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Re: Revolutionary War and Other Questions
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Several African American women, the actual number is unknown, have joined D.A.R. I am a genealogist there and I verify the membership applications. I can tell you that unless the applicant makes her racial identity known, we have no way of knowing. We also don't keep records of that sort, unless again, there is a special reason for doing so. For example, if we host a lecture on patriots of color, and a member who descends from a black or indian patriot speaks, then the racial heritage is evident.
Although the organization published a book identifying some of the men of color who served, I've not found any large groups of people who can trace back that far. I maintain a small file of materials as I find them on patriots of color, hoping to eventually create a collection that would supplement the initial work done by the society. Because we are not a research organization, we are limited in the types of projects we initiate and complete. Individual chapters might decide to launch research/publication projects, but the scope varies and often is geared towards the interests of the members.
If you are interested in joining, I would encourage you to do so. The procedure for doing so would be to locate a chapter in the area where you live and ask them to help you initiate the membership process. Some people don't want to participate in chapter activities, but simply want to be become members. We have an "at large" status for such individuals. I couldn't tell your gender by your user name, but if you are 18 or older and female, you are eligible to apply. Since the person you've identified received a pension, proving his service won't be difficult. Your main task would be to document your connection to him.
As for FPOC connections, I am connected to several families in New York, Virginia and North Carolina. Interestingly enough, they connect to one another at different times, yet somehow end up in the same places. I am compiling data on one community in Norfolk, Virginia, and hope to connect members of that community to others as they migrated away from the city. I'm tracing them from the late 18th century to the 20th century.
I have also come into contact with distant cousins here. We've been able to fill in some blanks and uncover details we wouldn't have otherwise discovered. Unfortunately few people from the areas I'm researching post on Afrigeneas, so I pretty much come here to learn something new and occasionally comment or assist other researchers.
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