DAR Database  This link will take you directly into the search system; you need not be a member to use these records.  An overview of the different databases available and how to use them is provided.

The “Descendants” tab will allow you to see the proven genealogical lineages as written.  In most cases, the DAR will accept a reference to any application as documentation; you do not need to order the record copy to see the genealogy. Ordering a record copy will, however, allow you to see what proof was used. Web

Ancestry offers a short-term, free, trial membership.  Once the trial membership period is complete, an annual subscription fee is charged. has a large collection of records including military records; passenger lists; birth, marriage, and death records; divorce records; family trees, both public and private; census records; obituaries, and much more.

Roots Web  The "Family Tree" tab will let you browse the notes and research uploaded by millions of users.  The trees themselves are not proof of anything, and there are errors; however, you may find valuable clues. Researchers who submitted trees may have transcribed documents into their notes, along with publication data. Those transcriptions may be accepted as proof.  Note that you found it on Roots Web, along with the URL.

Family Search

Family Search  Looking under the “Search Records” tab ­for “Record Search Pilot” will will take you to records and/or actual documents, such as marriage certificates, birth certificates, etc. Everything found here is acceptable documentation for the DAR.

Family Search Wiki Database  To use this site, search for a location in which you are interested (Example: San Diego County, California, USA). You will find a list of resources that can be researched about that location.  This is a fairly new resource, and many locations may not have much listed.  Keep checking.

Bureau of Land Management 

BLM Land Grant or Land Purchase Records  Records and images of original papers for people with land grants or purchases from the Federal Government. Purchases between private individuals are not included.  Search for “Land Patents.”


Cemetery Readings and Records  Volunteer cemetery readings, sometimes with photos and notes. Please note that the headstone record is considered documentation of date of death not location (body may have been moved). Additional notes are not considered acceptable documentation but may be valuable clues in your search.

Federal Cemetery Records  As with Find-A-Grave, federal cemetery records are proof of date of death and place of burial but are not proof of place of death.

Death Indexes

Death Indexes  You will find links to sites in each state.  Most of these records are death related: obituaries, coroners’ reports and, in some cases, death certificates.

Social Security Death Index  The Social Security Death Index is available online.


GenWeb  Select a state and find the county in which you wish to do research. These sites are run by volunteers, and the quality varies.  Some counties may have images of all land records available, or of will transcriptions; other counties may not have such complete records.