The Preston Trail Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution plan to ring in the 4th of July holiday with a little recitation and research.

Members of the public are invited to participate in an American Independence program from noon to 1 p.m. Monday in the East Courtroom on the second floor of the Grayson County Courthouse. The program will celebrate the Declaration of Independence which was signed and adopted 242 years ago on July 4, 1776, by the Second Continental Congress at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Declaration announced that the 13 American colonies then at war with the England would regard themselves as 13 independent sovereign states no longer under British rule.

With the Declaration, these new states took a collective first step toward forming the United States of America. The declaration was signed by representatives from New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

The reading of the Declaration won’t be all that is planned for Monday by the DAR. The group is also offering members of the public to register for a free, one-hour appointment with a volunteer genealogist in order to search for a direct ancestor who served as an American Revolutionary War patriot. The appointment will be registered and scheduled on a first-contacted, first-served basis, limited to 12 participants, and will be held within a one-hour genealogy research session from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Grayson County Courthouse in an adjacent assembly room of the East Courtroom on the second floor.

Members of the public are invited to contact Preston Trail NSDAR Chapter 2nd Vice Regent and American Independence Committee Chair Catherine Giles at 940-597-4757 or to request to register and to schedule their free, one-hour appointment with a volunteer genealogist on a first contacted, first served basis, limited to 12 participants.

Confirmed participants are asked to bring the following information to their genealogy session: the complete names, dates and places of birth, dates and places of marriage, and dates and places of death for their generation closest to any potential American Revolutionary patriot.