Research Resources

The Presidio Chapter is committed to instilling a strong foundation for genealogical research for the following two purposes:

  • to complete applications for new members, and 
  • to complete supplemental applications for existing members who wish to register under more than one patriot.

As such, our chapter offers multiple resources to assist you with either goal, including courses, field trips, and research links. Click on the tabs below to learn more about each of the Presidio Chapter's resources.
Our locally hosted courses are designed to educate on both genealogical research principles and DAR membership requirements. Experienced genealogists and chapter members lead these courses, which teach formal genealogical process while acquainting you with the professional principles on which it relies. The courses are also designed to answer common questions about genealogical research, especially research that would help you prove lineage and gain admittance to NSDAR. 

Listed below are selected topics from former courses:

  • Familiarization with NSDAR research resources
  • Searching effectively using online tools
  • Tips and tricks for using popular genealogy web sites
  • Leveraging land records and other less commonly discussed record types
  • Organizing your data
  • Evaluating evidence
  • Citing your sources
  • Writing an analysis
  • Completing both new membership and supplemental applications
For more information on our current course offering, click the Contact Us button in the red box below.
Following is a list of past trips, along with more information about each destination.

Family History Library, Salt Lake City

Additional trips are planned to the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah. FHL is focused specifically on family history and genealogy research and is the largest library of its kind in the world. Their collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources. Records are available from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. A majority of the records contain information about persons who lived before 1930.

The Family History Library is open to general public at no charge and sees an estimated 1,500 daily visitors. There are currently 100 full-time and part-time professional staff and approximately 700 trained volunteers available to assist you with your research.

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DAR Library, Washington, D.C.

Since its founding in 1896, the DAR Library has grown into a specialized collection of American genealogical and historical manuscripts and publications, as well as powerful on-site databases. The DAR Library collection contains over 225,000 books, 10,000 research files, thousands of manuscript items, and special collections of African American, Native American, and women’s history, genealogy and culture. Nearly 40,000 family histories and genealogies comprise a major portion of the book collection, many of which are unique or available in only a few libraries in the country. The library is free and open to the public.

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Sutro Library, San Francisco

The Presidio Chapter is fortunate to share San Francisco with the Sutro Library, which holds one of the largest genealogical collections in the country. Chapter members will often meet there to conduct personal research, assist one another in solving lineage problems, or for chapter-led courses. The Sutro Library (our San Francisco branch) holds the original collection of Adolph Sutro, California businessman and San Francisco mayor.

Adolph Sutro's heirs donated his collection to the California State Library in 1913 with the requirement that the collection stay within the city of San Francisco. After operating in various locations in the city for almost 100 years, the Sutro Library moved to a permanent home at San Francisco State University in 2012. 

In addition to genealogical works, the Sutro library also houses the following rare and outstanding items:
  • William Shakespeare's First, Second, Third, and Fourth folios (1623–1685);
  • Letters and papers of British explorer and naturalist Joseph Banks (1800s);
  • The Mexican Collection: materials on Mexican culture, religion, and politics (1540–1889); and 
  • Belgian mapmaker Pieter van den Keere's World Map (1611).

Information courtesy of: California State Library

Other Field Trip Destinations

Presidio Chapter members have also visited the following libraries, either on chapter-sanctioned events or in small groups of friends:

  • California State Library, California History Room - Sacramento
  • Fresno County Public Library
  • Allen County Public Library, Genealogy Center - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Web hyperlinks to non-DAR sites are not the responsibility of the NSDAR, the state organizations, or individual DAR chapters.

The following list of links will provide you with more information on NSDAR, as well as other organizations with a similar nature.

Web hyperlinks to non-DAR sites are not the responsibility of the NSDAR, the state organizations, or individual DAR chapters.

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