The National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century (CD17) recently announced a new free online genealogical research tool available to its members.


The Approved Application Project (AAP) became available in April 2020. It offers the public domain area of an approved application or supplemental application available for download, according to a news release.


CD17 has four Arkansas chapters. The Pine Bluff chapter meets at the Pine Bluff Country Club with the United States Daughters of 1812 and the Daughters of Colonial Wars.


President General Nan Ackerman’s goal is that by sharing the public domain areas, (Generations 7 through Generation 16, Ancestor’s Children and Proof of Service), new member applications and members working on supplemental applications will find that hidden link, strengthen proof lines and maybe even find a new ancestor to prove. AAP will be updated every time a new application is scanned into the database at the National Headquarters.


The approved pages may be included as proof documents to prove a descendancy line, according to the release.


The CD17 is an organization of women, 18 years of age or older, who are lineal descendants of an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701. Its work includes dedication to the preservation of historic sites and records, promotion of heraldry & coats of arms, and support of charitable projects.


“CD17 is one of the few lineage societies which has heraldry at the core of its objectives. The society has one of the largest collections of Coats of Arms in the country at its National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. It continuously adds to its extensive coats of arms collection, maintaining the original lineage provided by members during the application process. The Arkansas Society CD17 has created a state COA and Heraldry Club to encourage its members to research and document their ancestors who were bearers of a COA,” according to the release.


The state president is Linda Vandenberg White. For details, contact White at geniedar1@yahoo.com.