I had the opportunity to visit the DAR Library and National Headquarters a few weeks ago when I attended the FGS 2019 Conference (https://fgs.org/) in Washington, D.C.
I was curious about the DAR building and I found this video about the DAR Library a few days ago on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5sseNwVPxPg. At about 2:42 into the video, the narrator is talking about the history of the growth of the DAR library collection saying: “The most valuable sources for this expanding collection were the Daughters. Members generously donated the histories and records of their ancestors.
When DAR State and Chapter Librarian positions were created, even more resources poured in. A healthy competition between Chapters and States developed, as they attempted to out-do one another with the number of books they donated. Local Chapters began searching old cemeteries for headstones of patriots and submitting transcriptions from those headstones as well as other local records to expand the variety and wealth of resources of the collection.”
DAR Library in Washington, D.C.:
Shortly after watching that video, I was working on organizing our Niagara County collection of books in our own NCGS library. I couldn’t believe my surprise when I came across a book titled, Cemetery Records, Niagara Falls Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Niagara Falls, New York (March 1937). Just like the video mentioned, here was a book of cemetery transcriptions put together by a local DAR chapter! I wonder if they sent a copy of this book to the DAR Headquarters in Washington, D.C.!
According the index, the contents of the book include:Dickersonville (Ridge Rd) CemeteryFilmore (At East Porter – Town of) CemeteryHosmer (Lake Rd.) CemeteryLewiston (Town of Lewiston) CemeteryPekin (Old Cemetery) CemeteryRansomville (Town) CemeteryTower (Tower Corners) CemeteryYoungstown Cemetery
What is so wonderful about a cemetery transcription book like this, is that it was done many years ago (1937) and that the headstones that they transcribed may no longer be there or legible today.
If you’d like to look through our many cemetery books including this Cemetery Records one, please visit our NCGS Library. Our library is located on the 2nd floor of the Niagara County Historical Society located at 215 Niagara St., Lockport, NY 14094 and we are open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 – 4:45pm.
Our library is in need of volunteer librarians. Please contact Jeanette at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more!
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Contributor: Jeanette Sheliga of Lockport NY is Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society, Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club and a member of APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists)