Who is eligible for membership?
Any woman, 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
How is patriot defined?
DAR recognizes as patriots not only soldiers, but also any person, male or female, who contributed to the cause of American freedom. Your ancestor may already be recognized by the DAR as the patriot ancestor of one of the almost 1 million members admitted since its founding in 1890. Do you have a Revolutionary patriot in your family tree?
Search the DAR Ancestor Database. Find your patriot, the service performed, spouse, descendants.
Not all patriots can be found in the DAR Ancestor Database, however. So if you think you have a patriot, or you had a family member who was a member, you may still be eligible.
If you are interested in DAR membership
Ask us for a 4-generation worksheet and tell us as much as you know about your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents: their names, birth, marriage and death dates and places. Even if you have no idea whether or not you might descend from a patriot, our chapter lineage research team will look for a patriot ancestor for you, and identify the documents required to prove your Lineage.
One of our team will support you throughout the process.
Begin collecting records
You will need to provide your birth certificate, naming your parents. You probably will need to provide birth and/or death certificates for your parents and grandparents. Many vital records and other useful documents can be located online. Previously proven member applications may be used in some cases.
Once your lineage is identified and supported by acceptable sources, your application will be sent to NSDAR for verification by the Genealogy Staff and approval for membership.
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