Forsyth County Genealogical Society will meet April 7, 2015 at Reynolda Manor Branch Library, 2839 Fairlawn Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.  Social at 6:30 PM; program at 7:00.

Two speakers will tell about “New Application Requirements and Use of DNA as Approved Source for Membership in the DAR and SAR.”

Fred Learned is President of the Bethabara Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).  He has been a SAR member since 2000.  Since then he has earned the SAR’s Liberty Medal because he helped many others to also join.  In addition, he submitted documentation proving to the SAR that he has 10 patriots, all but two new to SAR/DAR.     Two years ago he moved to Winston-Salem not knowing that the local SAR Chapter had ceased to function.  This past fall he took it upon himself to restart the Bethabara Chapter and ever since has been trying to revive local interest in the Revolutionary War.

Along with him will be Bill Ewalt, a relatively new SAR member, who had hit the proverbial “brick wall” utilizing normal paper evidence in his quest to prove his 3rd patriot.  Now he is actively in the process of utilizing DNA evidence to overcome his “brick wall” and soon hopes to utilize DNA evidence to help prove to his lineage to a new patriot.  We each may have one or perhaps several lines to Revolutionary War patriots and may need a little extra boost to help qualify Supplemental memberships.  Dust off your lineage work and see how DNA evidence may help prove a missing link or “close but not close enough” ties.

Dr. Deborah (Deb) Holden is a retired anesthesiologist who has spent the past twenty years researching her ancestors as a hobby. After completing the

5 month Genealogical Research Methods certificate course at Boston University in, she began a second career as a professional genealogist. Her business is called Discovering Your Roots and can be found online at  Deb is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and the genealogical societies of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. She is also a member of the DAR and is currently the chairman of the Lineage Research Committee of her chapter (Joseph Winston).

In addition to the Boston University course, Deb has participated in the DAR Genealogical Education Program I-III and DNA and the DAR courses, Advanced DNA Analysis at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the Master Practicum at the Forensic Genealogy Institute.  She has an office in downtown Winston-Salem at the Holly House and offers services that include but are not limited to full family trees, help with brick walls, DNA analysis and records retrieval. Beginning this April, Deb will be offering genealogy classes initially for beginners but will add intermediate classes in the future.