Do you have a Revolutionary Patriot in your family tree?  Any woman,who is 18 years of age and can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence, is eligible for membership in Daughters of the American Revolution    She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death with her application papers to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).  The NSDAR reserves the right to determine the acceptability of all service and proof thereof.  Admission to membership in the NSDAR is by invitation through a Chapter in your State DAR Organization.  Membership in the DAR honors and preserves the legacy of your Patriot ancestor.

The first step is to determine your lineage.  The fastest is to connect you lineage to a registered DAR member.  Or, find your family patriot’s name in the DAR Patriot Index, which contains names of Revolutionary patriots, both men and women whose service (between 1775 and 1783) has been established by the NSDAR.  Research sources are at your local library in the Genealogy section, on the DAR website, through online ancestry research agencies, or in: cemetery records, census records, wills, probate records, well-documented genealogies, local histories, the family bible and published family books.  Genealogy  workshops are offered through your local library and your state DAR organization.

Since 1890, over 850,000 members’ patriot application papers have been processed through the NSDAR Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Presently, there are 165,000 members and nearly 3,000 chapters worldwide.  Each chapter has a Registar, membership chairman, and lineage research specialist available to assist interested applicants.  As a DAR member, through participation in the society’s various programs and activities, you can continue your patriot’s legacy by actively supporting historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavors.  The society offers yearly student DAR Good Citizen and American history essay contests, community service, good citizenship and Veteran awards, and DAT scholarships.  Other comparable organizations for children and men are the Children of the American Revolution (CAR) and Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).

For further information, contact Marilyn Rockel, Honorary Regent, Olathe Chapter DAR at (913)856-7856 or [email protected]