Marriage Record – John Hill and Eva Huff

This is one of the documents I needed to submit with my mother-in-law’s application to DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).  John A. Hill and Eva Huff are His 2x-Great-Grandparents.

If you look closely at record #368, you will notice that John A. Hill’s name is Jno Huff in the second part of the document.  Now I know that Jno can mean John, but it usually means Jonathan.  (I mean, really, how hard would it be to write John vs Jno??)  His last name gets changed in the process as well – Hill becomes Huff.

Another inconsistency is in the name of the wife – Eva Huff becomes Eva Hough.

Thankfully, I have death certificates for both John and Eva.  They name each other as spouse.  Eva’s death certificate names her father as Townsend B. Huff.  I’m hopeful that DAR will accept this!  I can hear them now – but how do you know this Eva Hough is the same Eva Huff you are related to???

No wonder I had such a hard time finding this using search engines!!  Remember that alternate spellings have an interesting way of showing up – even in a single document.


DAR Applications

I just finished the supplemental applications for a DAR member!  Feeling so accomplished!  Sure hope it doesn’t get rejected by the staff genealogist!

In DAR, the registrar is the primary person you contact if you want to submit an application (initial or supplemental).  Since I finished the 4 DAR genealogy courses recently, she asked if I would be willing to help as part of the Membership Committee.  I would be providing help to new or current members with their applications.

My first lady was already a member.  She was wanting to add supplemental applications for possibly 3 patriots.  The first 2 were very straight forward – the patriots in question were the father and father-in-law of her original application patriot.  They were already proven links to her patriot.  WIN!  I was responsible for filling out the application, sending it to the registrar for a look over, and then off it goes!  I added commas to page 2 – evidently that’s a big NO NO now.  The DAR Genealogy Guidelines booklet on page 27 states commas are optional, but I was asked to remove them since someone had an application returned for having commas recently.  REALLY?!? No commas?!?

Patriot #3 was the challenge.  The member assumed this potential patriot was theirs since another member has this patriot as well as the same patriot as her initial one.  After about 6 hours of research, I can not find a link to this other patriot.  I feel bad telling her he isn’t her patriot.  Hopefully she will find more information on a different patriot.  She doesn’t seem to want to do any of the research herself.  Unfortunately, I’m not a free unlimited resource for her research.  I’m willing to spend some time, but not to go looking for more supplementals for someone.  If this were a prospective member, I might be willing to help a little more.

DAR Genealogy Course

I’ve been asked by my local DAR chapter to join the Volunteer Genealogist Committee.

My first question:  Do you think I’m ready to help others??  Response from the Registrar: You are more prepared than just about any other member and you don’t even have any courses completed.

My second question:  What courses are you talking about??  Response:  DAR offers 3 online courses for members to train committee members (or any member) to help prospective members complete their paperwork.  You would also be helping other members add patriots to their membership.

So on Friday night, I began looking into completing the courses.  There are 3 “required” courses if you want to be considered a Volunteer Genealogist.  Saturday morning I registered for course#1.  There were 7 lessons and a quiz at the end of each lesson.  Passing the lesson requires a score of 9/10 on the quiz – and many of the quiz questions require you to analyze a document written in the 1700’s or 1800’s.

Sunday afternoon saw the completion of course 1!!!  I was surprised how much I knew – I’ve never taken a genealogy related course before.  My hubby says I’m good at researching anything and that I pay attention to details.  Guess that trait has paid off.

Now I wait patiently for the second course to be available!

Let’s see where this committee position takes me!

DAR course 1 completion pic