The DAR is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education. Membership is open to any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who served the cause of American independence. You can learn more about membership qualifications here.
Good news: there are members of our chapter who are willing to help you with your research and application.
of the Ansel Brainerd Cook Chapter have been proudly serving
the Libertyville-Mundelein-Vernon Hills area of Lake County,
We are 100+ members strong and growing. Our members range in age from
18 to 90 — juniors to seniors. Our roster includes women with
careers, students, homemakers, young moms and retirees. We
mothers, grandmothers, and most importantly Daughters. We are
united in our love of God, Home, and Country. We honor the service
our patriot ancestors gave for American Independence by providing
service to our communities.
Here are some examples of what we do: support veterans at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Center; award DAR Good Citizen medals to outstanding high school seniors in five local high schools; sponsor the American History Essay Contest in local elementary and junior high schools in Lake County; host monthly membership/genealogy workshops at Cook Library; and participate in the Libertyville Days parade.
Chances are if you live outside the Libertyville area, you have not heard of Ansel Brainerd Cook. Mr. Cook was a teacher, an Illinois lawmaker, and a stonemason. He laid the first large flagstones in Chicago, including all of the flagstones around the old Cook County Court House. Perhaps his longest lasting legacy is willing his home to the city to be used as a library. The house had been built by his first wife's father, Dr. Jesse Foster. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is now the home of the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society.