DAR genealogist to conduct historical society workshop

MIFFLINTOWN -Noted genealogist and author Deborah White Hershey will be the featured speaker at a genealogy workshop on July 26 in Mifflintown.

The General Thomas Mifflin Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is cosponsoring the workship with the Juniata County Historical Society.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the community room and the archives of the Juniata County Historical Society in the lower level of the Juniata County Library, Jefferson Street, Mifflintown.

The morning session will include a presentation on “Today’s DAR” and an overview of the application process for DAR membership.

During the afternoon participants may talk one-on-one with Hershey, and use the Juniata County Historical Society’s archives for research.

Hershey is an internationally known author, as well as a 32-year member of the NSDAR. She owns her own genealogy company, Generations Remembered, and works diligently on application papers for DAR, Sons of the Revolution, First Families of Pennsylvania, Daughters of the American Colonist, and Sons of the American Colonists.

Hershey has completed the NSDAR Genealogy Consultant Course, and has a certificate in family history from Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, Utah.

She is a member of the Harrisburg Chapter, NSDAR, and has held several state level positions in the organization.

Her last visit to the area resulted in the addition of four new local DAR members descended from Revolutionary soldiers or war supporters who found assistance and encouragement from Hershey.

Historical society President Audrey Sizelove approached the patriotic group last fall about cosponsoring the workshop to assist local history enthusiasts in finding out how to document lineages and find the supporting proofs that groups such as the DAR, SAR, and CAR (Children of the Revolution) accept and base membership upon.

The DAR was founded on Oct. 11, 1890, by an Act of Congress and now boasts 165,000 members with chapters around the world.

The goal of these women is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.

More than 200 years ago, brave American patriots fought and sacrificed for the freedoms enjoyed today. Any woman 18 or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove descent from a patriot, male or female, of the American Revolution is eligible. The ancestor need not have been a soldier to qualify for DAR membership, but includes those who supported the war effort financially, materially or by other means.

The DAR members honor and preserve the legacy of their patriot ancestors. The majority of the significant work of the DAR is performed at the local level by members of local chapters who plan programs and initiatives, participate in volunteer service projects, monthly meetings and coordinate national committee projects.

For more information, call Regent Nora Houser at 527-4296, the Juniata County Historical Society at 436-5152, or visit the DAR website at www.dar.org/membership.