Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday's Tip: Check the U.S.D. 1812 Ancestor Database

During this year of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, why not find out if you had an ancestor who served in the military or performed other worthwhile service at the time of the War? One way to do this is to visit the ancestor database of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812.

From the homepage, select Ancestor Database from the top navbar (click to enlarge any of the images).

 
Enter your ancestor's name in the search box. You can also include more information, but in my opinion it's always best to start your search with a wide net. In this example, I searched for my ancestor Leroy Taylor by using only his name.

If a member of U.S.D. 1812 has previously applied for membership referencing your ancestor, that ancestor's name should show up in the results box.

When you click on the name in the results box, you will get a screen listing the information known by U.S.D. 1812 about your ancestor, including the spouse's name (if known) and the patriot's child through which the member applied. Depending on how old the application is, some of the information may be incorrect, as it is here for Leroy Taylor.

Unfortunately, I don't know for certain if you can get a copy of the application referencing your ancestor, but my guess is yes. I could not find a definite answer anywhere on the web site.

If your ancestor is listed - and you're a woman* - consider honoring him/her by applying for membership in the U.S.D. 1812. Click on the Membership link from the top navbar for more information. Most of the state societies, including California, have a web site where you can find a list of local chapters; click the States/Chapters link to find one near you, or fill out the Membership Interest Form.

*Men: please visit the General Society of the War of 1812 (no database, sorry).

If you live in the California Tri-County area of Ventura, Santa Barbara, or San Luis Obispo, please note that we are in the beginning stages of forming a chapter in this area. Please contact me for information.

Good luck searching for your War of 1812 ancestor!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

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Mariann Regan said...

I will check this out! I didn't know this database was so handy, and you've given very helpful information. Thanks!