25 March 2015

Daughters of the American Revolution

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I am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  It wasn't my idea, my Great Aunt Florence Oliver Leach started researching our ancestors in the 60s/70s.  Do you know how hard that was?  I know that she actually went to cemeteries to see if she could find certain relatives, and tried to piecemeal the family tree by hand.  She wrote many letters, all over the United States when she would get a lead, she'd contact someone by phone or letter, or sometimes, by driving to see them.  She completed almost the whole family tree, with some critical holes, which kept her from achieving Daughter status in her lifetime.

I received her packet of information in 90s and decided to tackle it in 2006.  Within three months I had found the relative that Sissy was missing (our favorite name for her) because I had the internet and various sources that made researching a breeze in comparison to her journey.  It still took some time to get the specific documentation that the DAR requests but after about two years I was able to send in my paperwork, thanks to a godly woman in Jefferson City who has "the touch" when it comes to DAR paperwork.  She got my papers in order and we sent them off.  It took about four weeks for verification and then I got my certificate!

Terri Steffes DAR

Once I was "in" it was easy to provide Ashley's birth certificate and now she is a member, or rather, can be a member if she chooses.  My sister and aunt could easily become members, too, but alas, not my mother, because all the work was done on my dad's side of the family.

I found it completely fascinating that my ancestor's last name was Oliver.  That name lasted through all the generations except mine.  Richard Oliver served in North Carolina in the American Revolution.  He served for three years and stopped and then something made him sign up again for two more years.  We know he received a pension for his work.

I am a member of the Saint Charles (Missouri) chapter now, am serving as historian for my chapter.  I am excited about the opportunities to serve our veterans and our country in this small way.  If you are interested in finding out if you have an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War, go to http://www.dar.org/


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