Is was just by coincidence that i found this project, for I'm always curious to have examples from other people how to deal with things in life. So I thought this was a project to find women who had relation in one way or the other with revolution. Here in Europe lots of people of my age -I was born in 1951, just after my father came back from Sumatra, where he had to guide a big bataljon GENIE-soldiers- have parents who never told one single word about what happened during those days from 1940 till 1950 and after that everyone was busy trying to get a new life again. Now most of that generation is not in this world anylonger and a lot of daughters and sons are full with questions never to be answered. In that respect I tried to visit the DAR-website, but that gives only an explanation when you have enough time to study a book....
So I looked for the profiles attached, but that was not informative either, for I only found some women in a big list of men: Elizabeth Whitehead, Mary Molly Harding, Jane van Cleve~Cleave an a Valentine Ault jr. So, what is the purpose of this project? Thank you for taking your time to answer, for I think it might be an example of how to cope with things here, Asia or Afrika after all those revolutions there, but I'm not sure of my interpretation. groetUnu, jMu.
Dear jMu: From what I understand, the DAR is composed of female decendants of participants in the American Revolution which took place here during the late 1700s, when Americans were fighting for their freedom from Great Britain. The American Revolution was the birth of demoncracy in this world as the drafters of our Constitution spent months (over the summer) of 1787, after we had won our freedom.
I was born in 1938 and we, the children, here in America were fortunate in that we did not have the ravages of war in our country. We were accutely aware; however, of the suffering of the world as our fathers, brothers and uncles were 'away' in the war fighting to keep the world safe and free for all of us. We dismissed the shortages here, knowing that the many of other children in the world were going through so much worse.
Our fathers did not take about the war either. War is unnatural and hard. They wanted to forget the hardships and have their children enjoy the peace for which they fought. You still have time to seek out older people in your own community, both men and woman, who were adults during the war, who may answer your questions. Each may have a different prospectives to offer, but I suspect that the underlying seniment will be that they want to forget those difficult times. However, in collectively remembering, hopefully we will strive to make this world a better place. When you see the turmoil today, you shutter. Be well.
Jeannette, The Daughters of the American Revolution is a charitable organization that requires members be women over 18 able to prove descent from an American soldier who served honorably in the Revolution. Profiles in this project can be members of the organization, soldiers of the Revolution, or ancestors of members who are also descendants of the soldiers.
Thank you both, Dorothy & Catherine, for you answers. I myself am -in a very intimate collaboration/cooperation with an very black African women from Congo-DRC making progress to develop -step-by-step- a way of helping little African boys & girls without fathers or mothers alive -or suffering from AIDS- and no shelter nor uncles/aunts to nourish and 'clean' them after fighting in the bush under revolutionists with weapons bought with our investement money, who forced them to kill their family-members & take drugs not to feel truth anylonger.
Very many African man adults in the age between 15 en 25 leave their mothers & sisters and are nowadays trying to sail or swim over the Mediterranean to reach a Europe -that tries to close there borders very tight, for the Euro is more/less than a Dollar, and that's important too...- to find a better future outside their beautiful contingent, that now is being bought by Chinese investors.... So big war is big money nowadays, not 'eer & wraak' like in those days maybe. It makes me sad to write about it, but that's my drive to contribute to geni. groetunu, jeannette.
ps. see also the project about Kimbanguism.
DAR also has chapters outside the 50 states. It not only is also for descendents of those who fought but for those who made significant contributions of various kinds such as those who surveyed roads, supplied troups or gave financial aid.
DAR members not only try to honor and keep the memory of their Patriot ancestors but continue to work on the principles that were started.
"For more than a century, the members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution have dedicated themselves to historical preservation, promotion of education, and encouragement of patriotic endeavor. These goals are as relevant in today's society as they were when the organization was founded in 1890. "
And for those who were wondering, there is also an organization for the Sons of the American Revolution, and of course, the Children of the American Revolution.
Thank you Sisters!
I wandered in tonight because I'm reading about the Milford, CT chapter of the Connecticut DAR which is named for my 5th great grandmother, Freelove Stowe, wife of Capt. Stephen Stowe Martyr of Milford and a hero of the Revolutionary War.
I'm not sure how to add various profiles of relatives and ancestors who I have come across in collecting my family tree on Geni, but there are a lot of them. I find them normally in Massachusetts or Connecticut DAR lists.
So hello, and when I figure out how to do it and have the time, I'll contribute some profiles.
I am wondering whether some content from this discussion or elsewhere could usefully be added to the project front page - which currently would not help anyone who doesn't know the DAR concept. Someone who may also know very little about the Revolution.
A start would be Erin's words above:
"The Daughters of the American Revolution is a charitable organization that requires members be women over 18 able to prove descent from an American soldier who served honorably in the Revolution. Profiles in this project can be members of the organization, soldiers of the Revolution, or ancestors of members who are also descendants of the soldiers."
And more ....?
Perhaps showcase some soldiers on the front page? Some famous descendants? Some context and history of the Revolution?