San Fernando Valley Chapter

San Fernando, California

Each application or supplemental must identify a direct line from you to your patriot. It is necessary to prove birth, marriage, death and parent/child links for each generation.  

The registrar can assist you in identifying the line to a patriot and the documents needed for the application. You may need to provide very little documentation or you may need to provide all of the documentation.

Remember: You do not have to subscribe to expensive sites/services to obtain the needed documents.  If you find something on a pay site and cannot obtain it without a subscription, talk to the registrar.  She may be able to obtain it for you at no cost.

The following links may help you in your research:    

Always check the DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) first.  You will also find a list of resources there as well.

There are many genealogical society library collections that may also be helpful. The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) also has a new catalog online (books only at this time) and a variety of items in their library. They are a Family History Center so films ordered from FamilySearch may be sent and viewed there. 

Use search engines, such as www.google.com, to locate information on your ancestors or their locations.

Paid/Free

Website

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Paid

www.fold3.com

Some content is free to view.  Specializes in military records

Paid

www.ancestry.com

Available in most libraries but may have limitation.  All types of records.

Free

www.familysearch.org

Many types of records.  Can order films to borrow from a Family History Center.

Free

www.findagrave.com

Cemetery search.  Headstone photos are accepted.

Free

www.archives.gov

National Archives.  Military and census records, as well as other government records.  Some digital images.  Cost to obtain copies if not digitized.

Free

www.srcalifornia.com/nav2.htm

Sons of the Revolution library. Click on Library & Museum and then navigate to the  catalog. Catalog can be searched online.  Library holdings include items available nowhere else. The library is located at 600 S. Central Ave., Glendale, CA- at the corner of Chestnut.

Free

www.lapl.org

Los Angeles Public Library.  Some databases and catalog can be searched online using your library card number and last four digits of your phone number as a login.  The History and Genealogy department is located down 4 levels at the downtown central branch (630 W. 5th St., LA)