So, I'm 'official' now.
I got my NSDAR number, and yesterday I attended my first 'real' meeting, and induction.
Yes, folks, I'm now a proud member of the DAR, Lohmann's Ford Chapter. :D
I'm proud to be a part of this organization for many reasons, but I have to admit that a big reason is that I finally feel... legitimate. If you know me, you know something of my convoluted origins, and what a mess my father made of things. To know that I was able to unravel his mess, and amass enough proof to satisfy the DAR's standards, feels really good.
I feel like less of a freak, and more like an ordinary person, with an ordinary family.
It's nice to be a part of something bigger than myself - especially an organization that prides itself on historical preservation and genealogy, two things I have grown to love and care passionately about. And thanks to one of my patriot ancestors, David Parker (who provided support and supplies to the revolution), I am able to do that!
I'm just feeling very pleased, and wanted to put that out there. :)
I can't wait to get started/get more involved!