DAR to host Patriot workshop

Contributed Photo: DAR members, from left, Gayle Bryce and Colleen Murphy, check resources for a free workshop on ‘Finding Your Patriot’ to be hosted by the DAR Gila Valley Chapter in early November and open to the public. 

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SAFFORD – During Constitution Week in September, members of the Gila Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, shared stories about their fifth- and sixth-great-grandfathers who were patriots during the revolutionary war (1775-1783).  Many in the audience were touched by the powerful ways those long ago relatives made sacrifices for the freedom we experience today.  Knowing this would trigger interest in others wanting to find stories of patriots in their family lines, the chapter is offering a free workshop to anyone who would like to learn more about their long-ago grandparents, aunts, and uncles who lived during that time period.

This “Finding Your Patriot Workshop” will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Family History Center across from the Safford Middle School gym on the corner of 11th Street and 6th Avenue. Chapter members, with expertise in finding patriots, will be there to offer their help with computer websites and the extensive number of book resources provided by the center.

Those interested in attending can prepare for the workshop by putting together a family tree that goes back four generations or more and bringing it to the workshop, whether it be a paper copy or accessible online. This will help to find the following information: males and females born in another country or in one of the 13 colonies from 1700 – 1765 with an approximate age range of 15 – 80 years old and who died either during the revolution (1775-1783) or afterward in one of the newly formed states.

Due to the limited availability of computers, registration for this free workshop is required. For further information and registration contact Brenda Kempton (bmk85546@yahoo.com), Colleen Murphy (murphy.cli@gmail.com) or any other member of the Gila Valley Chapter.

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