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About DAR

Karen Miller Bennett, CG
Registrar, Lima Chapter NSDAR

Do you have a Revolutionary War Patriot in your family tree? If so, you may be eligible to join the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Any woman who is at least eighteen years of age and can prove lineal blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible for membership. On your application you must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death, you must prove that each generation is related to the next, and you must prove your ancestor’s service in the American Revolution.

The NSDAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical women’s volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism.  The objectives of the NSDAR are to perpetuate the memory and spirit of our Revolutionary War ancestors, promote institutions of knowledge, maintain American freedom, foster patriotism and love of country and to aid in securing the blessings of liberty.  As a member of the NSDAR you can continue your ancestor’s legacy by actively supporting historic preservation and promoting educational and patriotic endeavors through participation in the Society’s various programs and activities.

Information about DAR jewelry can be found at the bottom of this page.

Lima Chapter NSDAR
The Lima Chapter NSDAR was organized 11 February 1907 and remains actively committed to upholding the objectives of our Society. I have been a member of the Lima Chapter for ten years. Our chapter has several yearly projects, donates to various charities, recognizes local citizens for their achievements, provides for troops and Veterans, and focuses on the NSDAR mission to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. The Lima Chapter sponsors the annual Good Citizen essay contest for high school students, The Junior American Citizens and The Children of the American Revolution programs. Monthly meetings cover a variety of topics:  patriotic, historic, national defense, genealogy, education, NSDAR Schools, to mention a few.

The Lima Chapter NSDAR meets the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Allen County Museum in Lima at 1:30, with no meetings during the months of July and August. Prospective members and their guests are welcome to attend any of our meetings. The December meeting is a joint Christmas luncheon with the Centennial Chapter Sons of the American Revolution and the Quilna Chapter Children of the American Revolution.

Lima Chapter officers for 2015-2016:
Joyce Dunham, Regent
Karen Jones, Vice Regent
Janet Hussey, Recording Secretary
Miriam Hawk Fetters, Treasurer
Karen Miller Bennett, Registrar

Applying for Membership
If you have an ancestor who served or helped in the Revolutionary War and if you are at least 18 years of age, you may apply for membership in the NSDAR. You should contact the registrar of the NSDAR chapter you are interested in joining for assistance with your application.

The NSDAR application process with some tips:

You should first determine if your ancestor has already been proved in the NSDAR. This could make completing your application a little easier. You can check to see if your ancestor has been proved by searching on the NSDAR website. You can search for your ancestor in the Patriot Look-up and the GRS (Genealogical Research System).

If your patriot ancestor has already been proved in the NSDAR by a relative you only need to prove your lineage to a common ancestor of yourself and the other NSDAR member. You would not have to prove your ancestor’s war service. If you and another NSDAR member share a common relative or ancestor the NSDAR now has an easy way to link your application to that of the other member, called Build an App.

If your ancestor has not been proved in the NSDAR you will need to prove your direct lineage to your Revolutionary War ancestor and prove his war service.

Depending on whether your ancestor has already been proved or not, you will need to prove either 1) birth, death, and marriage of the individuals in your direct line to the common ancestor of another NSDAR member who proved your ancestor or 2) your direct lineage all the way back to your ancestor. For example:

You will need copies of the following documents for the first generation:

  • Your proof of birth (proof should show your parents’ names)
  • Your husband’s proof of birth (if married)
  • Proof of your marriage (include vol/page for marriage license & return)
  • Marriage information if you have been previously married: proof of husband’s birth, proof of  your marriage, proof of divorce or another way marriage was ended.

For the second generation:

  • Each of your parent’s proof of birth (showing their parents’ names)
  • Your parents’ death certificates, if applicable
  • Proof of their marriage (include vol/page for marriage license & return)
  • Other marriage information if there was a name change for your mother.

And so on for each generation until you have proved your lineage back to your Revolutionary War ancestor or until you have proved a direct relationship to a common ancestor of another NSDAR member. Your documentation should clearly prove the first 4-5 generations and you must prove the relationship of each generation to the next.

Earlier generations may be more difficult to prove. Only write down information for which you have proper documentation.

The following are some items to remember as you gather your proof documents:

  • The NSDAR does not require certified copies of documents for the application.
  • The source of each document must be given with its location, volume and page number.  (e.g. for a marriage record citation: Vol. 3:205, Probate Court, Mercer County Courthouse, Celina, Ohio).
  • Birth and death certificates can usually be obtained for the first several generations and usually come from the county health department.
  • A tombstone photo can be used as proof of birth and death for earlier generations if you are unable to locate a birth or death certificate, but you need to identify the name and location of the cemetery.
  • Other sources may include obituaries (be sure to name the newspaper and page number), probate records, wills, census records, Bible records, 19th century county histories, and well-documented genealogies.

When you have gathered all of your proof documents the chapter registrar will organize everything and print out your final application and send it to National. Use 8½ x 11 size paper for all copies, white paper, no highlighter. Write the following on the back of each proof document: your name, your Revolutionary War ancestor’s name, and name of the chapter you are joining.You should keep a copy of each of your proof documents in case something gets lost in the mail.

The cost of joining NSDAR is $130 ($75 application fee, $40/National dues, $8/State dues, $7/Lima Chapter dues).  Dues paid after April 1 will be credited to the following year.

It may take several months for your application to be approved once it is received at National headquarters.

New Lima Chapter NSDAR Members
Congratulations! And welcome to the Lima Chapter NSDAR. After your application has been approved you will receive your National Number within a couple of months and then you will officially be a NSDAR member. Soon after you receive your number you will receive your NSDAR certificate and we will induct you into the Society at one of our local meetings.

You will want to subscribe to the NSDAR magazine, American Spirit. The subscription rate is $18/yr. You may subscribe on-line at http://www.dar.org/natsociety/subscribe.cfm or by calling 1-866-327-6242. You do not have to be a NSDAR member to subscribe to this magazine.

Here are some NSDAR websites you may want to visit:
(NSDAR website)
The members’ website can be accessed from the above main page. Log in with your National number.
(Ohio NSDAR website)
(Lima Chapter NSDAR website)

You will find such features as Genealogy Research, NSDAR items to purchase, the President General’s Message, National Defender, and NSDAR contact information on the above websites.

DAR Jewelry

Best of all, once you receive your National number you may purchase your NSDAR pins. These include the NSDAR insignia pin, your ancestor bar pin, chapter pin, and other lovely NSDAR pins from the Hamilton Jewelers website or phone them at 800-786-5890.

(Note: Pins require proof of membership. Some pins are earned and need approval for purchase. NSDAR  pins are to be worn on the blue & white ribbon and are to be worn only at NSDAR events. Other NSDAR jewelry is also available from the above website.)


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  1. Anita Hamer

    I do have a few questions.

    1. Are printed images of records such as those from familysearch.org acceptable proof? Such as wills, marriage records, and county death registers.

    2. There are a few marriages for which no documentation can be currently located including the ancestor. However, the spouse is named in the will and later in the spouses will the daughters are listed with their married name. Are these wills considered acceptable proof of marriage?

    1. Karen

      Yes, you can use images of records from websites. Just be sure to cite the document’s source. I would submit the information you have to show that the couple was married and try to give an approximate date of their marriage. You might use census records, too, if they show the woman in the household with the man’s surname.

    1. Karen

      Thank you. My hope is to provide information for prospective members. Lima, Ohio, is located in west-central Ohio. Interstate 75 runs through it.

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