Our patriot ancestors, both women and men, contributed to the effort in multiple ways. In applying for DAR membership, women must document their lineage back to an ancestor who aided the cause of American independence. These efforts may come through military, civil or patriotic service and must occur during the period between 19 April 1775 (Battle of Lexington) and 26 November 1783 (withdrawal of British Troops from New York). Visit our Lineage Research page for more information.

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.

Interested in joining the DAR? Use the form below to tell us about your interests, and we will put you in touch with the appropriate contact. Please be as detailed as possible. To help us best serve your inquiry, please feel free to include any questions that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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