There are many organizations in the United States that focus on being a descendant of an event or group of people that holds a significant place in American History. One of the most prominent of these organizations is the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
What is the DAR?
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), a non-profit organization, was established in 1890 and aims to educate, preserve history and celebrate patriotism.
The women in this organization are confirmed descendants of an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution (1765-1783).
Headquartered in Washington D.C., the DAR organization has over 950,000 members in all 50 states and over 13 countries around the world.
National and local chapters are very active in their communities by volunteering, sponsoring and hosting various events such as;
- Restoring and maintaining historical sites
- Preserving genealogical records, artifacts and historical documents
- Locating, restoring and marking Revolutionary War patriot grave sites and headstones
- Providing scholarships and awards to outstanding students throughout the country
- Promoting education and citizenship through youth programs
- Providing volunteer time to assist military veterans supporting America’s service personnel through a variety of programs
- Sponsoring special programs promoting the US Constitution
How Can a Person Qualify for the DAR?
To be a member of the DAR, there are a few criteria that you need to verify in order to qualify for membership.
- Must be a woman 18 years or older
- Must be able to prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence
- Documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death, as well as of the Revolutionary War service of her Patriot ancestor
How Does a Person Apply to be a Member of the DAR?
Applying for the DAR is not a difficult process but it can require a lot of research in regards to finding and confirming that an ancestor was involved with the American Revolution.
- Find a DAR Chapter near you.
- Schedule a meeting with a DAR representative.
- Complete the required pedigree chart as much as you can and take it with you to the meeting.
The DAR website does offer a genealogy research system to help you with your research. Your ancestor who participated in the American Revolution might already be in the database because of an ancestor or relative that has joined as a member of the DAR.
By joining, you continue their legacy by actively supporting historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavors which include contributing to important service projects that honor and preserve the legacy of your patriot ancestors. While you’re at it, you can establish a network of contacts in your community and all over the world and while gaining leadership experience.
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