22 May 2015
Mom's Membership, Complete
First of all, with the DAR, you really have to prove every fact that you put on your pedigree chart. If you "know" that someone's name was John James Doe, you need to prove it. If you records only ever give the middle initial of 'J,' well, that's what you'll have to put on the form. So the fact that mom's grandmother, Auline, was called Arlene by her 2nd husband, complete with a Death Certificate and Headstone that read Arlene, created issues. In order to have her name properly recorded on Mom's application and in the DAR database, I transcribed an interview I'd previously recorded with my great-aunt where she discussed her mom's name. We then had my mom, who conducted the interview, get the the transcription notarized.
Moving back through her tree, we had a few places where the documents that I had needed to be reviewed and evaluated to see if they were good enough. I discovered a few places where I didn't have the documents that I thought I had, though I had others that served as proof. For example, I don't have the death certificate of my Great-Great Grandmother, Nina Sprouse Albea. I do have her obit and social security application, but was surprised to not have her DC.
Possibly the most uncertain aspect of Mom's application was the son of the Patriot. Previously, all DAR applicants had gone through Samuel's son, William, who also served and had a pension. We were going through Samuel's son, John. John is listed in Samuel's will as John Armstrong. However, in all other documents he is listed as John H Armstrong. Since there was a name variation, our registrar felt that we would need to show that John and John H were the same person. She wrote an analysis, evaluating all John Armstrongs in the area and detailed a theory on the addition of the middle initial after our John became guardian to a younger John Armstrong.
In another couple weeks, Mom will have her membership number and her lineage will be added to the database. She's very happy to be a full member and to take part in this fantastic service organization.