DAR Sees Record Growth in New Members in 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, March 1, 2014 – With the final 2013 membership statistics now collected, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recorded its most significant gain in new members in the history of the 123 year old organization. A record 13,906 new members were welcomed into the DAR in 2013! The previous record was set more than 90 years ago in 1921 when 13,805 women were accepted into the organization in that year.
As of January 1, 2014, the official Dar membership count for 2014 is 177,049, a net increase of 3529 members from the official membership count from the beginning of 2013.
The highest DAR membership totals peaked around the time of the United States Bicentennial in the late 1970s and early 1980s but this was followed by a steady decrease for many years. Starting in 2007, however, the DAR has seen an increase in total membership each year. Coinciding with our most recent gains in membership, seven years ago the Daughters of the American Revolution rolled out its Genealogical Resource System (GRS) which is a free resource provided by the DAR to aid general research and to assist with the DAR membership process. The GRS is a collection of databases that provide access to the many materials amassed by the DAR since its founding in 1890. The GRS is a result of a multi-million dollar process launched by the organization to scan DAR genealogical resources and then use DAR member volunteers to go through and index and transcribe all of the old DAR applications, making them searchable online to the public.
Any woman, 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. Each DAR applicant must provide genealogical research that documents her lineage back to an ancestor from the Revolutionary War era. The application and source documentation must provide proof of relation for each generation going back to the Patriot ancestor, as well documentation for the Revolutionary War service of her Patriot. The applications, supplemental applications and source documentation of the more than 920,000 women who have joined the DAR since its founding, provide a wealth of genealogical information for the public and those women wishing to become DAR members.
At the core, DAR is a grass roots organization with members primarily recruiting women on the local level. In addition to increased technology, the growth of DAR membership can be attributed to DAR chapters making a great impact in their local communities, illustrating how DAR is a meaningful and relevant organization that today’s woman should want to join. Many women also recognize that joining DAR is a way for them to honor and preserve their family history, because when their DAR application is approved, all of the genealogical family history that is included with it is conserved by the DAR for all future generations.
To learn more about the DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS), visit www.dar.org/grs, or for more information about Daughters of the American Revolution, visit www.dar.org/membership. Our local Libertad Chapter, NSDAR, meets the 3rd Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Price Daniel Meeting Room, located behind the Partlow House on Grand Avenue in Liberty. Guests are welcome, or if you want more information about our Libertad Chapter, Regent Susan Seaberg can be reached at 713-249-4551.