Membership in the DAR

Step One: Finding Your Lineage

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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.

Step Two: Identify Your Patriot Ancestor

     There are many resources available to assist you in your search. First, check the Acceptable Service list and identify the time period and categories of acceptable service. 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.

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.

Step Four: Application Process

Once youíve found a chapter, 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 or to a relative who is or was a DAR member. 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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