Membership Eligibility

Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal (blood line) descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death.

Admission to membership in the NSDAR is either by invitation through a chapter in your state organization (or Unit Overseas) or as a Member-At-Large. No chapter may discriminate against an applicant on the basis of race or creed.

How to Establish Your Lineage

Gaining membership in the NSDAR is a unique opportunity to establish one's lineage and heritage as a descendent of a patriot of the American Revolution. Applicants must prove their lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence. Documentation required for each generation includes proofs of birth, marriage, and death. Documentation is required to link the generations to one another. The first link is the applicant's birth certificate naming her parents.

Listed below are some additional sources that may be used:

CLASSIC SOURCES: Census Records, Land Records, Military and Pension records, Tax Records, Probate Records, Bible and Family Records, Church Records, Encounters with the Law

BIRTH: Delayed Birth Certificate, Midwife Record, Census - Federal/State, School Record, Newspaper Announcement, Baptismal Certificate, Social Security Record.

MARRIAGE: Complete Marriage Record, Marriage Bann, Divorce Records, Church Records, Church Certificate, Newspaper Announcement, Tombstone/Cemetery Record.

DEATH: Complete Death Record, Cemetery/Tombstone Record, Funeral Home Record, Insurance Policy, Church Notice, Obituary, Funeral Card, Professional Organizations.

CONTEMPORARY SOURCES: Employment Record, Loan Applications, Passports and Visa Applications.

For information about establishing your heritage or to obtain information on joining the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution through the Pymatuning Chapter, please feel free to contact us using this email link. Please supply us with your name, address, and telephone number in your e-mail.

Acceptable Service

The National Society reserves the right to determine the acceptability of all service and proof thereof. The National Society accepts military, civil, and patriotic service, with some exceptions, for the period 19 April 1775 (Battle of Lexington) and 26 November 1783 (withdrawl of British Troops from New York).

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