DAR Begins Accepting DNA Evidence

The following excerpt is from an article by Preston Trail and posted 1/6/2014 at www.planoland.com

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With the new year comes a new policy adaptation for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) regarding accepting DNA as evidence of lineage submitted with DAR membership applications. DAR staff genealogists will now consider Y-DNA evidence along with more traditional genealogical sources during the verification of member-related applications. With this change in policy, DAR recognizes the importance of DNA in genealogical research, but also that DNA evidence alone is not definitive enough to prove the exact relationships of remote ancestors. Although various types of DNA tests are commercially available, DAR staff genealogists will only consider Y-DNA 37 Marker test results.

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June A. Smith 1925-2011 – RIP

June A. Smith of Bremerton, Washington passed away Oct. 15, 2011. the following is excerpted from her obituary, found in the October 17, 2011 edition of the Kitsap Sun.

June A. (Fuller) Smith, of Bremerton, passed away in California at the age of 86. She was born in Charleston (now Bremerton) to Victor and Gladys (Clark) Fuller Sr., on June 4, 1925, and married Robert Franklin Smith at the First Christian Church in Bremerton on January 28, 1950. They lived primarily in Bremerton, but also Poulsbo, Wenatchee, Elma and Benson Lake, and enjoyed 61 years of marriage. Their son, Martin Duane Smith, lives in Sacramento, CA, with his wife, Debi.

Besides the First Christian Church, she belonged to the Kitsap Mineral and Gem Society; Scottish-American Military Society; Daughters of the American Revolution; Daughters of the American Colonists; Daughters of the Union Veterans; United States Daughters of 1812; Scottish Clan MacKenzie; Olympic Chapter Eastern Star; Bremerton Ski Cruisers; Lady Lions; Sons of Norway; Bremerton Elks; Kitsap County Historical Society; NARFE; and Puget Sound Genealogical Society, in which she was a charter member.

She was twice regent of Elizabeth Ellington Chapter, NSDAR; treasurer and registrar for Washington State Society, NSDAR; volunteer genealogist at NSDAR Headquarters in Washington, DC; speaker/instructor for genealogical and patriotic groups throughout the Northwest; editor, copyrighter and publisher of historical books; and a volunteer at Cancer Discovery Shop. Her special award was the “DAR Community Service.”

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The NSDAR has a Full-Time Opening for a Genealogist in the Registrar’s Office

The following was received from the Association of Professional Genealogists:

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has an immediate full-time opening for a Genealogist in the Registrar’s Office. Primary responsibilities focus on examining and evaluating lineage-based information provided on DAR membership applications or supplemental applications, and corresponding with prospective members or Chapter Registrar if further documentation is needed.

Qualifications
Previous experience in conducting genealogical research is required. The successful candidate must be able to analyze and evaluate lineage information, be detail oriented and resolve issues from conflicting data, and be able to write clear and concise letters explaining difficult research problems, including providing suggestions to the applicant for further research. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, including the ability to adapt quickly to proprietary databases, is essential.

Limited overtime hours possible during board weeks, (April, June, October and December) however, must be available to work overtime hours during one week of annual meeting.

Please send a cover letter and resume including a writing sample and a sample or portfolio of genealogy/family research performed, to:

Attn: Human Resources
NSDAR
1776 D. St., NW
Washington D.C., 20006-5303
Fax: (202) 737-5702
E-mail: resumes@dar.org

Job Opening at the D.A.R. for a Genealogist

The following was received from Kathleen Hinckley CG at APG:

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has an immediate full-time opening for a Genealogist in the Registrar’s Office. Primary responsibilities focus on examining and evaluating lineage-based information provided on DAR membership applications or supplemental applications, and corresponding with prospective members or Chapter Registrar if further documentation is needed.

Qualifications
Previous experience in conducting genealogical research is required. The successful candidate must be able to analyze and evaluate lineage information, be detail oriented and resolve issues from conflicting data, and be able to write clear and concise letters explaining difficult research problems, including providing suggestions to the applicant for further research. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, including the ability to adapt quickly to proprietary databases, is essential.

Limited overtime hours possible during board weeks, (April, June, October and December) however, must be available to work overtime hours during one week of annual meeting.

Please send a cover letter and resume including a writing sample and a sample or portfolio of genealogy/family research performed, to:

Attn: Human Resources
NSDAR
1776 D. St., NW
Washington D.C., 20006-5303
Fax: (202) 737-5702
E-mail: resumes@dar.org

Forgotten Patriots, by Eric Grundset, gets the 2009 Jacobus Award

At its meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 10 October 2009, the American Society of Genealogists voted to Forgotten Patriots give their annual Donald Lines Jacobus Award to Forgotten Patriots, African American and African Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War: A Guide to Service, Sources, and Studies, edited by Eric Grundset, Director of the DAR Library in Washington, D.C., and published by the DAR in 2008.

From the NEHGS eNews Vol. 12, No. 47, Whole Number 454, November 25, 2009.

Daniel Chapman Chapter of the D.A.R. Turned 100 Today

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VIENNA – The Daniel Chapman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution [of Vienna, Illinois] turned 100 today. The charter was received Nov. 3, 1909.

May Chapman, the wife of Pleasant Thomas Chapman, had been a DAR member in Washington, D.C., and thought Johnson County should have a chapter. On Aug. 10, 1909, “or thereabouts,” according to 1909 minutes, Mrs. Chapman and five other women gathered at her home to organize a chapter.

Those six original members were Mrs. Chapman, Mrs. Orrie Thacker, Miss Althea Thacker, Mrs. D.W. Whittenberg, Mrs. Eva McKenzie Huffman and Mrs. Georgia Blanchfill Gillespie.

Read the full article by Dixie Terry in the November 3, 2009 edition of The Southern.