DAR Grows Younger

Dar Grows Younger, an article by Jennifer Shapiro in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, discusses how Daughters of the American Revolution, one of the oldest national genealogical societies in the US, is bringing in younger members. It was kind of a surprise to me, because of the DAR chapters I’ve been around, it seems like most of the women were in their 60s and 70s, but from looking around, it does appear that more women in their 30s and 40s are joining. This is good news, because DAR has done a lot for genealogy, and a lot of the older genealogy organizations have almost passed into obscurity.

Excerpts from the aritcle:

“The Wellington chapter is one of the newer chapters in the state. On average, the age tends to be the youngest,” said Matyskiel, who lives west of Lake Worth. “Members are usually in their early 70s or late 60s. We are much younger. Most of us are still working, and a lot are in the school system.”
Symanek, a DAR member for 10 years, said she joined the Jonathan Dickinson Chapter in Delray Beach because she had always been interested in genealogy.

“My great-grandmother’s second cousin joined in 1927, and I always had a copy of her application and it’s always been a dream of mine,” she said.

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