IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Electronic Application Process can only be used for Ancestors that are already fully established with the DAR. If applying through a new ancestor (not in the Ancestor Database), ancestor with the notation Treat as New Ancestor, the lineage requires an analysis (compiling indirect evidence to show a relationship), or the service attributed to the ancestor requires a study, please use the traditional paper application available on the Members' website.

Step-by-Step Instructions




Creating an Account

Once you’ve received an invitation to complete an electronic application for DAR membership, the first step is to create an account on the DAR Membership site.  

You will need to enter your name, address and email address in the designated fields.  Make sure that this information is complete.  The email address that you enter will be the main way in which you will receive information and updates about your application. 

If you are a member in good standing of the C.A.R (Children of the American Revolution), select the “Yes” button.  Otherwise, choose the “No” button.

In the lower section of the account information, take note of your username (your username will be your email address) and create a password that you would like to use for your DAR Application account.  Be sure that you save this information since you will need to login with this username and password throughout the application process.    Before you click the Submit button to create your account, make sure that you feel comfortable with the requirements for completing the Electronic Application process.

  1. You must have access to a computer, a scanner, a personal email account and high-speed Internet.
  2. You must be comfortable working with a multi-section web-based Application form and with scanning and uploading images of supporting documentation (including your birth certificate) to be submitted with the Application form.
  3. You will be comfortable submitting your application fee by credit card via our online payment portal.
If you do not feel that you meet any one of these criteria, we strongly encourage you to discuss your concerns with your Chapter Officer.  Some applicants might feel more comfortable submitting a traditional paper application form instead of beginning the Electronic Application process.  Your Chapter Officer can provide you with more information about the traditional (paper) application process.

General Site Navigation

The application form consists of several different pages or sections.  Before accessing the application, the user must check the box to acknowledge the Terms and Conditions for DAR applications.  
Once the Terms and Conditions have been acknowledged, you can navigate through the pages or sections of the application by using the “Previous Page” and “Next Page” buttons located at the top and bottom of each page.   Certain pages have required items or fields that are marked with an asterisk (*).  You must complete these fields before you can navigate to any other page or section of the application form. Though it would be best to complete the sections of the application form in the order in which they are presented, you also have the option of navigating from section to section via the use of the drop-down box located at the top and bottom of each page.   The “Save” button at the bottom of each page can be used to save the current progress on the application form in case you need to stop and come back to the application later.

The Application Form

 

Contact Information

In this section, please enter your complete name (first, middle, maiden and last) as you wish for it to appear in your official membership record, chapter records, and on any correspondence that you may receive from the DAR during or after the application process.

Enter your preferred mailing address.  This is the mailing address that will be part of your official membership record and the address that will be used to send you your Membership Certificate and Welcome Packet once your application is verified and your membership has been approved by the National Board of Management.   An incomplete or incorrect address will result in delays in the verification process and in your receipt of your Membership Certificate.

Make sure that you enter a valid email address and phone number in case we need to contact you about your application.  This information makes it much easier for us to contact you if we need more information during the application process.  The Society does not share this information with other entities and the email address and phone number will be used only for official DAR business.

In the Membership Certificate Name field, enter your name exactly as you want it to appear on your Membership Certificate.  You can include your choice of first name(s), middle name(s), maiden name and married surnames.  You can also include titles or nicknames as long as the complete entry does not exceed 40 characters (including spaces).

In the field labeled “Revolutionary Ancestor,” enter the name of the Revolutionary War patriot through whom you are claiming membership.  You can enter his/her name exactly how you wish it to appear on your Membership Certificate.  You may use your preferred spelling of the ancestor’s name as long as that spelling is accepted as an alternate spelling (ex: Brown, Braun, or Browne).  You should not include titles or ranks (ex: Rev, Dr, Esq, Lt) as we will not confirm the authenticity of these items and they will not be printed on your certificate.  Your certificate will not include any initials, middle names or maiden names that have not been verified by our genealogy staff.  Your certificate can include any desired suffix (ex: JR, SR, I, II, III) but this inclusion does not serve as confirmation that the ancestor used such terms during his lifetime.

If you wish for your spouse’s name to be included on your membership record, please enter his name in this section as you wish for it to appear on your record.  

Applicant Information

The lineage on the application form must start with You, the applicant, as the first generation.

MY BIRTH NAME: In this field, enter your birth name as it appears on your original birth certificate.  If this name is significantly different than the name that you entered in the Contact Information section, please be sure to cite and attach documentation to clarify the differences.  Such documentation might include adoption records, marriage records, or affidavits from living witnesses to your birth.  This birth name will only be used to document your lineage on the application form.  This name will not appear in any other location on your membership record.

BIRTH DATE: Use the drop-down boxes to select the day and month of your birth.  Then enter the 4-digit year of your birth in the Birth Year field.

BIRTH CITY OR TOWN OR TOWNSHIP
: Enter the location of your birth exactly as it appears on your birth certificate.  If multiple locations are listed on your birth certificate, use the smallest jurisdiction.  Please do not include addresses, hospital names, military bases or other institutions.

BIRTH COUNTY: Enter the county that appears on your birth certificate.  Use the county name followed by the designation, “Co.” For locations in LA, use “Par” instead of “Co.”  If your place of birth was an Independent City or not within a county, leave this field blank.

BIRTH STATE OR COUNTRY: Enter the 2 letter postal abbreviation for the state of birth.  For locations outside of the US, enter the name of the Country.

SOURCE CITATIONS:
Add a brief citation for each document used to establish your name, your date of birth and your relationship to your parents.  The first citation entered in this field should be “BC” to represent your birth certificate.  Later in the application process you will need to upload a copy of each document that you cite.  Remember that all citations must be clear and concise.

Marriage Details Of Applicant

We strongly encourage you to enter and document your marriage(s) as this can help to clarify and track name changes.  This information could also prove useful to future generations.  However, we understand that this information does not directly affect your biological lineage.  If you do not wish to include information for your husband(s), it might be omitted if changes to your surname can be conclusively documented without this information.  You can add as many spouses as necessary.  Please keep in mind that documentation of each event will be required.

To begin entering your marriage information, click the “Add Marriage” link.  The link will open a pop-up window where the information can be entered.  

In the Marriage Details of Applicant pop-up window:

MARRIAGE NUMBER:  If this is your first marriage, choose “1” from the drop-down box.  When entering additional spouses, choose the appropriate number for each marriage from the drop-down box.

DATE: Enter the date of this marriage.  Choose the day and month from the appropriate drop-down boxes.  In the Year field, type the 4-digit year of your marriage.  All years must be entered as 4-digit years.  Symbols cannot be included in any year fields.  If your marriage record has more than one date, please use the date that the marriage was solemnized, not the date of the license or the date of the return.

CITY OR TOWN OR TOWNSHIP: Enter the city, town or township where the marriage occurred. If no city, town, or township of marriage is stated on the marriage record, leave this field blank.  Do not enter the name of a church or venue.

COUNTY:  Enter the name of the county were the marriage was performed followed by “Co.”  If the marriage ceremony occurred in a different county than the location where the license was issued, enter the county were the marriage ceremony occurred.

STATE OR COUNTRY:  Enter the 2 letter postal abbreviation for the state where the marriage took place.  For locations outside of the US, enter the name of the country.

SPOUSE NAME: Enter the full name of your spouse in the appropriate fields.

BIRTH INFORMATION: Enter your spouse’s date and place of birth in the appropriate fields.  Be sure to use the same correct format for the date and place.

DIED AND/OR DIVORCED:  If you are still married to this spouse, leave this section blank.  Otherwise, enter either his death information or the date and place of your divorce in the appropriate fields.  Be sure to use the correct format for the date and place.

SOURCE CITATIONS
: Enter a citation for the documents used to enter the name, date/place of birth, date/place of marriage and date/place of death or divorce for this husband.  Your first citation should be “MR” for marriage record.  You might also need to cite “BC” for his birth certificate and either “DC” (for his death certificate) or “Divorce Record” for your divorce record.  Remember that you will need to upload a copy of each of these documents later in the application process.  In the case of a divorce record, you will need to upload a copy of the page that names the parties and the date of the divorce, but you do not need to upload the entire divorce decree or the details of the property settlement or child custody arrangements.

After you've completed the information in the pop-up window, you can click the “Save” button to return to the main application screen.  The “Save & New” button will save this marriage and open new fields for you to enter an additional marriage.  The “Cancel” button will delete any information that you entered and close the pop-up window to return to the main application screen.

Any marriages that you enter will appear in a list at the bottom of the Applicant Information page.  If you need to view or edit the entry for a specific marriage, you can click the “Select” link to open that record for editing.  If you need to delete a marriage that was already entered (or if a blank entry appears in this list), click the “Delete” link next to that entry.

Lineage Information

Now that you've entered yourself, the applicant, as the first generation, you can enter the rest of the generations.  Your parents will be generation 2.  Then each following generation should be entered in order down to the Revolutionary War Patriot’s generation.

The lineage entered should include the biological parents/ancestors in each generation.  Step-parents or adoptive parents should not be included on the application form.

Both the male and female in each generation must be documented.  In some cases of adoption or children born outside of a marriage, it might be admissible to only list one individual for a specific generation; however, such cases must be appropriately documented or explained.  You should discuss this type of situation with your Chapter Registrar, Volunteer Genealogist, or Lineage Research Volunteer before submitting your application form.

Complete dates and places of birth and death must be entered for each individual in the first three generations—you, your parents and your grandparents—and for any other individuals for whom vital records are readily available.  For individuals who lived prior to the advent of modern vital records, at least one date and place (of birth or death) must be documented.

Symbols like slashes, quotation marks, ampersands, the “@” symbol, or parentheses should never be entered in any of the fields on the application form.

Each name, date, place and relationship must be supported by an acceptable form of documentation.   These sources must be appropriately cited with each generation and uploaded in the acceptable file format.

To begin entering your lineage information, click the “Add Generation” link.  The link will open a pop-up window where the information can be entered.

In the Lineage Generations pop-up window:    

GENERATION NUMBER
:  In the drop-down box choose the number of this generation.  Your parents are generation 2, your grandparents are generation 3, your great-grandparents are generation 4, etc.  It might be helpful to have the generations numbered on a separate pedigree chart or outline to keep you on track while you’re entering each successive generation.

MALE INFORMATION:  

NAME: Enter the name of the male in this generation in the appropriate fields. Do not use any symbols like slashes, quotation marks or parentheses.  It is not necessary to enter common nicknames or alternate spellings—just enter the name or spelling used most often in the documentation that you have.

BIRTH DATE:  Enter the day, month and year of birth.  Remember that for recent generations, complete dates must be entered and documented.  For less recent generations where the complete date cannot be documented, you may leave the day and/or month fields empty.  You will not be able to enter any symbols or incomplete years in these fields (the following types of entries cannot be used: 30/31 Dec 1900; 1900-1902; 1720/1; 18??; 18__).  If the exact year is not known or only a date range can be determined, choose the most appropriate year or date and select the appropriate qualifier/term from the next field (BIRTH DATE TYPE).

BIRTH DATE TYPE: If you can document the exact date of birth, leave this field set to “none.”  If you are estimating a date of birth from an age on a Census record or an age at death, choose “circa” from the drop-down box.  If you cannot document the date of birth, but you can document the date of infant baptism or christening, enter the complete date of that event in the date fields, then choose “baptism” from the drop-down box.

BIRTH PLACE: Enter the city, county and state of birth in the appropriate fields.  Be sure to include “Co” after the name of the county (“Par” for Parish or “Dist” for District might also be appropriate designations for certain states and locations).  Remember that complete places should be documented for recent generations.  For less recent generations where the complete place cannot be documented, you may leave the applicable fields empty.

DEATH DATE: Enter the day, month and year of death.  If the person in this generation is still living, leave these fields blank. Remember that for recent generations, complete dates must be entered and documented.  For less recent generations where the complete date cannot be documented, you may leave the applicable fields empty. You will not be able to enter any symbols or incomplete years in these fields (the following types of entries cannot be used: 30/31 Dec 1900; 1900-1902; 1720/1; 18??; 18__).  If the exact year is not known or only a date range can be determined, choose the most appropriate year or date and select the appropriate qualifier/term from the next field (DEATH DATE TYPE).

DEATH DATE TYPE: If you can document the exact date of death, leave this field set to “none.”  If you are estimating a date of death from a probate date, choose “ante” for “before” from the drop-down box.  If you are estimating a date of death from the date his will was written or from his last appearance in a Census record or on a deed, choose “post” for “after” from the drop-down box.  If the documented date is a date of burial rather than a date of death, choose “buried” from the drop-down box.

DEATH PLACE: Enter the city, county and state of death in the appropriate fields.  Be sure to include “Co” after the name of the county (“Par” for Parish or “Dist” for District might also be appropriate designations for certain states and locations).  If you entered a “post” date of death in the date fields, enter the location where the person was living at the time of the date that you entered. If the person in this generation is still living, leave these fields blank. Remember that complete places should be documented for recent generations.  For less recent generations where the complete place cannot be documented, you may leave the applicable fields empty.

MARRIAGE NUMBER:  If the information that you are going to add for the Female represents this man’s first wife, choose “1” from the drop-down box.  If this couple was not married, leave the drop-down box as “none.”


FEMALE INFORMATION

NAME: Enter the name of the female in this generation in the appropriate fields. Do not use any symbols like slashes, quotation marks or parentheses.  It is not necessary to enter common nicknames or alternate spellings—just enter the name or spelling used most often in the documentation that you have.  If this woman was married prior to her marriage to this husband, please enter both her maiden name and her previous married surname in the maiden name field.

BIRTH DATE:  Enter the day, month and year of birth.  Remember that for recent generations, complete dates must be entered and documented.  For less recent generations where the complete date cannot be documented, you may leave the applicable fields empty. You will not be able to enter any symbols or incomplete years in these fields (the following types of entries cannot be used: 30/31 Dec 1900; 1900-1902; 1720/1; 18??; 18__).  If the exact year is not known or only a date range can be determined, choose the most appropriate year or date and select the appropriate qualifier/term from the next field (BIRTH DATE TYPE).

BIRTH DATE TYPE: If you can document the exact date of birth, leave this field set to “none.”  If you are estimating a date of birth from an age on a Census record or an age at death, choose “circa” from the drop-down box.  If you cannot document the date of birth, but you can document the date of infant baptism or christening, enter the complete date of that event in the date fields, then choose “baptism” from the drop-down box.

BIRTH PLACE: Enter the city, county and state of birth in the appropriate fields.  Be sure to include “Co” after the name of the county (“Par” for Parish or “Dist” for District might also be appropriate designations for certain states and locations).  Remember that complete places should be documented for recent generations.  For less recent generations where the complete place cannot be documented, you may leave the applicable fields empty.

DEATH DATE: Enter the day, month and year of death.  If the person in this generation is still living, leave these fields blank. Remember that for recent generations, complete dates must be entered and documented.  For less recent generations where the complete date cannot be documented, you may leave the applicable fields empty. You will not be able to enter any symbols or incomplete years in these fields (the following types of entries cannot be used: 30/31 Dec 1900; 1900-1902; 1720/1; 18??; 18__).  If the exact year is not known or only a date range can be determined, choose the most appropriate year or date and select the appropriate qualifier/term from the next field (DEATH DATE TYPE).

DEATH DATE TYPE: If you can document the exact date of death, leave this field set to “none.”  If you are estimating a date of death from a probate date, choose “ante” for “before” from the drop-down box.  If you are estimating a date of death from the date a will was written or from her last appearance in a Census record or on a deed, choose “post” for “after” from the drop-down box.  If the documented date is a date of burial rather than a date of death, choose “buried” from the drop-down box.

DEATH PLACE: Enter the city, county and state of death in the appropriate fields.  Be sure to include “Co” after the name of the county (“Par” for Parish or “Dist” for District might also be appropriate designations for certain states and locations). If you entered a “post” date of death in the date fields, enter the location where the person was living at the time of the date that you entered.  If the person in this generation is still living, leave these fields blank. Remember that complete places should be documented for recent generations.  For less recent generations where the complete place cannot be documented, you may leave the applicable fields empty.

MARRIAGE

MARRIED DATE: Enter the day, month and year of the marriage of this couple.  If these individuals were not married, leave this field blank. While it is not necessary to document the marriage of every generation, providing documentation of each marriage is an important part of ensuring that the lineage is complete and accurate. You will not be able to enter any symbols or incomplete years in these fields (the following types of entries cannot be used: 30/31 Dec 1900; 1900-1902; 1720/1; 18??; 18__).  If the exact year is not known or only a date range can be determined, choose the most appropriate year or date and select the appropriate qualifier/term from the next field (MARRIAGE DATE TYPE).

MARRIED DATE TYPE: If you can document the exact date of marriage, leave this field set to “none.”  If you are estimating a date of marriage from a deed, probate record, Census record or other source, choose the appropriate designation from the drop-down box.  Choose “ante” for “before,” “post” for “after,” or “circa” for “about.”

MARRIED PLACE: Enter the city, county and state of death in the appropriate fields.  Be sure to include “Co” after the name of the county (“Par” for Parish or “Dist” for District might also be appropriate designations for certain states and locations).  Remember that complete places should be documented for recent generations.  For less recent generations where the complete place cannot be documented, you may leave the applicable fields empty.

SOURCE CITATION:  Add a brief citation for each document used to establish the names, dates, places and relationships that you entered for this generation.  Later in the application process you will need to upload a copy of each document that you cite. All citations must be clear and concise.

  • For any information that has been previously verified on a DAR application, you only need to enter that member’s national number and the name and number of the ancestor (ex: #200000, John Partridge Bissell, A010539).
  • For Vital Records, “BC” for birth certificate, “DC” for death certificate, and “MR” for marriage record are usually sufficient citations.
  • For Census Records, include the Year, State, County, Town, Enumeration Dist and page number.  (ex: 1880C, IN, Howard Co, Harrison Twp, ED 55, p 474A)
  • For Newspaper items, include the subject, name of the newspaper, publication date and page number.  If the Newspaper item is available online, also include the name of the website. (ex: Marr of Ulrich Wachnitz, Knox Starke Co Republican, 1 Jul 1909, p 4)
  • For Books, include the author’s surname, title, and page number.  If appropriate, a volume number or year of publication might also need to be included.  (Creel, Selected VA Revolutionary War Records, vol 1, p 10)
  • When adding source citations, make sure that each source that you use can be evaluated as an acceptable source of information.  Vital records like birth certificates and death certificates, court records, probate records, Census records (1850 or later) and church records are usually acceptable types of records but each item must be evaluated within the context of the entire lineage on the application form.  Family genealogies, modern local histories and index-only records should be used with caution.  For more information about evaluating the acceptability of sources, please refer to Genealogy Guidelines.

RELATIONSHIP: Now that you have finished entering the dates and places for this generation, it’s time to think about the next generation.  Is the next generation in your lineage to the patriot going to include the parents of the man that you just entered, or the parents of the woman that you just entered?  Check the appropriate box.  If the generation that you just entered is your Revolutionary War patriot, then check the box that states that this generation includes the patriot ancestor so no further generations will be added.

After you’ve completed the information in the pop-up window, you can click the “Save” button to return to the main application screen.  The “Save & New” button will save this generation and open new fields for you to enter the next generation.  The “Cancel” button will delete any information that you entered and close the pop-up window to return to the main application screen.

Each generation that you enter will appear in a list at the bottom of the Lineage page.  If you need to view or edit the entry for a specific generation, you can click the “Select” link to open that record for editing.  If you need to delete a generation that was already entered, click the “Delete” link.

 

Ancestor Information and Service

PATRIOT

For established Revolutionary War Patriots, complete this information exactly as it appears on his/her ancestor record in the GRS.  If the information in the GRS is incomplete or incorrect (or if you are adding new information), include the needed information AND appropriate sources for that information.  

FIRST NAME:  Enter the first name of the patriot as it appears in the GRS.  Do not include alternate spellings.

MIDDLE NAME:  If a middle name or initial has been verified or can be documented, enter that name in this field.  Otherwise, leave this field blank.

MAIDEN NAME:  If the patriot is female, enter her maiden name in this field.  If her maiden name is not established and cannot be documented, add “X” in this field.

LAST NAME: Enter the patriot’s last name in this field exactly as it appears in the GRS.  The spelling of some names has been standardized to group like names together.  If this is true for your ancestor, the standardized spelling must be entered in this field.  This is strictly a record-keeping and organizational practice and is not intended to be the authoritative record of how the ancestor’s name was spelled during his lifetime.

SUFFIX:  Suffixes of SR or JR should only be entered if both father and son of the same name are currently established as Revolutionary War Patriots.  Otherwise, leave this field blank.

The Ancestor Residence field(s) is used to indicate where the ancestor was living during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783).  The residence of the ancestor is an important part of verifying that the correct service has been credited to the ancestor.  To add the ancestor’s location of residence, click the “Add new Residence” link.  The link will open a pop-up window where the information can be entered.  For all residence locations, use the name used to designate the location at the time of the Revolutionary War.  Remember that names and boundaries have changed over time, so the historical name(s) entered in these fields may be different from the current town, county or state name.  If the ancestor moved from one location to another during the Revolutionary War, or if the location where the ancestor was living became part of a different jurisdiction (county or district) during the Revolutionary War, you might need to enter more than one residence.  Do not enter a specific location in the residence field if the ancestor was only in that location as part of his Revolutionary War service (Do not enter specific military camps, cities visited for participation in governmental activities, etc.)

In the Ancestor Residence pop-up window:    

CITY OR TOWN OR TOWNSHIP:  Enter the city, town or township where your ancestor was living during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783).  Usually a city or town of residence is required for patriots who resided in New England.  For patriots in other areas, for whom a town oF residence cannot be proven, other jurisdictions such as a precinct, hundred, or community might also be entered in this field if such a location can be documented as the location of residence.

COUNTY:  If the ancestor lived in a location where the local government was organized into Counties, enter the name of the county where the ancestor was living during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783) followed by the designation of “Co.”  A county or district of residence is required for almost all patriots.  

DISTRICT:  If the ancestor lived during the Revolutionary War in a location where the local government had a level of jurisdiction identified as a District (that is larger than the County level jurisdiction), add that location followed by the designation of “Dist” in this field.  This field should also be used for certain jurisdictions (larger than the town or county) for some location outside of the original 13 colonies.

STATE:  Enter the two letter postal abbreviation for the state in which the ancestor resided during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783).  For ancestors who resided outside of the original 13 colonies, add the appropriate abbreviation for the country/region of residence.

After you've completed the information in the pop-up window, you can click the “Save” button to return to the main application screen.  The “Save & New” button will save this residence and open new fields for you to enter another location of residence.  The “Cancel” button will delete any information that you entered and close the pop-up window to return to the main application screen.

Each residence that you enter will appear in a list Ancestor Residence heading.  If you need to view or edit the entry for a specific residence, you can click the “Select” link to open that record for editing.  If you need to delete a residence that was already entered, click the “Delete” link next to that residence.

SERVICE STATE 1: From the drop-down box, choose the name of the State in/for which the ancestor served.  In most cases, this should be the same as the state entered in the Residence field.  The service state should only be used to designate the state in for which the ancestor served (the state in control of his military unit, the state that paid him for furnishing supplies, the state in which he served in a governmental capacity at the state or local level).  If your ancestor’s military unit traveled to other location as part of their military service, enter only the state in control of his military unit, not each state that he traveled through.  If you need to enter more than one state of service, use the “Service State 2” and “Service State 3” fields, otherwise, leave fields 2 and 3 blank.

HIGHEST MILITARY RANK ACHIEVED:  If your ancestor served in the military,  use the drop-down box to choose the abbreviation for the highest military rank credited to your ancestor during the Revolutionary War.  Any lower ranks that he held during the War can be entered in the Service Description field.  

SDI: If your ancestor signed the Declaration of Independence, check this box.

CS: If your patriot performed Civil Service (holding certain positions in the local patriotic government, serving as a juror, etc), check this box.

PS: If your patriot performed some other type of Patriotic Service during the Revolutionary War (furnishing supplies, taking an oath of allegiance, serving on a committee made necessary by the War), check this box.  

For more information about ranks and types of service, please refer to Genealogy Guidelines.

ANCESTOR NUMBER: If your ancestor is already established as a DAR patriot, enter his Ancestor number from the GRS.

SOURCE OF SERVICE:  The source of service should be a concise citation for the acceptable documentary source that was used to verify the Revolutionary War service.  If this ancestor currently has a valid Service Source listed on his ancestor record in the GRS, copy that source into this field.  The Ancestor number or a DAR National Number should never be entered as the source of service.  Family genealogies should not be entered as a source of service.  If you need to enter a new Source of Service because there is not one listed on the ancestor’s record in the GRS, or because you are adding new/additional service information, be sure to upload a copy of that source in the Supporting Documentation section later in this application. For more information about acceptable sources of service, please refer to Genealogy Guidelines.

SERVICE DESCRIPTION: The service description should include a brief overview of the documented Revolutionary War service performed by the ancestor.  For military service, the service description should include additional ranks that the ancestor held (that were lower than the rank entered in the Rank field); specific jobs/duties that the ancestor performed in the military (Matross, Cavalry, Adjutant, Commissary, Aide-de-camp, etc); and the names of the officers under which he served (ex: Capt James Parr, Col Daniel Morgan).  For Civil Service, the service description should include a brief description of the service performed (ex: Juror, Surveyor).  For Patriotic Service the service description should include a brief description of the service performed (ex: furnished supplies; member of committee of correspondence; took oath of allegiance, 1776; etc.)

Ancestor Marriages

Sometimes, knowing the name(s) of the spouse(s) of the patriot can be helpful in establishing the correct identity, residence and service of the patriot.  If your patriot ancestor was married more than once, please enter the names of each of his/her spouses in the order of marriage.  Note that only the spouse through whom your lineage descends should be listed in your lineage information on the previous sections of the application.  This list of spouses will not be considered as proof for spouses not listed on the previous lineage page, but this information may serve as a useful research aid for future applicants who wish to join through this ancestor.

In the section labeled “MY REVOLUTIONARY ANCESTOR WAS MARRIED TO” you will see a list of all of the spouses that you have entered.  To enter a new spouse, click the “Add new record” link.  To edit a spouse that you have already entered, click the “select” link next to the name of the spouse.  The link will open a pop-up window where the information can be entered.  

In “My Revolutionary Ancestor was married to” pop-up window:  

SPOUSE NAME:  Enter the first, middle and maiden name of the patriot’s spouse.  If the wife of the patriot was married prior to her marriage to the patriot, also enter her previous married surname(s).  If her maiden name or surname is undocumented, enter “X” in place of the unknown name (ex: Martha X).

MARRIED AT:  Enter the location where the marriage occurred.  Be sure to enter the location in the correct format—the city if known, followed by the county with “Co” designation, and the state.

MARRIED ON: Enter the date on which they were married.  If only a partial date is known, leave the other parts of the field black, then use the following field to describe the type of date.

MARRIED ON DATE TYPE: If you can document a complete date for this event, leave this box as “none.” If you can only document an estimated, approximate, or otherwise modified date, chose the appropriate term from the drop-down box. Use “circa” for “about,” “post” for “after,” and “ante” for “before.”

SOURCE CITATION: Add a brief citation for the document used to establish the name of this spouse and the date and place of marriage.  The citations should follow the same guidelines used for the supporting documentation listed in the LINEAGE section of the application.  Later in the application process you will need to upload a copy of each document that you cite.

After you've completed the information in the pop-up window, you can click the “Save” button to return to the main application screen.  The “Save & New” button will save this spouse and open new fields for you to enter another spouse of the patriot.  The “Cancel” button will delete any information that you entered and close the pop-up window to return to the main application screen.

Each spouse that you enter will appear in a list at the bottom of the page.  If you need to view or edit the entry for a specific spouse, you can click the “Select” link to open that record for editing.  If you need to delete a spouse that was already entered, click the “Delete” link.


Ancestor Children

Sometimes, knowing the names of the children of the patriot can be helpful in establishing the correct identity of the patriot.  If you have an acceptable form of documentation (ie: Will, Probate Record, Vital Records) to prove all of the children of the patriot, please enter their information here and attach said documentation.  If you do not have an acceptable form of documentation to establish the children of the patriot, leave this section blank.

Please note that this list will not be considered as proof of lineal descent from the Revolutionary patriot except for the spouse and child listed on the previous lineage page, but this information may serve as a useful research aid for future applicants who wish to join through this ancestor.

To enter a child, click the “Add new record” link.  To edit a child that you have already entered, click the “select” link next to the name of the child.  The link will open a pop-up window where the information can be entered.  

In “Ancestor Children” pop-up window:  

CHILD NAME: Enter the first and middle of the patriot’s child.  

BIRTH DATE: Enter the date on which the child was born.  If only a partial date is known, leave the other parts of the field black, then use the following field to describe the type of date.

BIRTH DATE TYPE: If you can document a complete date for this event, leave this box as “none.” If you can only document an estimated, approximate, or otherwise modified date, chose the appropriate term from the drop-down box. Use “circa” for “about,” “post” for “after,” and “ante” for “before.”

BIRTH LOCATION: Enter the location where the child was born.  Be sure to enter the location in the correct format—the city if known, followed by the county with “Co” designation and the state.

TO WHOM MARRIED: If documented, enter the complete name of the spouse of the child.

SOURCE CITATION: Add a brief citation for the document used to establish the name of this spouse and the date and place of marriage.  The citations should follow the same guidelines used for the supporting documentation listed in the LINEAGE section of the application.  Later in the application process you will need to upload a copy of each document that you cite.  A DAR National Number should not be cited as a source in this field.

After you've completed the information in the pop-up window, you can click the “Save” button to return to the main application screen.  The “Save & New” button will save this child and open new fields for you to enter the next child.  The “Cancel” button will delete any information that you entered and close the pop-up window to return to the main application screen.

Each child that you enter will appear in a list at the bottom of the page.  If you need to view or edit the entry for a specific child, you can click the “Select” link to open that record for editing.  If you need to delete a child that was already entered, click the “Delete” link.


Supporting Documentation

Each name, date, place and relationship entered in the previous sections of this application must be supported by acceptable forms of documentation.  Such documentation might include the National Number associated with a previously verified DAR Application, Vital Records, Census Records, Probate Records, Land Records, Court Records, Church Records, etc.  With the exception of previously verified DAR applications, one legible copy of each document must be uploaded here.  Make sure that you upload a copy of each document that you listed in the Source Citation field on each section of the Application form AND make sure that each document uploaded is listed in at least one Source Citation field on the Application form.  It is not necessary to upload copies of any previously verified DAR Applications that are cited as sources for the lineage.  Remember that all documentation is subject to review, evaluation and interpretation by the NSDAR Genealogy Staff.

In the FILE UPLOAD section, you will see a list of all documents that have been uploaded to your application.  To add a new piece of supporting documentation, click the “Add New File” link.  If you need to edit a piece of documentation that you have already added, click the “select” link next to that file.

In the FILE UPLOAD pop-up window:

FILE TYPE: Use the drop-down box to choose the most appropriate category or type of document for the item being uploaded.

FILE DESCRIPTION: Enter a description of the document.  The file description should start with the number of the generation to which the document pertains (ie: Gen 1 for you, Gen 2 for you parents, Gen 3 for your grandparents, etc).  If the document pertains to more than one generation, list the generation which is the main subject of the document (Ie: the person who is the main subject of the death certificate, the person who wrote the will, the person who is the head-of-household in the census, etc).  After the generation number, give the same brief description of the item that you entered in the “Source Citations” field for the generation.

UPLOAD DOCUMENTATION FILE: Click the “Browse” button to locate the file for this piece of documentation on your computer.

All files must be uploaded as JPG files.  Documentation cannot be uploaded as PDF or any other type of image files, so make sure that you have saved your documentation files in the correct file format and correct color scheme before you begin the upload process.  Once you locate the file on your computer, the file name will be listed next to the Browse button.  Be sure to click the Attach button to upload the file to your application.  
After your file has been attached, you can click the “Save” button to return to the main application screen.  The “Save & New” button will save the information for this file and open new fields for you to upload the next document.  The “Cancel” button will delete any information that you entered and close the pop-up window to return to the main application screen.

Each file you upload will appear in a list at the bottom of the page.  If you need to view or edit the entry for a specific file, you can click the “Select” link to open that record for editing.  If you need to delete a file that was already uploaded, click the “Delete” link.

Complete Application and Submit

Before you submit the application, please make sure that all information is complete and accurate.  Any information that is incomplete, incorrect, undocumented or that includes typographical errors will cause a delay in the application review process.  By clicking the submit button, the applicant is acknowledging that the identified patriot is her ancestor and that the statements set forth are true to the best of her knowledge and belief.  The applicant also pledges allegiance to the United States of America and agrees to support its Constitution.  (This applies to applicants for membership within the United States of America and its territories.)

In order to ensure that you application is complete, answer YES to each of the questions on this page.  If you need to answer NO to any of these questions, then please go back and revised your application before you click the Submit button.

Once you’ve answered YES to each question, click the button to “Print Proof” the application.  This PDF overview of the application should help you to make sure that your lineage is complete and that no details have been left out.  You can also save a copy of this PDF to your computer for your records.

Once you’re completely finished with the application, click the “Submit” button.

 

Final Steps

Once you submit your completed application, your chapter officers will review the application to make sure that everything is filled out correctly and completely.  If your chapter officers discover any changes that need to be made, they will contact you and help you make the needed corrections.
Once your chapter officers determine that your application is complete, they will submit the application for review by specially trained Electronic Application Review volunteers.  These volunteers provide a further review of the application to make sure that the application is complete so it can be verified as quickly as possible.

After the Electronic Application Reviewers have accepted your application, you will be asked to submit your payment information.  Following your payment, your application will be submitted for official review by the DAR Staff Genealogists.