I heard back from the local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) regarding my membership questions. They were able to provide me information regarding fees and dues, as well as on an upcoming meeting. I hope to attend, but since I work weekends I might not be able to make it. I sent a pedigree chart (using the DAR form) to the chapter's registrar, and she's going to look at my patriot ancestor and help me decide if I need to send off for any records held by the DAR.
Until I can meet with the Registrar, I'm working on organizing my documentation. Just like when writing out a biography or sketch of an ancestor, this process is helping me realize what documents I'm missing. For example, I have my PawPaw's (paternal grandfather) death certificate, but I've never scanned it. Well I have now!
Having recently used Evernote to help plan my upcoming vacation, I decided to use the program to organize my DAR application documents. I've created a Notebook called "DAR - John Cash" and individual Notes for each ancestor. I'm numbering the generations, starting with myself as #1. Couples get an "A" or "B," with "A" going to the ancestor directly descended from my patriot ancestor.
In each Note, I'm attaching a copy of each document, as well as a summary of the information contained in that document. Here's a screenshot of what this all looks like:
I'm sure the DAR is going to want paper copies (although I don't know, maybe I can email all the documents?), and this is really for my own benefit and for meeting with the Registrar. All images saved in the Note can be opened up using Preview (or any other image view application) and are saved elsewhere on my computer.
I'm happy that my DAR application is moving forward and will post more when I know it.