Thursday, January 1, 2009

DAR Library in Washington DC

A few weeks ago I had to be in DC on business and had about 2 hours of free time. I went to the DAR library very near the White House as this has been something on my to-do list for several years. I wish I had had 2 weeks to spend there. If you are doing general genealogy research or are researching Revolutionary War ancestors, this is a wonderful place to visit.

Recently the DAR scanned all of their membership applications and supporting documents (nearly 9 million documents) and are building a searchable database. Some of this information can be found at the DAR public website at but if you want to see the actual scanned images, you have to be in the DAR library using one of their in-house computers.

In just the 2 hours that I had I found some very interesting information about my Rev War ancestor. I found that he had lived in Bedford County on the Juniata river and in Baltimore Co MD as well as Washington County PA during the war. From this info I was able to find a map of the property he owned in Bedford Co.

If you get a chance to visit the DAR genealogy library, I urge you to do so. It is a wonderful repository for family research.