howle, William GA Yadon, Jacob VA

As you can see, my own Thomas Poindexter is in this list, but I also see the name of another one of my ancestors, James Harrison. That gives me a clue that even though I’m not a member of this chapter through that particular Patriot, someone else is. In that case, I would go back and check the site map and find the contact information, click on it and send an email to them asking for more information.

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