The National Society welcomes any woman 18 years of age or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background who can prove lineal descent from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty to the cause of American Independence, served as a Patriot during the American Revolution between 19 April 1775 to 26 November 1783.
A Patriot may have been a man or a woman, with services as one of the following:
- Military – a sailor, soldier, or served in a militia or the Continental line
- Civil – officers, civil servants or jurors
- Patriot – service or rendered material aid or comfort, demonstrated by the American Cause
- A Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Information and several helpful forms for prospective members are available at http://www.dar.org/national-society/become-member/how-join
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