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  1. Verify that you are on the Ancestor Search screen.

  2. Type the last name of your ancestor in the Ancestor Last Name box.

  3. Type the first name of your ancestor in the Ancestor First Name box.

    NOTE: Unless this is a very common name do NOT fill in any other information.

  4. Click the Search button.

  5. Review your results.

    NOTE: Twenty-five results appear at one time.

  6. Click the result that best matches the name, birth date & place, and death death & place of your ancestor.

  7. After clicking the patiot's name, verify the name of the spouse to make sure that you have the correct ancestor.

    NOTE: If red lettering appears stating "Future Applicants Must Prove Correct Service," this means that the DAR no longer accepts the service for the ancestor that was submitted with all previous DAR applications. New service must be found before submitting an application for this ancestor.

    NOTE: If red lettering appears stating "Problems Have Been Discovered With At Least One Previously Verified Paper - See Ancestor's Full Record," this "red flag" may or may not apply to your lineage. Contact your local DAR Chapter to determine whether this problem pertains to your lineage.

  8. Review the list of six-digit DAR application numbers for the patriot ancestor.

  9. The more recent applications are listed at the bottom of the list. Start at the bottom looking at the names listed to the right of the six-digit numbers. These are the names of the patriot's children (and their spouses) that were in the lineages of each application. If you see the name of the child of the patriot that is in your lineage, you may not have to "prove" the link between the patriot and the patriot's child in your application because it was verified on a previous DAR application.

    NOTE: If an "S" appears before the name of the patriot's child, that means the application was a "Short Form." Short Forms have very limited information, and they cannot be used to prove the lineage to the patriot ancestor.

  10. Click the small purple D to see the earliest 3-6 generations listed on the application.

  11. Review the lineage.

    NOTE: In general, the more generations that you share in common with a recent DAR application, the less documentation you will need to submit with your application.

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