Thursday, May 22, 2014

Finally taking the plunge

I am finally taking the plunge and going for DAR membership.  I have several ancestors to choose from so the lineage specialist at the local DAR did a preliminary look see and recommended the ancestor I should use.  I will tell you one thing, this lady really knows her stuff.  Working with her has been a real pleasure.  So, I will be working up my lineage to my 6th great-grandfather Mathew Patton. 

Needless to say, I have to have all my ducks in a row paperwork wise.  For two of the relationships I need to write up indirect evidence proof arguments but both cases are strong so I am not too worried.  I am missing one document that would make one of the cases even stronger and I have requested the FHL pull it for me off of microfilm. 

The other thing I want to fix is two people with exact dates of birth and death that came from their tombstones.  I got the information years ago from a cemetery survey which of course I can’t find now.  I don’t know if I got it from a book or an internet survey or what.  I need to get pictures of the markers.  I can estimate their dates of birth and death using the info I have but exact dates would look better.  I wonder if my file will ever be cleared of my past mistakes. 


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  1. Michele,
    I am so happy you are going to discuss your researching for the DAR membership certification. I am a new member of the DAR, and want to add more patriots from my family tree, therefore, look forward to your blog about this particular project. Thank you so much for all of your help in genealogy and I am following every word you say about Legacy. I bought the program about six months ago and was really having a hard time changing over from Family Tree. But for the past two days I feel I am getting better thanks to you.

    1. Carol,
      Thanks so much for the kind comments! I am working behind the scenes to get my documentation in order but I won't be working on it in earnest until after I get back from IGHR. If you have any questions about Legacy just let me know :)