Posts Tagged ‘DAR’


Society Saturday: Why Bother To Join?

   Posted by: HystoryByts    in Geneabloggers, Genealogy, Research

Proven information! In a nutshell, there’s a TON of information out there in the societies.

Now, you still need to verify the information, especially if it’s fairly old. Organizations 100 years ago didn’t ask for documents to prove you were descended from somebody – normally you only had a letter from someone saying that Joe’s cousin Sally was your grandmother’s sister.. or something along those lines. So, you have to use a good dose of skepticism when you look.

My paternal grandmother is a line I know little to nothing about. In 1928, her DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) application was hand-written and while it does have her address on it, and it does state that she’s married to my grandfather, it does NOT tell us when she was born or married! The DAR at that time only asked where you were born: “I was born in _______, County of ________, State of ________.” That’s all. Her “proof” for her information consisted of “Family Bible” “Heitman’s Historical Register, page 299″ and “See National Number #145919″ After the application was verified, it was stamped, “Verified By National Number 145918″ Not a lot of information to help us out!

But I had two new applications to look at: numbers 145919 and 145918. 145918 – the ‘earlier’ application – was Rebecca Moore Darden Snow, whose grandmother was Rebecca Moore. Since the patriot for this line is Peter Moore, you can see there may be a naming pattern going on. But, this application does the same thing that my grandmother’s does: it only gives us names and years of birth, death, and marriage – no dates, no places. But certainly not a dead end!

On the later pages of the application, it tells me that Peter Moore was married twice: to Sarah Littleton at Franklin, VA in 1775 and to Mary Ellis at Franklin VA, in 1795. So searching on Sarah Littleton online, I found this information:

Peter Moore. b @1750; d 1820 Southampton County, VA
Married Sarah Littleton: children by her
  Elijah (no wife known)
  Littleton m Margaret Daughtery
Mary Ellis about 1795 in Southampton County, VA
  Sarah, m. Jason Gardner
  Mary, (never married)
  Nancy, (m Joseph Buxton)b @1798; d 1870
  John, (Delilah Edwards)
  James, (no information)

Nancy Moore m Joseph Buxton: children
  Elmina Cephus Buxton m Allen Hardy Cotton (1826; d 1894)
  Lydia Marian Buxton
  Margaret Buxton
  George Edward Buxton
  Joanna Buxton
He has two other wives and 4 more children

So by using the resources available to you through lineage societies, you can often find good leads to help you fill in your own genealogy. I’m off to follow up on this information and see what I can learn about this branch of the family tree.

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I’m So Catching Up

   Posted by: HystoryByts    in Events, Genealogy, Research, Vital Records

A lot of this and that will go into this post. Catching up with a lot of things at once, so here goes.

Recent research has centered on getting a connection to pre-1687 in Virginia established for a lady who is attempting to get into one of the lineage organizations. Some fairly strict requirements is leading to not only indirect proof, but also a fairly lengthy analysis of the documentation to provide the proper information. As she is the last of her maiden-name line, this is pretty important to her, and I’ve been really working hard trying to accumulate every scrap of information documented and accounted for.

Another project that’s taken time recently is being asked to present a workshop to a group of about 50 people in two weeks. While giving the workshop is something I’ve done before, this group has had me attending meetings prior to the workshop and going over the information I plan on presenting, then asking for specific information to be included, and deeming other information unnecessary. It’s a strange feeling: almost as if they want to give the workshop, and just have someone else actually lead it. I’ll try to keep you posted on how it works out.

And in the middle of all this, the state conference for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) took place, which was just about a week away from home. And while I don’t get any genealogy work actually done while I’m there, I do get to visit with others who research, and we are able to swap information and updates. Sometimes you just need to spend time with friends, and my DAR friends are some of the best.

Lastly, I hope by now everyone’s heard that the 1940 United States census is available. But… it’s not indexed yet. So we’re back to scanning images manually until it can be indexed. You’ll need to know about where the family lived so you can search geographically. There are maps that outline the enumeration districts for the census already online. (Yes, it is being indexed, but it will probably be months before there’s easy lookups.) If you’d like to be an indexer – and possibly find someone in your family! – you can sign up at

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