|Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library
- National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
- 1776 D Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-5303
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 to 4:00, Saturday 9:00 to 5:00
Internet sites and databases:
- DAR Library Internet site: National Society, Constitution Hall, Museum, Library, collection, giving, shopping, announcements, news, photos and videos, online library catalog, membership, genealogy research.
- DAR Library Catalog online: Search titles, authors, subjects (including places or surnames), notes, or anything.
- DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS): master search engine for databases and indexes created by the DAR -
- Ancestor tab: Database of proven patriots of the Revolutionary War. Not complete and constantly being added to as individuals are proven through DAR membership applications and supplementals.
- Member tab: Used to find limited information on DAR members.
- Descendents tab: Index of names found on lineage page of DAR applications and supplementals. Used to identify the best DAR application to order. Names still being added.
- GRC tab: Index database for over 20,000 typescript volumes of the Genealogical Records Committee Reports containing mostly Bible and cemetery records from across the United States compiled by Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution starting in 1913. Names are still being added. This index gives the title, series, volume, and page number to go to the original typescript. Copies can be ordered from the DAR. Some volumes have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library.
- Resources tab: Links to other resources including The DAR Library Analytical Card Index and The Revolutionary War Pension Index. More information will be added in the future.
- Library Catalog tab: Another link to the DAR Library Catalog online. Search titles, authors, subjects (including places or surnames), notes, or anything.
The DAR Library houses one of the largest genealogical collections in the United States. Its book collection includes more than 150,000 volumes concerning people and places throughout the nation. The collection focuses primarily on the generation of the American Revolution, but also includes substantial resources for studying people from the colonial period and the nineteenth century. "Through the efforts of local DAR members and chapters nationwide approximately 15,000 volumes of Genealogical Records Committee Reports have entered the Library and constitute a unique source for family histories, cemetery record transcriptions, and Bible records." They are also a family history center affiliate library, and allows patrons to view limited-access FamilySearch databases at the library.
Note: In 1990, the DAR released a Centennial edition index of DAR revolutionary soldiers. This index omitted many names and in the preface stated, "Omission from this edition of the name of a DAR member's ancestor would be due to conflicting data received which raised some questions about the patriot's identity, service or descendants."
For many years, the DAR was criticized because of the poor quality of DAR applications and they were universally treated as unreliable. With the release of the new index in 1990, the DAR has cleaned up its records and eliminated many of the revolutionary soldiers created by applications that did not meet reliable standards.
Visitors who are not members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of the Revolution, or the Children of the American Revolution pay a small entrance fee. The Library's rules are listed on the page "Info for Beginners."
- Eric G. Grundset, and Steven B. Rhodes, American Genealogical Research at the DAR Washington, DC, 2nd ed. (Washington, D.C.: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 2004) (FHL Collection 973 A37g). WorldCat entry.
- Christina K. Schaefer, The Center: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capitol Area (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1996), 65-73. (FHL Collection 975.3 A3sc). WorldCat entry. Describes procedures and resources in three DAR collections.
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