If you are a DAR member, normally you would have to get yourself to Washington, D.C. in late June to take advantage of their "Balcony Volunteer" service at the Continental Congress. This year, the Congress will be virtual, and I just learned, as a first-time Balcony Volunteer, that the service will be open to ALL DAR MEMBERS. All you need is Zoom videoconferencing capability (which is free and easy to use) and an appointment. To book a time slot, email Allie Golon at email@example.com. The time slots are Tues June 23rd - Sat June 27th, from 10 am to 7 pm Eastern Daylight Time (7 am - 4 pm Mountain Standard Time). You get an hour and will be able to share documents with the Volunteer Genealogist you are teamed up with. The Volunteers are DAR members who have completed at least the first two of the three DAR Genealogy Education Program (GEP) courses. Undoubtedly some, like me, have a lot more experience and training than that and also like me, would charge you something like $50 an hour for consultation or research. As a two-term DAR Registrar I can tell you that not only is this once-in-a-lifetime for its accessibility (anywhere) and cost (free), it is also a rare DAR opportunity to get help with a SUPPLEMENTAL. Normally you are on your own for those and may not ask a chapter registrar to request help from the national organization for lookups or advice, as their time is reserved for new member applicants only. I do not know if you can request someone or something specific, like help with the Midwest or the 1800s or female ancestors, for example, or if it is potluck but no matter, it is an opportunity not to be missed.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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