WASHINGTON, D.C. – The DAR Library has begun a new series of publications that focus on research in each of the original states during the period of the American Revolution. These studies will be offered as downloadable PDF documents and not as printed volumes. Purchasers will be able to download the entire text of each publication for use on their home computer or laptop.
New York State in the American Revolution: A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians, compiled by DAR Library Director Eric G. Grundset, is now available as the first in the series of these research source guides. South Carolina and Virginia volumes will follow, and, in the next two years, source guides on the remaining states will appear. The series is designed to provide detailed information on the availability of manuscript and archival material that exists for each state for the period of the Revolutionary War, along with listings of historical and genealogical studies that have been published and which supplement the original sources.
In many ways, these source guides will be very large expansions of the sections on each state that appeared in an earlier DAR publication, Is That Service Right? For example, the New York section in that older publication was only a few pages long, whereas the new source guide on New York is over 700 pages in length.
While DAR Library employees are collecting information and writing the text, they are also incorporating listings of materials identified by the DAR Office of the Registrar General (Genealogy Department) as being useful for establishing the Revolutionary Service of individuals in military and civil records. When possible, the guides’ researchers are enlisting the assistance of recognized authorities at state archives or historical societies to review the contents before actual publication.
The New York volume PDF is now available to purchase for $25 plus tax from the DAR Store Online at www.dar.org/darstore. Add the book to your shopping cart as you would any other item from the online store. Once your payment is verified, you will receive an email with a special download link to the PDF of the book.
For more information on DAR Library publications visit, www.dar.org/librarypublications.
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The DAR Library is one of the largest genealogical research centers in the United States. Since its founding in 1896, the library has grown into a specialized collection of American genealogical and historical manuscripts and publications and recently added powerful on-site ancestry databases to its collection. The DAR Library collection contains over 220,000 books, 20,000 research files, thousands of manuscript items, and special collections on Native American, African American and women’s history, genealogy and culture. Nearly 30,000 family histories and genealogies comprise a major portion of the book collection, many of which are unique or available in only a few libraries in the country. The DAR Library, located at 1776 D St. NW, is open to the public for a $6 research fee Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The DAR Library is closed Sundays, Federal holidays, and for one week during the DAR annual meeting during the summer. For more information on the DAR Library, visit www.dar.org/library or call (202) 879-3229.