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You may be related to an American patriot! 

Do you have a relative who is or was a DAR member? Have you heard stories about a person in your family tree who provided patriotic service during the Revolutionary War period?

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible you must be a woman 18 years or older and have an ancestor who aided the cause for American independence between the time of the Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775, and the withdrawal of British troops from New York on November 26, 1783. Acceptable types of service for which your ancestor could be recognized as a patriot include:

Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Military Service, such as:

  • Members of Local and State Militia and Navy.
  • Members of Continental Army, and Continental Navy.
  • Privateers

Civil Service under a governmental authority, such as:

  • Town or County Sheriffs, Constables, or Jailers
  • Surveyors of Highways
  • Justices of the Peace, Town Clerks, or Selectmen
  • Judges, Jurors

Patriotic Service, which includes:

  • Signers of Oath of Fidelity and Support or Oath of Allegiance.
  • Members of Committees of Correspondence, Inspection, and Safety, and committees to care for soldiers’ families.
  • Members of the Continental Congress, State Conventions, and Assemblies.
  • Signers of petitions to recognize the authority of the Provisional and new State Governments.
  • Ministers who gave patriotic sermons and encouraged patriotic activity.
  • Persons who provided material aid of supplies, munitions makers, gunsmiths, and monies, with or without remuneration, to the Colonies.
  • Defenders of forts and frontiers.
  • Doctors, nurses, or others providing medical care to the wounded.
  • French nationals performing service within the colonies or in Europe in support of the American cause.
  • Spanish Troops serving under Galvez.
  • Prisoners of war or refugees.
  • Members of the Boston Tea Party.

If you are a woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence, you are eligible to join the DAR.

You must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death, as well as documentation of the Revolutionary War service performed by your patriot ancestor.