Continental Hall
DAR Headquarters —
Memorial Continental Hall
Washington, D.C.


Who Can Join the DAR?

DAR Library
Since its founding in 1896,
the DAR Library has grown
into a specialized collection
of American genealogical
and historical manuscripts
and publications.

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, or ancestors who contributed to the independence cause via donations of goods or support, is eligible for membership. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death.

Steps to Become a Member

  • Step one — Find your lineage
  • Step two — Identify your patriot ancestor
  • Step three — Find a chapter
  • Step four — Complete application process

Membership in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a unique opportunity to honor your lineage and heritage as a descendant of a patriot of the American Revolution. Our registrar and Lineage Research Committee will help you locate and document your patriot's service in order to prepare your application. Patriots, both men and women, are eligible if they provided one of the three categories of service.

  • Military Service — Service in the Continental Army or Navy, Marines, state or local militias and privateers.
  • Civil Service — Those who conducted the business of new federal, state, county and town governments and displayed loyalty to the cause.
  • Patriotic Service — Those whose actions demonstrated unfailing loyalty to the cause as a prisoner of war, doctor or nurse, minister, signer of an Oath of Allegiance, member of a committee, furnishing supplies or many other actions.

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