The Williams County Genealogical Society members and others met Saturday, April 22 in the Harmon Room of the West Annex, Bryan Public Library. Two local chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) sponsored a presentation about how to apply to join the lineage society. The two chapters were the Joel Frost Chapter and the Scout David Williams Chapter.
Judith A. Jennings was the presenter. She is a volunteer Genealogists for the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). When you join the DAR, you enter a network of more than 185,000 women who form lifelong bonds, honor their revolutionary ancestors and promote historic preservation, education and patriotism in their communities.The organization was founded in 1890 with the simple mission of promoting historic preser-vation, education and patriotism. These timeless, overarching principles keep the DAR strong and vitally relevant in this ever-changing world. This nonprofit, nonpolitical volun-teer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving Ameri-can history and securing America’s future through better education consists of over 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the world. These vibrant, active women are the heart of the organization.
Who are DAR members? They are women who come from diverse backgrounds and have a variety of interests. Their common bond is their lineal descent from patriots of the American Revolution – any woman, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove this lineage is eligible to join. Why should you join the DAR?Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution honors and preserves the legacy of your Patriot ancestor. Over two hundred years ago, American Patriots fought and sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. As a member of DAR, through participation in the Society’s various programs and activities, you can continue this legacy by actively supporting historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavors.
In communities across the country and around the world DAR chapters participate in…
• restoring and maintaining historical sites
• preserving genealogical records, artifacts and historical documents
• locating, restoring and marking Revolutionary War patriot grave sites and head-stones
• supporting schools through donations and volunteer efforts
• providing scholarships and awards to outstanding students throughout the coun-try
• promoting education and citizenship through youth programs
• sponsoring American history essay contests for youth
• providing volunteer time to assist military veterans
• supporting America’s service personnel through a variety of programs
• sponsoring special programs promoting the Constitution
• celebrating with new citizens at naturalization ceremonies
Our next meeting is May 8 in the Harmon Room. Rodney Franco of the Sons of the American Revolution will be giving a presentation about this group. The SAR , is the largest male lineage organization in the U.S. It consists of 50 societies with more than 500 local chapters, several international societies and over 34,000 members.
The purpose of the WCGS is the preservation of county records and family research. Monthly meetings are held the second Monday of each month, excluding July and Au-gust, in the Harmon Room of the West Annex of the Bryan Public Library. For further information concerning WCGS, email Pat Goebel firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the Web-site at www.wcgs-orgs.com, or write to WCGS, PO Box 293, Bryan, OH 43506.