Tuesday, May 5, 2015

DAR Collaborates with AncestryK12 to Bring Family History Resources to the Classroom

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is proud to announce a new collaboration with the AncestryK12 program to help bring family history resources to classrooms. Working together, AncestryK12 and DAR will provide educators with greater access and visibility to detailed information about participants in the American Revolution and their descendants using the DAR’s Genealogical Research System (GRS).

“For 125 years, DAR has passionately worked to advance our founding objectives of historic preservation, education and patriotism,” said Lynn Young, DAR President General. “As part of our commitment to making family research materials more readily available to the public, we couldn’t be more thrilled to team up with AncestryK12 to advance our shared goals to bring family history resources to the classrooms.”

DAR was founded in 1890 as a women’s lineage and service organization to perpetuate the memory and spirit of Revolutionary War patriots who contributed to securing American independence. As part of the application process to join the DAR, women provide a detailed account of their family history connecting them to an ancestor that aided the cause of freedom during the American Revolution. Close to 1 million women have joined the DAR in its 125 years in existence and the myriad of genealogical information that has been amassed from their verified family histories has resulted in more than 20 million genealogical documents. The DAR Genealogical Research System (www.dar.org/GRS ) is a resource provided by the DAR that is the result of an extensive 10 year digitization project that gathers these many materials amassed by the organization since its founding into a collection of databases available to the public online for free to aid general genealogical research.

AncestryK12 offers a no-cost program for K-12 schools to have access to family history documents online. Schools interested in bringing Ancestry.com to their classrooms may register online for access at www.ancestryk12.com. In coordination with the AncestryK12 program, DAR will help educate students and teachers on how to access these extensive databases to explore the lives of soldiers and others who contributed to securing American independence during the Revolutionary War.

“We are thrilled to work with the Daughters of the American Revolution to bring more Revolutionary War records into classrooms across the country,” said Brian Hansen, Vice President of Emerging Businesses, Ancestry. “Classroom exposure to the historical details from the life and times of our ancestors not only teaches us about them, but also provides a greater understanding of who we are and characteristics we’ve inherited.”

In addition to its renowned genealogical collection, the DAR is also active across the country in educating youth and supports a variety of different programs, contests, awards, and scholarships to help further this goal. Many educational resources and information about DAR education programs can be accessed through the DAR website at www.dar.org/education. Through the AncestryK12 collaboration, DAR will be able to provide greater visibility and access to these online resources pertaining to the American Revolutionary War, family history and genealogy, the colonial period and early America.

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