Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death, as well as of the Revolutionary War service of her patriot ancestor.
Steps to Membership
- Attend an Elbridge Gerry Chapter NSDAR meeting or event to meet our Daughters and explore Who We Are.
- Gather your family history information to identify an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence between April 19, 1775 (Battle of Lexington) and November 26, 1783 (withdrawal of British Troops from New York).
- Work on and complete an application.
If you are interested in membership, please contact our membership team. To prepare for your meeting with our membership team, please review this “How to Join” page provided by the National DAR.
To assist in your research, the DAR Ancestor Search database lists ancestors on whom members of the National Society have joined. This listing is continually updated as new membership applications and supplemental applications are approved.
If you are comfortable, feel free to continue to the Genealogy page and work on the provided Pedigree Chart (PDF). But, if you do not know where to start or have not researched much of your own genealogy, don’t worry! We are delighted to help you! Our chapter has an active membership team, including many women who are happy to help YOU with research and documentation, the application paperwork, and to introduce you to our chapter members, activities, and meetings. We look forward to hearing from you!