The Genealogical Research System, or GRS for short, is DAR’s online genealogical portal. Here you will find collections of databases DAR has made available online. These include our Ancestor Database, Member Database, Descendants Database, DAR Library Catalog, DAR Genealogical Records Committee database and a couple of others. The databases are arranged on separate tabs to make navigation easier.
Information in the first three databases is derived from approved DAR member-related applications. Each database is cross-linked. For example, if you search in the Descendants Database, the results will eventually lead you to both the Member Database and the Ancestor Database, seamlessly. Before you start searching, we recommend that you spend a few minutes reading the Overview & Help Section located on the Ancestor Database tab. This page will provide much more detailed information on using this database. We encourage you pay special attention to the section, Spelling of Ancestor Name.
For security reasons, searching the Member Database is limited to searching by the National Number—the membership number. If you do not know this number, then try searching in the Descendants Database. This is a transcription of every name on the lineage portion of each approved application. You can search by anyone in the lineage, not just the patriot ancestor or the member. There is also an Advanced Search that will allow you to search jointly by husband and wife. The name spellings will be as they are spelled on the application so you may need to be creative. If you have trouble locating information that you think should be there, you may want to speak with someone in your DAR chapter. They may be able to help you find the information.
The Genealogical Records Committee is a DAR committee whose objective is to create reports of genealogical valuable information. These could be Bible records, marriage records, wills, deeds, obituaries or a variety of other records. The images are not available online; however, there is an all-name index to the reports. The index is not quite complete as new reports are added annually. There is an Overview of the GRC Index, so please refer to it for more information.
The Resources tab includes links to our Analytical Card Index, our Revolutionary Pension Index, and The Forgotten Patriots research guide. The first two have their own Overview so please refer to those for more information on their contents and how to search. The Resources Tab also includes links to various genealogical websites.
The DAR Library’s catalog is available online and works like most online catalogs. Please refer to the Tips for Using the DAR Library Catalog Online for more help.
Finally, the Record Copy tab explains how to order copies of approved DAR applications.