Once you have identified your Patriot, you will need to trace your direct lineage with documentation.
Members of the Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter, NSDAR, share a common interest in historical research and ancestral lineage discovery. Genealogy skill levels vary considerably from novice to professional. Joining our chapter does not require an interest in genealogy, but it helps to have some knowledge of one’s ancestry. At the very least, you will need to gather documents for yourself, your parents, grandparents, and possibly great-grandparents.
Start with a simple pedigree or genealogy chart and fill it out with all the information you have. Speak with relatives, look online, and visit libraries and archives for county and state records.
What kinds of documents should you look for in your search? Birth, death, marriage certificates, census records, and other official documents are some of the ways to prove lineage.
Our chapter has volunteers who can assist you with your research. Feel free to contact us to get started.
In addition to the resources above, the DAR national site provides a genealogical research system which can assist in finding already proven descendants of proven Patriots.