My grandpa, Alphonso James Thornton, Jr. served in the Marine Corps during WWII. He is on the right.
I am very excited to be starting the process of joining the DAR. I finally put in an inquiry and got the ball rolling.
A very sweet and helpful 91 year old lady contacted me and I will be meeting with her in the next couple of weeks so that she can go over the paperwork with me. I can’t wait to meet her!
I have at least 5 ancestors that qualify (and I’m sure more that I don’t know of yet). So, I have to decide which ancestor to use for my application.
I had originally thought that I was going to use Patrick Cavit, on my father’s side, but I recently changed my mind and have decided that I’m going to go with Nathan Britton/Nathaniel Brittain – on my mother’s side.
Just this past week, another Brittain researcher contacted me and she happens to be going through the DAR application process also. So, I’m happy to have someone else who is using the same line as I am (at least for a few of the generations.)
Here is my DAR line that I will be using:
Nathaniel Britton/Brittain (who died in 1776 in VA while in service)
Milton Price Brittain
Mathilda Jane Brittain
Theodore Francis Sanchez
Donald Arthur Sanchez (my grandfather)
Have any of you joined the DAR? How long did the process take before you became a member? I know that it’s going to take some hard work getting all of the copies of needed proof, but it will definitely be worth it in the end!!
My Papa, Alphonso Thornton, Jr., served in the Marine Corps during WWII on board the USS Cabot. It was hit by a kamikaze on 25 Nov 1944 and he was wounded (although I’m not sure what his injuries actually were. I need to remember to ask my dad about that).
He received the Purple Heart. My dad has it now along with this newspaper clipping.
I’m a multitasker – much to my husband’s chagrin.
For some reason it bugs him that I fold laundry while I watch TV, type while I hold a conversation with him, or gab on the phone while I’m doing dishes. I personally think that he’s just jealous, because he can only do one measly little thing at a time.
I have to admit though that my genealogy multitasking sometimes gets me into trouble.
It causes me to search databases that I’ve already looked through. And I tend to not get very much done on any specific line.
I’ve decided that when it comes to family history, I need to just focus. Focus on one line or one family group until I feel like I’ve exhausted my resources and then move on to another.
It goes against my very nature, but I believe that it will help me in getting some more research done. Because honestly, lately I haven’t been delving very deeply into any one line and it makes it harder for me to “get into it”.
I like it when I am deep into research and I’m constantly thinking about that family – coming up with new ideas about how to find information.
When I’m concentrating on that one “problem”, I tend to eventually have some sort of an “aha” moment and I end up breaking through a brick wall. I also have an easier time keeping track of where I’ve searched before when I have been working on the same problem for weeks.
Now I just need to decide which line to start with!!