Janelle DeFrees – Regent, is with the Captain Jesse Leavenworth Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Janelle DeFrees – Regent, is with the Captain Jesse Leavenworth Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

1. The Daughters of the American Revolution will be sponsoring the Genealogy Workshop. Can you tell us a little about this organization and why genealogy is important to them?

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (commonly known as DAR) is a 123 year old non-profit, non-political, women's volunteer service organization. Our mission is the preservation of our American heritage through the proactive promotion of; Historical Preservation, Education and Patriotism.
The DAR has evolved into the 21st Century. We are global in scope with 3,000 Chapters and nearly 1,000,000 members to date.
At all levels of the Society (local, state and national) our members support: rescue and restoration efforts of historical sites, structures and artifacts, child and adult literacy, American History projects and essay contests in schools, naturalization ceremonies, conservation projects, programs and events for our veterans and active duty military.
It would take all day to create an exhaustive list of the work we do, but I would be remiss not to add that our work is as fun and satisfying as it is extensive and comprehensive.
In a nutshell; DAR is a venue for today's woman to combine her imagination with her energy to contribute to her country and fellow citizens in gestures ranging from simple to profound and life changing.
The Society maintains one of the largest and most impressive genealogical research centers in the United States.
Genealogy is important to us because the history of America is embodied within the history of our ancestors and because it is the basis for membership in the NSDAR.
Eligibility for membership is open to any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race or religion, who can document lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who rendered service or material aid to the patriot's cause of the American Revolution. Every year dozens of new Revolutionary War patriots are discovered and not just from Anglo-European background. Special commissions have been appointed to hunt out and document "the forgotten Patriots" of African, Latin and Native American bloodlines. There are hundreds of Patriots waiting for eligible Daughters to claim them and tell their stories.

2. What can a genealogy novice expect to learn from the workshop?
The first thing to understand in genealogical research is to go from the known to the unknown. Start with yourself and work back. Our Lineage Researchers will share proper ways to document family history, how to fill out ancestor charts as well as websites that are useful in finding genealogical information.

3. As a member of the DAR, what are some of the most memorable facts that you have learned about your family's history?
A local dedicated and talented DAR lineage researcher found a spy and a Minute Man in my ancestry, those were definitely fun discoveries. She also however, found two women Patriots and possibly a 9 year old boy who fought in the Revolution. Now that truly gives a person pause.
There were men, women and children representing every ethnic, socio-economic and cultural background present in America in the late 18th century, who stepped up to the plate and demonstrated courage unimaginable. It was they who not only won, but defined our American Heritage.
As Americans and as their descendants, we are compelled not to just occasionally remember them, but to honor their sacrifices, preserve what they purchased for us and to tell their stories.

4. What tips would you give someone to facilitate a family history search?
First and foremost talk to any relatives that are aging. Let them tell you what they know or think they know. Even though it is a family story some of the information might be true. Remember; go from the known to the unknown. Keep yourself organized; establish a file according to family surnames.
Very important to keep in mind is that as the researcher it is your job to prove the information you have gathered. Make sure you list your sources for each document; for example - Will Book A, page 48, Mason County, KY.

5. When and where is the workshop and how can people make reservations to attend?
The Workshop will be held June 29th at the Leavenworth Public Library, at 4th and Spruce, from 09:30 to 3:30. Volunteer lineage researchers and genealogists will work one-on-one to help individuals interested in DAR find a Revolutionary War patriot in their ancestral bloodline. Reservations are made by e-mailing: carolduercocran@kc.rr.com and put DAR-GENEALOGY in the subject line or call 913-682-2068. Make reservations soon as space is limited.