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Membership

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Over two hundred years ago, American patriots fought and sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honors and preserves the legacy of our patriot ancestors. As a member of DAR, you can continue this legacy by actively supporting historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavor.

Our chapter members warmly welcome guests and prospective members to our meetings. If you believe you have a patriot in your family tree, or have located an ancestor who was a Revolutionary patriot, we can help you complete your research and your membership application.

Are you eligible? Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, blood-line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death. If you believe you have a Revolutionary patriot ancestor in your family but are not certain, our registrar, Sandie Fabi, will help and guide you with the necessary research.

DAR Facts: Did you know…

National members serve more than 250,000 hours annually to assist veterans.
Local members participate in literacy programs for adults and tutoring programs for students preparing for the high school GED test.
The New Jersey State Society DAR promotes history education through children's history essay contests and museum programs.
Members work diligently to preserve local landmarks and historic structures.
The DAR awards scholarships to high school and college students, presented each year during an awards day celebration
Each chapter supports schools for the underprivileged with annual donations

 


Membership is a Four-Step Process

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. The following links are provided to assist you.
Genealogy Begins Here
Finding Your Lineage
Pedigree Chart
Obtaining Vital Records
Documenting Recent Generations - Suggested Sources

 

Step Two: Identify Your Patriot Ancestor
There are many resources available to assist you in your search. First, check the “Acceptable Service” link below to 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 isn’t listed in the 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 in Washington, DC, can provide many of these sources. Finally, there are chapter and state Lineage Research Chairmen who will assist you throughout the application process.
Acceptable Service
DAR Genealogical Research System
Is That Service Right?
DAR Library
National Archives Order for Copies of Veterans Records
Application Paper Copy Request

 

Step Three: Contact your local chapter
Next, you need to contact our chapter registrar, Karen Hardy at by email at kbshontz@aol.com. She will be happy to guide you through the process of becoming a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the Col. Thomas A. Reynolds Chapter.

 

Step Four: Application Process
Next, 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. 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.
Genealogy Worksheet
Worksheet Instructions

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