SAR Blue Ridge Chapter Workshop Connects Descendents to Patriot Ancestors

Ron Hillabrand
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First North Carolina Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Chartered 21 April 1928 in Asheville, North Carolina and later became the Blue Ridge Chapter

Guests from Western North Carolina heard hints, directions, and instruction from five speakers on genealogy at the April 2 SAR Genealogy Workshop sponsored by the Blue Ridge Chapter, North Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NCSSAR). With a burgeoning interest in peoples’ ancestral roots, many devotees find roadblocks to documenting family lineage.
The workshop, held at the East Asheville Library, provided documentation materials and resources as well as insight from retired SAR North Carolina Genealogist David Gammon in tracing an individual’s roots. Also speaking and offering access to research materials were Kathleen Cutshall (Asheville Pack Library), Marilee Ossip (LDS Genealogy Library), Brenda Canter (DAR), and Steve Greene (Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society and Blue Ridge Chapter Vice President). The Blue Ridge Chapter organizer and spokesman was registrar Michael Burkhart.
“We have seen a steady increase in membership interest from residents in Western North Carolina over the past year,” commented Blue Ridge Chapter President Craig Issacson. “Our chapter alone has seen an increase in membership from 62 members in January 2020 to 80 in April 2022. Twelve additional individuals have membership applications pending in Louisville, Kentucky at the SAR National Headquarters for the Blue Ridge Chapter. There are scores of people who have found a hidden desire to learn more about their heritage.”
With over 20 people in the initial audience, the Blue Ridge Chapter is considering hosting a fall event in the Henderson County area so that additional residents can be accommodated.