Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?
The cost for the DAR application includes the $75 application fee plus the first year’s National Dues.  The specific cost will be listed at the beginning of the application process.  For electronic applications, these fees are payable by credit card via the Membership portal and are due at the time when the application is submitted for final review by the DAR Staff Genealogists.  Please keep in mind that your Chapter and State Society will require additional dues.

Who should/should not use the Electronic Application?
The electronic application does require that the submitter have access to an email account and high-speed Internet.  She also needs to be comfortable using a web-based application form and uploading images of supporting documentation.  
The electronic application is appropriate for applicants who wish to pay by credit card.  It may also be suitable for applicants that do not live in close proximity to the chapter that they are joining.

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.

What is the difference between the Electronic Application and the Traditional (paper) Application?
The overall content, requirements and fees for the Electronic Application and the Traditional (paper) application are the same.  The most noticeable difference is in the user-interface that the applicant sees when entering her data in the electronic application versus the traditional application in which the data is entered in a format that matches the end-product.

How long will it take?
How long it takes to fill-out the application form and progress through the initial review steps varies depending on the amount of research that needs to be done and the complexity of the lineage.  Once the application fee has been received and the application has been forwarded for review by the Staff Genealogists, it will generally take about six weeks for the application to be reviewed.  If verified by the Staff Genealogist, the application will be accepted by the National Board of Management at the beginning of the following month.

Do I need to prove my husband?
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.  

What if I don’t know who my biological father is?
In cases where one biological parent is not known AND the lineage to the patriot descends through the known biological parent, the fields for the unknown individual can be left blank.  If the reason for the omission of the individual is not clear from the submitted documentation, or if a non-biological parent is listed in his place on your birth certificate, please also submit a brief note of explanation with your application.  You can upload this explanation as a separate piece of supporting documentation for generation 1 (make sure that the note is saved as a .jpg file before you upload it).

Will my family genealogy be acceptable?
All documentation is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  In general, primary and original records are preferred over compiled family genealogies.  However, a family genealogy might be an acceptable source for a specific individual or generation if it meets DAR standards of proof.  For more information about evaluating the acceptability of a family genealogy, please refer to Genealogy Guidelines.

Can I use my Ancestry family tree as proof?
Online family tees from any website or source are not considered to be an acceptable form of documentation.  Images of original records (birth certificates, death certificates, wills, marriage records, Census records, etc) downloaded from Ancestry or any other website will be considered to be acceptable forms of documentation as long as they can be adequately evaluated within the context of the entire lineage.

What are acceptable sources of service?
In general, Revolutionary War service should be proven using original records (or transcriptions of original records) like pensions, muster rolls, pay vouchers, oaths of allegiance, town meeting minutes, county court orders, etc.  For more information about acceptable sources of service, please refer to Genealogy Guidelines.

What are acceptable sources for lineage?
The most common types of sources used to establish lineage include vital records (birth certificates, death certificates, marriage records), Census records, probate records, court records, land records, and church records.  Other types of sources might also be acceptable depending on the specific source and the specific lineage.  For more information about acceptable types of documentation, please refer to Genealogy Guidelines.