Could You Become a Daughter of the American Revolution? Find Out Here

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Could You Become a Daughter of the American Revolution? Find Out Here


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Do you believe that you may have an American Revolutionary War ancestor? Or perhaps you already know you that you do and would like to connect with others who also have Revolutionary Era roots?

If so, you may qualify to become part of one of the most respected membership organizations in the US, The Daughters of the American Revolution.

Started in 1890 as a way for women to showcase their patriotism and serve their country, this lineage-based organization now has nearly 200,000 members who take part in a wide variety of important projects. Members come from many backgrounds, a testament to the rich diversity of our country and its history.

DAR members have access to many special opportunities, but perhaps the most intriguing is the chance to connect their family trees with the detailed, proven lineages that comprise such an important part of America’s past. And DAR has made it easy to begin finding such a connection with two free online databases for genealogical research.

If you have already done some research and believe one or more of your ancestors may have served in the Revolutionary War, you can do a search now to see if they, or their descendants, appear in one of these databases.

DAR Ancestors Database – a simple free search for Revolutionary Era ancestors

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DAR Descendants Database — free search for known descendants of those who served in the Revolutionary War, over 7 million names

Here’s What a Search Result in the DAR Ancestor Database Looks Like

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If you have not yet traced your roots back to the Revolutionary period, try searching the descendants database first to find a connection to someone in your tree that you suspect may have a Revolutionary lineage.

Or spend some time building your tree on lines you suspect may be a good match first, and then go back and search on DAR. Find free research resources here.

These two databases are also wonderful tools for anyone researching ancestors during the Revolutionary period in the US, even if you don’t intend to apply for membership. In fact, DAR offers many interesting resources for family historians that anyone with early American roots will not want to miss. Find their complete genealogy section here.

Of course, simply finding an ancestor in one of these databases does not secure you a spot in the organization. Membership requires a documented and approved direct lineage.  See DAR’s how-to on applying for membership here.

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Note: DAR is a women’s organization. Men with Revolutionary War ancestors can take a look at SAR, Sons of the American Revolution, which also has free research databases.

We’d love to hear if you are currently applying for membership or are a member of DAR. Tell us about it in the comments. 

By Melanie Mayo, Editor of Family History Daily

Image: D.A.R. of Virginia pay tribute to Unknown Soldier of Revolutionary War. 1929. Library of Congress

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  • Linda williams
    November 5, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Yes, I am a daughter! Have all the paperwork to prove it. Even met with people! Grandma was a member too. But turned out too expensive to join at the time.

  • Judith Stone-Young
    November 4, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    My line goes back to William Stone born 1720 in Scotland moved to Virginia with his wife Victoria and fought on Kings mtn

  • rosemary Houck
    May 10, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I am now in the process of applying for membership in the local chapter of DAR. However, the amount of documentation has me stalled at present. My line goes back to William Tomlinson of Virginia– born in 1730. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Marylin DeYoung
      May 10, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Is the registrar of a local chapter working with you? If not, you can find out who to contact through the National Society of DAR. They can be very helpful. Mine did most of the work for my first patriot. I’m still working on the second one and have hit a brickwall. My registrar has been faithfully working with me, but neither of us can get just one piece of documentation that I need.

  • Ruth MF Tucker
    April 30, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I have been a member of DAR since 1996 when I joined on the line through David Kingman, Massachusetts. My mother had been a member since the mid 1970s and I was able to link to her membership. Since then I have expanded her research to update the files and also extend it to several other Revolutionary War ancestors.

  • Marylin DeYoung
    April 30, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I am a member of DAR through Moses Bedunah, the first time he was used. I am preparing a supplemental for William Hovey who is already established. My daughter, 2 granddaughters, and the granddaughter of a cousin have followed me in through Moses Bedunah.

  • Mary Brisley
    April 29, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Marshal Catlin

  • Mary Brisley
    April 29, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    My grandmother was Gertude Catlin, her father was Marshaling Catlin. I believe his ancestor landed in 1640

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