Seven Tips for a Successful DAR Application

By Nancy Hendrickson Premium

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) <> is the largest lineage society in America. Incorporated in 1896, the DAR has admitted more than 800,000 members. The application process takes about three months because a staff genealogist processes all applications in order of receipt, says Terry Ward, interim director of genealogy. To ensure problem-free processing, follow Ward’s seven suggestions:

1. Don’t send short-form birth certificates. These certificates, currently being issued by several states, don’t list the parents, and so they don’t prove a family relationship. If you have a short-form certificate, send it with other documentation, such as a baptismal record or birth announcement.

2. Paper-clip documentation for each generation together. This will help keep all relevant papers together, and make it easier for the staff genealogist to follow your records and documentation.

3. Don’t send a handwritten application. As of March 1, these are no longer accepted.

4. Ask your local registrar or another society member for help compiling documents. Registrars are proficient in creating acceptable application packages for society membership. Some societies even have volunteers to assist with difficult research problems.

5. Be sure to include and prove places. In the 1920s and ’30s, the DAR often accepted applications without mention of place names — applications that are incomplete by today’s standards. If you’re using documentation from an older application, be sure to add the places.

6. Make sure your application is well-documented with acceptable sources — especially if you’re joining under a new-to-the-DAR ancestor.

7. Be creative in finding sources for documentation. Don’t forget land records, tax lists, Bible records and letters.

After the DAR gets your application, the staff genealogist will check to see if it’s complete. If she sees a problem, she’ll spend a short time trying to fill in any holes. If you’ve followed the instructions and included the necessary documentation, your application should be accepted on the same day it’s checked.

From the October 2003 issue of Family Tree Magazine.


Web sites

Cyndi’s List — Lineage Societies


Cyndi’s List — Military-Related Societies


Hereditary Society Blue Book


Links to Hereditary Societies


United States of America Patriotic and Lineage Societies


Books & CDs

• American Ancestry by Joel Munsell’s Sons (Clearfield Co.)

• Burke’s Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland, 2nd edition, by John Burke and John Bernard Burke (Clearfield Co.)

• Founders and Patriots of America Index (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

• Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors edited by Robert Glenn Thurtle (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

• Lineages of Hereditary Society Members CD-ROM (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

• Lineages of Members of the National Society of Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims (Genealogical Publishing Co., 2 volumes)

• Mayflower Births and Deaths by Susan E. Roser (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

• Mayflower Marriages by Susan E. Roser (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

• The Roster and Register of the General Society of the War of 1812 edited by Dennis F. Blizzard, Frederick Ira Ordway Jr. and Robert Glenn Thurtle (Clearfield Co., 4 volumes)

• Seventeenth Century Colonial Ancestors by Mary Louise M. Hutton (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

• Some “Colonial Dames” of Royal Descent by Charles H. Browning (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

• Three Hundred Colonial Ancestors and War Service by Elizabeth M. Leach Rixford (Clearfield Co. each)
From the October 2003 issue of Family Tree Magazine.
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War societies

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts

Armory Faneuil Hall Boston, MA 02109 (617) 227-1638 <>

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865

c/o Donna Vaughn National Membership Chairperson 5050 Columbus St. SE #64 Albany, OR 97321 (541) 926-9240 <>

General Society of the War of 1812

c/o Timothy C. Harris Vice President General-MAL 6184 Stinson Blvd. NE Fridley, MN 55432 <>

Hereditary Order of the Descendants of the Loyalists and Patriots of the American Revolution

3917 Heritage Hills Drive #104 Bloomington, MN 55437

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

1776 D St. NW Washington, DC 20006 (202) 628-1776 <>

National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

1000 S. Fourth St. Louisville, KY 40203 (502) 589-1776 <>

National Society of the United States Daughters of 1812

1461 Rhode Island Ave. NW Washington, DC 20005 (202) 745-1812 <>

Sons of Confederate Veterans

c/o Frank B. Powell III Chairman 9701 Fonville Road Wake Forest, NC 27587 (919)847-6132 <>

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Box 1865 Harrisburg, PA 17105 (717) 232-7000 <>

United Daughters of the Confederacy

328 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA 23220 (804)355-1636 <>

Old world societies

Baronial Order of Magna Charta

109 Glenview Ave. Wymcote, PA 19095 <>

Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons and Daughters of the Kings of Britain

3858 N. LeavittAve. Chicago, IL 60618

National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons

Box 4222 Philadelphia, PA 19144 (215) 836-5022 <>

Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America

c/o Tracy Crocker Registrar General 1411541st Ave. N. Plymouth, MN 55446 (763) 553-1122 <>

Colonial societies

Associated Daughters of Early American Witches

c/o Mrs. Edward L. Wilkinson Registrar General 6876 Richard Wilson Drive Millington, TN 38053 <>

Flagon and Trencher Descendants of Colonial Tavernkeepers

c/o James Raywalt Keeper of the Tavern Records 7916 Quill Point Drive Bowie, MD 20720

General Society of Mayflower Descendants

Box 3297 Plymouth, MA 02361 (508) 746-3188 <>

Jamestowne Society

Box 17426 Richmond, VA 23226 (804) 673-6006 <>

National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century

1300 New Hampshire Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036 <>

National Society Daughters of American Colonists

2205 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20008 <>

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America

Dumbarton House 2715 Q St. NW Washington, DC 20007 <>

Order of Descendants of Colonial Physicians and Chirurgeons

9317 Bent Tree Circle Wichita, KS 67226

The Society of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy

c/o Mrs. Frederick Johnson 255 Madison St. Dedham, MA 02026

The Society of The Ark and The Dove

c/o Mrs. Barrett L. McKown 3580 S. River Terrace Edgewater, MD 21037 <>

Early-settler societies

First Families of Ohio

The Ohio Genealogical Society 713 S. Main St. Mansfield, OH 44907 (419)756-7294 <>

First Families of Tennessee

c/o East Tennessee Historical Society Box 1629 Knoxville, TN 37901 (865)215-8824 <>

The Hereditary Order of the First Families of Massachusetts

The Committee on Admissions 253 Tremont St. Melrose, MA 02176 (781) 662-8034

National Society of New England Women

c/o Ms. Leslie Vander Meulen 22 Cloverleaf Lane Manchester, MO 63011 <>

Order of the First Families of Virginia

5055 Seminary Road #439 Alexandria, VA 22311

The Society of California Pioneers

300 Fourth St. San Francisco, CA 94107 (415) 957-1849 <>

The Society of Indiana Pioneers

450 W. Ohio St. Indianapolis, IN 46202 (317) 233-6588 <>

Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers

Box 6685 Portland, OR 97228 <>

Sons of the Republic of Texas

1717 Eighth St. Bay City, TX 77414 (979) 245-6644 <>

Religious &. ethnic societies

The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany

23 Dresden Court Albany, NY 12203 (518)456-7202

The Holland Society of New York

122 E. 58th St. New York, NY 10022 (212) 758-1675 <>

The Huguenot Society of America

122 E. 58th St. New York, NY 10022 (212) 755-0592 <>

Huguenot Society of South Carolina

138 Logan St. Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 723-3235 <>

Los Californianos (descendants of Hispanics in Alta California)

c/o JoAn Guthrie Box 600522 San Diego, CA 92160 <>

The National Huguenot Society

9033 Lyndale Ave. S. #108 Bloomington, MN 55420 (952) 885-9776

From the October 2003 issue of Family Tree Magazine.