of the American Revolution
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a
non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization
dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and
securing America's future through better education for children.
DAR members volunteer more than 60,000 hours annually to veteran
patients, award over $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid each
year to students, and support schools for the underprivileged with
annual donations exceeding one million dollars.
As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country,
DAR boasts 165,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States
and internationally. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race,
religion, or ethnic background-who can prove lineal descent from a
patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.
Encompassing an entire downtown city block, DAR
National Headquarters houses one of the nation's premier
genealogical libraries, one of the foremost collections of
pre-industrial American decorative arts, Washington's largest concert
hall, and an extensive collection of early American manuscripts and
NSDAR is exempt from Federal income taxes under the provisions of
Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and receives no
||October 11, 1890
Incorporated 1896 by an Act of Congress
||God, Home, and Country
3,000 chapters in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.;
International chapters in Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda,
Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom
More than 850,000 women have joined the DAR since it was
|Eligibility for Membership:
Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or
ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot
of the American Revolution.
of the American Revolution
A Lineage Society
The SAR is a "lineage" society. This means that each member
has traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who
supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783.
Do You Have A Patriot Ancestor?
If you already know that you have such an ancestor, then you may want
to continue on to our "Why We Join" page or even go straight
to our "Where to Start" page.
If you aren't sure whether any of your ancestors lived in the United
States during the Revolution, don't lose heart. Many people who
never set foot in the United States supported the American colonists
struggle against British domination -- for example the king of Spain.
Many patriots (or their descendants moved to foreign lands and their
descendants moved back later, not knowing their ancestors were here
before. Many French, German, and Spanish soldiers and
sailors fought in support of American independence and returned home
without making their descendants aware of their participation in gaining
- We commemorate and provide memorials
for the people and events of the American Revolution.
- We help preserve records relating
to the events leading up to and during the American
- The National SAR was a major force behind the
construction of the National Archives in Washington DC and
the collection of historic documents there.
- We support research and presentations
(books, articles, and talks) related to the history and people
of the period 1750-1800.
- We sponsor contests -- essay and
oration -- for high school students, based on historical and
- We distribute history curriculum
at no cost to the recipient. This curriculum was
developed by the Houston Independent School System in
cooperation with the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation and
the American Heritage Education Foundation, Inc.
- We inform the community about the
events and philosophical bases of the American Revolution and
the Constitution. Color Guards in Revolutionary War
uniforms participate in civic events and patriotic
celebrations throughout the United States, providing
pageantry, drama and a sense of the nation's history.
Important events and persons of the Revolutionary period are
portrayed for students and the public at large.
- The SAR Magazine provides a public record of the
activities of the society and has numerous articles detailing
the history of the initial and continuing struggle for
|Any person able to document their descent from
one or more of the following Mayflower Pilgrims is eligible to
apply for membership in the Mayflower Society:
Mary (Norris) Allerton
Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins
Joan (Hurst) Tilley
|Many families hold a tradition that they are
descended from the Pilgrims, which often kindles an interest in
finding out more. Sometimes the stories of a Mayflower heritage
are true and it is easy to document a descent. More often the
documentation is missing and must be researched and supplied to
prove your line. The good news is it that advanced research
techniques, improved genealogy library collections and
computerized resources have made it easier to track down your
best documentation to look for is vital records such as the
birth, marriage, and death certificates for each person. Other
documentation might be published genealogies, family documents
and other official records. If you have a relative who is a
member of the Society, you may be able to use their lineage
documentation to help you with your research.
Memberships are handled through individual state societies. As a
first step, you may contact your state society or you may
inquire about a possible Mayflower line using the Preliminary
Review Form below. The contact information for your state
society can be found on our contacts
To aid in the application process, we offer an optional lineage
review. Fill out the Preliminary
Review Form online and submit it. It will be reviewed as
quickly as possible and you will receive a report on the
findings with complete instructions on how to proceed. There is
a $10.00 fee for this service. The lineage review is not
necessary in cases where a close family member has recently
joined the Mayflower Society. In such cases, please contact your