Million Members Celebration: On October 5, 2019, DAR surpassed a total of one million members who have joined the Society since our founding in 1890.
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to keeping America strong by promoting patriotism, preserving history and supporting education programs.
DAR members volunteer more than 250,000 hours annually in support of veterans, active duty military and their families and communities, award thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.
As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 170,000 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.
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Why should I become a member?
Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution honors and preserves the legacy of your Patriot ancestor. Over two hundred years ago, American Patriots fought and sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. As a member of DAR, through participation in the Society’s various programs and activities, you can continue this legacy by actively supporting historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavors.
DAR provides the opportunity to…
- contribute to important service projects
- honor and preserve the legacy of patriot ancestors
- make lifelong friends
- participate in unique social and service-oriented programs within your community
- be involved in a variety of programs that provide something for everyone
- gain valuable leadership experience
- establish a network of contacts in your community and all over the world.
Want to Join DAR?
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.
DAR volunteers in chapters throughout the country can provide guidance and assistance with the application process. Admission to membership in the National Society is through a chapter or as a Member-At-Large.
Don’t know where to start? Fill out a Pedigree Chart (PDF) as completely as you can and bring it with you when you meet with the chapter representative. She will be able to guide you through the application process.