Daughters of the American Revolution
Who is Eligible for Membership?
Do you have a Revolutionary patriot in your family tree? Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honors and preserves the legacy of our patriot ancestors. Over two hundred years ago, Americans sacrificed their lives and property for the freedoms that we enjoy today. As a DAR member, you can honor their actions by participating in patriotic endeavors, historic preservation, and educational programs.
To be eligible for membership in the DAR, you must be a woman 18 years of age or older who can prove direct descent from a person who aided in achieving American independence between April 19, 1775, and November 26, 1783. Documentation of said lineage must be provided according to DAR guidelines on the official membership application and with acceptable supporting materials.
Acceptable service includes military service, signers of the Declaration of Independence, civil service, and patriotic service. If you believe that you have an eligible patriot ancestor, DAR volunteers will check the DAR Patriot Index to see if your ancestor is recognized as a Revolutionary Patriot. To use this free service, click here.
Eligible children, both boys and girls, may join the Children of the American Revolution. C.A.R. mirrors DAR on many levels with local and state societies under the umbrella of the National Society. C.A.R. provides opportunities for a child to develop a love of our country before becoming eligible for the Daughters of the American Revolution at the age of 18. At age 18, boys may join the The General Society Sons of the Revolution as senior members, or the National Society Sons of the American Revolution.
The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded on October 11, 1890, with the three purposes of historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavors. The DAR has 38 standing committees which promote its three purposes. These include educational programs, scholarship competitions, citizenship awards, school contests, sponsorship of schools for underprivileged children, literacy programs, genealogical records, national genealogical library, lineage research, DAR Museum, community service, national defense, units overseas, Constitution and U.S. flag, conservation, commemorative events, naturalization, and volunteerism. The NSDAR fact sheet provides more specific information regarding the activities of each committee.
Whatever your interests, the DAR has a program area in which you can work with other women to support God, Home, and Country. For help getting started, please contact our chapter registrar, the NSDAR, or NY DAR.
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