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Becoming a DAR Member

Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honors and preserves the legacy of your patriot ancestor. Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death, as well as of the Revolutionary War service of her patriot ancestor.

Beginning your research

Today's DAR brochure


The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) on the National DAR website is a new and outstanding resource. The GRS is a combination of several extensive genealogical databases and contains names of Revolutionary War patriots, both men and women, whose service (between 1775 and 1783) has been established by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). Additional information available may include:

  • Dates and places of birth and death;
  • Name(s) of wife (wives) or husband(s) and children;
  • Rank;
  • Type of service; 
  • State where the patriot lived or served.


Please remember that not every Revolutionary War patriot is included in this list, but only those who are ancestors of DAR members. A recent addition to the GRS is the ability to order and download copies online of any application(s) that you believe will help in your own research and application.

If you do not find your patriot on the list do not be discouraged. Contact our chapter registrar, Beth Scheiderman who has considerable experience in researching patriot ancestors, and will have any number of helpful suggestions for you.

Would you like to apply for DAR membership on behalf of a Revolutionary War patriot? For a complete list of eligible patriotic services, please see the complete list of acceptable types of service in the membership section of the NSDAR website.

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