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Daughters of the American Revolution plans workshop

Suzanne Titus has never met William Green but she sure knows a lot about his life.She’s aware of books he once read, and kept, and which animals he owned. She even has a copy of his pension document.Learning about Green’s life has all been part of Titus’ research to prove she and her daughter are rightful members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Titus, a regent of the Captain Richard Sopris Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, hopes to share her enthusiasm in genealogical studies with other females in the valley.”You must be able to provide proof, with lineage, that you are a descendent of an officer or someone who gave aid during the American Revolution. Someone who gave supplies or arms not necessarily a soldier,” Titus said.To attract new members and to help those interested in tracking their Revolutionary War ties, Titus and the chapter are hosting an informational and genealogical meeting/workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. Titus suggested participants bring any family tree information they’ve collected to Saturday’s workshop. “I wouldn’t want to bring a file cabinet, but I’d like to see at least a file folder,” she said.Titus said she enjoys genealogy as a pastime, and wants to help others ease into the process as she has through the local chapter’s resources.”I’ve done a little genealogy, but I’m not an expert,” Titus said. “There’s quite a few people interested in this.”She initially joined DAR through the suggestion of a great aunt, using a different ancestor than Green.”A lot of the DAR ladies in the ’20s and ’30s didn’t need proof, they just went on stories from their families. Now, you actually can’t be a member unless you have proof,” she said.When Titus went to help her daughter prove her Revolutionary War ties so she could join DAR, she discovered an issue with the original ancestor used.”There was a problem, but I found out another ancestor, William Green, who had served as a soldier in one of the Revolutionary War militias in North Carolina,” she said. “One of the things that helped me prove this was his pension from after the war. I also found his will and all the probate things possessions, books, household items, animals. He was actually quite young, 16 or so, when he entered the war. But he lived a lot longer than that.” Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com

Who: Captain Richard Sopris Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution What: Informational and genealogical meeting/workshop When: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 413 9th St., Glenwood Springs


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