Since the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution designated Oct. 11 as a “Day of Service” in 2015, in celebration of the 125th anniversary founding of the NSDAR on Oct. 11, 1890, NSDAR chapters across the country participate in special service projects that give back to their local communities.
Members of the Sun City Agua Fria Chapter met at the Sun City Sunland Memorial Park Cemetery to take pictures of cemetery grave markers, which may have been requested on the FindAGrave website. If grave marker pictures were missing, pictures were added to the website memorials. If memorials were missing for grave markers, new memorials were created. Taking pictures may have involved clipping grass, brushing off grass clippings and wetting markers to make easier to read.
Since NSDAR, NSSAR, NSCAR and many other lineage organizations require documentation to prove ancestors for membership, grave sites are often helpful in finding needed information and locating ancestors. Visit findagrave.com.
Providing documentation to an American Revolutionary War patriot and to other ancestors back to the colonist and Mayflower pilgrims is required to join the many lineage organizations. A patriot may be any male or female who served as a soldier, provided goods and materials to the cause of freedom, anyone who signed oaths of allegiance to the colonists or who served in a capacity, which aided the American Revolutionary War cause.
Many chapters and individuals participate in different types of service activities throughout the year, such as volunteering at local food banks or homeless shelters, honoring veterans with special celebrations, hosting reading festivals at local libraries, cleaning up local historic cemeteries or parks, sponsoring genealogy workshops or giving lectures on local history, among many other activities.