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Do you have a Revolutionary War patriot in your family tree? Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 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 North Carolina Society’s various programs and activities — you can continue this legacy by actively supporting historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavors. Learn more about membership in the National Society at


Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than 18 years of age and can prove lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death.

Admission to membership in the DAR is either by invitation through a chapter in your state organization, or in a unit overseas. No chapter may discriminate against an applicant on the basis of race or creed.

Steps to Become a Member

Visit a Chapter

You do not need to complete an application worksheet before attending a chapter meeting. You do not even need to have identified your patriot ancestor. By attending a local chapter meeting, you will meet DAR members who have the experience to assist you in obtaining your goal of DAR membership.

Application Process

Once you have found a chapter, you can begin the application process. You will need to provide proof of vital links for each generation, starting with yourself then going back lineally to your patriot. For the first three generations, these proofs would consist of photocopies of birth, marriage, and death documents. For other generations, one or more of the following records would usually be acceptable proof — cemetery records, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, probate records, wills, census records, Bible records, local histories, and well-documented genealogies. Relationships between generations must be proven. Data submitted as proof is subject to DAR standards and interpretation. For further information concerning acceptable proof or for locating sources of proof, contact a chapter registrar or chapter Lineage Research chairman.

To apply for membership, send an email to the North Carolina Society DAR Membership Chairman.

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