This page describes notes what information is required and
what is desirable (but not required), notes what sorts of documentation
are usually acceptable and usually not accepted, shows what a typical application
and its documentation look like, and shows how we mark up documentation
to help with the chapter, state, and national reviews of the application.
If you have already read this first part, you may go to Filling Out Side 2
First, the application has space for the patriot's name (required) and a description of the service rendered to the cause of independence (required):
The Patriot's Name and Service
When listing the service it is helpful to include specific dates,
places, and battles, but do this only if they are given in the
documentation that you are submitting.
Unfortunately there is a very limited space to write the details of service.
There is space at the bottom of the back side to list one or more references
that support the name and service.
Second, there is space for listing your children. This is not shown here because the format requires no explanation and the data are not required for submitting an application.
Next there are lines to list your lineage back to the patriot (starting with yourseslf). The names of people in the direct line are required. The maiden surname of a wife (and documentation to support this) is required only if the wife is in the direct line back to the patriot - that is if she is a direct descendant of the patriot.
Fig. 2 -- Application Lines for Lineage (Bloodline)
Note that the SAR requires only on the single lineage leading back
to your patriot ancestor (with some basic information about the spouses
if that is available).
For the purposes of completing the application any information about
other ancestors or other children of any of your direct line is irrelevant.
Help your helper by sending him what you have for the names, dates, and places shown on the application. You don't have to wait until you have it all; send what you have. The places are described as town / county / state. For places outside the U.S. give the town, the larger unit which maintains public records, and the nation. You need not include the county names (unless you have that information); your helper can find the county for that town from books or Web sites. Figure 2 shows several ways to list an unknown date, town, or county:
Note that the sample applicant's grandmother (Gen 3) was in the DAR, so her DAR number is entered on the application. Note also that the patriot ancestor was married several times and the lineage decendant for the sample applicant was the son of wife #3. You don't need to specify the wife # unless the person had several wives. For some reason we don't have a place for husband #, but you should note in the reference section if the wife had several husbands.
If you do not know the date or place, leave the line blank, but provide as much as you can so as to help later researchers. You needn't worry at this point about providing documentation for the places and dates. We shall deal with that later in the process.
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