Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution is open to any woman age 18 and over who can show proof of a lineal bloodline to an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death.
You do not need to complete an application worksheet before attending a chapter meeting. You do not even need to have identified your Patriot Ancestor. By attending a local chapter meeting, you will meet DAR members who have the experience to assist you in obtaining your goal of DAR membership.
Admission to membership in the NSDAR is either by invitation through a Chapter in your State Organization (or Unit Overseas). No Chapter may discriminate against an applicant on the basis of race or creed.
Acceptable Service for Membership
The National Society reserves the right to determine the acceptability of all service and proof thereof. The National Society accepts service, with some exceptions, for the period between 19 April 1775 (Battle of Lexington) and 26 November 1783 (withdrawal of British Troops from New York) as follows:
Additional information may be found on the National Society DAR website. Just click on the NSDAR button on the navigation bar.
E-mail our Chapter Registrar to get a membership packet and assistance with your research. If you want to get started on your own, the four basic steps in the process are listed below.
Step One: Finding Your Lineage
Your first step toward membership requires establishing your lineage. There are many tools to help you accomplish this. There is a logical step-by-step process for establishing your lineage. You start by filling out a pedigree chart. Our Watauga Registrar will be happy to assist you.
Step Two: Identify Your Patriot Ancestor
There are many resources available to assist you in your search. Your patriot did not necessarily have to fight. He/She could have provided civil or patriotic service. Next, the DAR Patriot Index Lookup Service will search our database of previously submitted ancestors. If your ancestor isnít listed in our Index you will want to check records in the state in which your ancestor lived. Our publication, Is That Service Right? lists well-documented sources for each of the original thirteen states. The DAR Library has many of these sources. Finally, there are chapter and state Lineage Research Chairmen who will assist you throughout the application process.
Step Three: Find A Chapter
Next, you need to contact a chapter in your area. There are nearly 3,000 chapters worldwide from which to choose. Once youíve identified a chapter in your area, such as Watauga, click on the e-mail link, fill in the prospective member form and choose "send."
Step Four: Application Process
Once youíve found a chapter, and we hope that would be Watauga, you will begin the application process. You will need to provide proof for each date and place, for each generation, starting with yourself and going back lineally to your Patriot. In the first three generations, these proofs would consist of photocopies of birth, marriage, and death documents. For other generations back to the Patriot, one or more of the following items would usually be considered acceptable proof: cemetery records, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, probate records, wills, census records, Bible records, local histories, and well-documented genealogies. Relationships between generations MUST be proven. Data submitted as proof is subject to DAR standards and interpretation.
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