The Dar Library: The Seimes Technology Center

My next stop was the Seimes Technology Center down the hallway from the DAR Library.  The first goal was to look at the Windsor, Vermont history seeking information for Stephen Delano.  I had obtained the one DAR application that was listed for him as a patriot the last time I visited.  I wanted to follow up on the more sources. 

Entrance to the Seimes Technology Center at the DAR

The assistant at the desk helped me out and even put the film in the microfilm reader.  I found the pages I needed and made my copies after some technical difficulties. 

The assistant then showed me how to search for a GRC source on the computer at the Seimes Center.    They have the digital pages from these GRC sources on the computer.  WOW!  I had found the GRC sources a bit hard at times in the library on my last visit so this was pretty easy and nice to be able to find them on the computer.  Seems to me all I was able to get from the website was an index listing of the GRC.  I didn’t have much luck on the Evergreen Cemetery in Winchester, NH.  I was hoping someone had done a cemetery publication. 

So I was happily playing with the computer clicking on this and that and decided to revisit the Ancestor tab, Member tab and several other tabs and make sure I have all the DAR applications that I want.  I had done quite well the last time I was there.  So I put in some names and found some more original applications and in addition supplemental applications. The DAR has been busy adding more information. One of the supplementals was for Flora Montanye Osborn.  Now last time I obtained her original application in which she entered through Caleb Rice.  This time there was a supplement application for “Philip Goss.”  YES!!!! Happy DANCE! I knew she had not done all the work on Philip Goss and corresponded with Paul H. Goss for nothing!

So I spent some time revisiting the applications to make sure I had all that I wanted.  I revisited Delano and Goss.  Now these applications cost $15.00 from home and $10.00 at the center. 

After this grand finale I had come to the end of my visit to the DAR Library. 

A fond look at the DAR Library stacks…

I have mentioned the Delano surname several times.  Well they also have an association which is called the Delano Kindred.  I am a member and have been for several years. They are not as strict as some organizations and you can join easily.  After you join you can submit your genealogy which is something that is on my ToDo list.  The website is at:  http://www.delanokindred.org/  They had the Delano Genealogies online for members at one time but they did have had some technical difficulties and I have not been back in awhile.  They are having their reunion in Stillwater, MN this coming year, I believe.  I was tempted.  They like to have the reunion around the country in order to open it to Delano surnames.  They also have a newsletter.  I just received my mailing but didn’t have time to look at it before we left for DC.  Does the name Muriel Cushing mean anything to any of you?  Think she is running for President this year for the Kindred.  They have a bookstore and that gives some titles you will want to check out, but if you become a member you may be able to access some things so check them out first. 

I walked back to the hotel via Pennsylvania Avenue after I stopped for a little lunch and a cool drink.  It was really muggy.  My body from the Puget Sound area does not to heat well.  So I trudged along slowly and stopped at this amazing foundatin of water.  It is sliding down the wall….!!!

A cool water fountain on Pennsylvania Ave on the way back to the hotel

I had to run my hands through it.  It was a bit cool but not as much as you would expect. 

Dinner this evening would be at RIS which was one block from our hotel.  My hubby has been to DC many times and knows it pretty well so he has a lot of fun finding interesting restaurants to show me.  Apparently this RIS is a woman who has made a name for herself in DC.

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Research at the DAR Library: Cooley Association

I am not an expert but I do try my best to learn about an archive with care.  I study the website thoroughly and then prepare what I want to do so that when I get there I can make progress. 

The one thing about the DAR Library is that you can access a lot of the books in the stacks yourself.  You start on the main floor.  This time I noticed that a lot more of the library catalogue items had been digitized so that meant I would be in the Seimes Technology Center as well as the main library. 

My first goal was to find the Cooley Association Bulletin again.  I had worked on it the last time and then when I returned home I found I had missed some pages and didn’t write my sources down correctly so I didn’t know what the pages were.  No matter how hard you try when you are traveling these types of things happen.  So I knew I had to fix it or it would drive me crazy.  The problem was I forgot where the bulletin was in the library.  All I remembered was it was up and not on the main floor.

The DAR library is divided into the Main room with tables, copiers, the reference desk and all the stacks with general books and then they start with the states.  However, a lot of books are up on the balcony areas and that means you have to go out the two back doors and walk up the stairs and into the upper area.  The DAR is very clever they have those rolling stacks so there is a lot more upstairs than you think.  Climbing around up there is like a maze but kinda fun!  They use to be the balcony area of the assembly room. 

Well it turned out that the Cooley Association Bulletin was upstairs on the balcony to the right of the reference desk in the OV – over sized area.  Of course it was on the top shelf about 1/4 down from the left.  I had to climb up and carefully remove it.  It was a big legal sized red book with about a decade of these bulletins bound inside. 

It was all coming back to me how the library was set up.  I returned to my seat and began going through the pages which had been typed.  The range was 1939 to 1951 for the bulletin.  Paul H. Goss had written about the Goss family in this bulletin and it spanned several issues so I had to revisit the whole sequence to check myself.  There were also a few extras to get the volume, date, issue number and page as well. 

Cooley Bulletin 2nd floor to the right on top!

You can see my stuff on the left in this photo and others busy with their research.  I was told I could photograph the library but not the books and resources, those had to be copied.

The next chore was to seek out sources listed on a DAR application that I had purchased the last time.  The patriot was Stephen Delano and the only application on his line came up through his daughter Elizabeth.  They had listed two histories one of Windsor County and Woodstock, Vermont.  I had obtained the Woodstock part that last time but I revisited it anyway just to be sure.  The Windsor County was on microfilm so that meant a visit to the computer lab. 

This means I have two potential patriots to choose from for my initial application and then follow up with a supplemental. 

I tried finding a GRC but that too was in digital format.  The DAR has been very busy putting more of their records on the computer.  They had done a lot the last time but I was seeing evidence of even more progress.

If you have a Cooley ancestor in your background you need to know about the Cooley Association and go to their website at http://www.cooleyfamilyassociation.com/  I have not joined yet but plan to.  It requires that you be a descendant of a Cooley ancestor and provide the usual documentation.  They have reunions and it looks like it is every 2 years. 

There is also a book written by Dean Mortimer E. Cooley titled the Cooley Genealogy that you should also check for information.  The bulletin above that I mention may have more information about other lines in the Cooley genealogy.   As for additional copies well you might find them in other libraries, societies and archives.