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DAR Researchers Begin Historic Collaboration with Family History Library
 

DAR Researchers Begin Historic Collaboration with Family History Library

SALT LAKE CITY — Genealogical researchers from across the country will arrive in Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday, August 15, 2005, for the first annual “DAR Week at the Family History Library.” Members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and staff of the Family History Library will guide attendees through the available resources of two of the largest genealogical libraries in the world.

“I feel so honored to be able to help facilitate this conference,” said Utah DAR State Regent Diane Tarbox. “When I approached the Family History Center with the idea, they were so receptive and they quickly dedicated this week to helping our members navigate their library.”

“These two libraries have collections that are mutually beneficial,” says Joni Crane.  As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Crane is excited to introduce the staff of the Family History Library to the DAR’s Genealogical Records Committee indexing project, which in many ways parallels the LDS Church’s Extraction Program.  As a member of DAR, Crane say she is  “excited to see the doors of the Family History Center opened so graciously to her fellow researchers.”

DAR Week will begin with George Ott of Heritage Consulting presenting Getting the Most Out of Your U.S. Research at the FHL, and will be followed by a week of classes provided by the Family History Library.  Some classes specific to DAR researchers will be U. S. Military Records 1776-1840, Early U.S. Censuses 1790-1840: They’re Better than You Think, and U.S. Migration Trails Before 1860.

The Utah Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a strong supporter of the Salt Lake Family History Library. Last year, the Bear River Chapter, DAR presented Richard Turley, Director of the Family History Department in Salt Lake City, with the DAR Historic Preservation Medal.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children.  Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. With more than 168,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. It is also the publisher of American Spirit magazine. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.DAR.org.

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