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Becoming a DAR Member

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Need help researching your ancestry or preparing your DAR membership application? Assistance is available during a New Jesey regional lineage research workshop.

The next workshop will be scheduled soon!



Our NJDAR chapters are filled with warm and welcoming members, and are happy to include guests and prospective members who would like to attend their chapter meetings. Please do contact the chapter in advance to make certain you have all pertinent information about the date, time and meeting location.


Eligibility for membership
Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence. A complete list of eligibility information is available on the NSDAR "Become A Member" Page.

If you believe you have a patriot in your family tree, or have located an ancestor who was a Revolutionary patriot, the registrar of a chapter in your area can help you complete your research and your membership application.


Beginning your research
The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) on the DAR web site is a new and outstanding resource. The GRS is a combination of several extensive genealogical databases and contains names of Revolutionary patriots, both men and women, whose service (between 1775 and 1783) has been established by the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. Additional information available may include: dates and places of birth and death, name(s) of wife (wives) or husband(s) and children, rank, type of service and the state where the patriot lived or served.

Please remember that not every Revolutionary patriot is included in this list, but only those who are ancestors of DAR members. A recent addition to the GRS is the ability to order and download copies online of any application(s) that you believe will help in your own research and application.

If you do not find your patriot on the list do not be discouraged. Contact a chapter in your area and ask to meet with the chapter registrar. She has considerable experience in researching patriot ancestors, and will have any number of helpful suggestions for you.

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