my first cousin has made the application and now just needs to prove it all. My father passed in 1999 but prior to that he took up the "hobby" of the family genealogy after he retired. He met a second cousin and the two created a very nice family history and tree back for many generations. Most of it was done the hard way...hours in library's scouring books and old microfilms. He has vast binders of stuff and we, his family, have a lovely printed spiral bound book with the gleanings of his work.
For some reason, around the beginning of the year...I got the bug. I cannot say I remember what tripped me into it all but now I am hooked. It is a little like golf...17 holes of frustration and then in one shot you are sucked right back in and loving it. And then my cousin said she was going to try to get into the DAR - a Connecticut yankee who moved to Kentucky after marriage. Lots of work has now gone into it...we both want our family patriarch to get the attention and recognition he deserves. Israel Davis joined the fighting in the French and Indian War when he was 17. He worked his way to Captain and fought in most of the big battles (wins and losses). Yet it was information not really spelled out in my fathers work.The internet has made my digging very valuable.
My cousin and I know we can get in to the DAR via at least one other family line, I can get in because of one line in my mother's tree half. But there will come a satisfaction knowing that our last name is recognized and recorded. I think my Dad would have loved it!