The DAR established the Betty Newkirk Seimes Microfilm Center in 1970 and named it for the then—President General. In April 1978, the 87th DAR Continental Congress made the Microfilm Center a National Committee. In 1997 Seimes was made a part of the Library, and in 2004 the Center’s name was changed to the “Seimes Technology Center” to better reflect the changing formats of materials available.
The Center, which is located in room 108 of the DAR Administration Building, is the where the Library’s collection of microfilm, microfiche and CD-ROMs are located. There are over 12,000 microfilms, over 6,800 microfiche, and over 800 CDs available. The Center is also equipped with microfilm and microfiche readers and printers. Customers have the option of printing from a microfilm or microfiche for a fee of $0.50 per printout. In addition to microform and CD collection, the Center also contains a collection of printed numerous federal and state Census Indexes.
The Seimes Technology Center is also where researchers can access the Genealogical Research System (GRS). The GRS is an internal database that allows researchers to search for DAR verified patriots, view scanned copies of approved DAR membership applications, and over 300,000 folders of scanned supporting documents that were submitted with DAR membership applications. The GRS also provides researchers with access to search and view the scanned Genealogical Records Committee Collection (GRCs). There are nearly 20,000 GRCs available. Approximately 96% of the collection has been scanned and is only available in the GRS in Seimes.
Researchers can printout copies of approved DAR membership applications for $10.00 per application. There is a printing fee of $0.25 per page for supporting document, GRC pages, and onsite subscription database printouts.