Founded in 1895, Children of the American Revolution is the oldest patriotic organization for youths in the United States. Membership is open to descendants of patriots of the American Revolution who are under the age of 21.
Open to NSDAR Regional Districts, State Societies, and related national sites. Local Chapters are asked to submit their site to the Regional categories under the appropriate city and/or county.
As one of the largest and most prominent lineage societies in the United States today, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is recognized world wide as one of America's most patriotic women's organization firmly based upon ancestry back the American Revolution. Yet it had a rather auspicious, and quite interesting, beginning.
With the exception of the exclusive Society of the Cincinnati, formed in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army, the American Revolution spawned no patriotic society until a group called the Sons of the Revolutionary Sires was organized in California on October 22, 1875. Next came the Sons of the Revolution in New York in 1883.
When the Sons of the American Revolution organized at Frances Tavern in New York City on April 30, 1889, it incorporated a number of early State Societies of Sons, including the California group. Some of the SAR societies permitted women; some did not. At its general meeting in Lexington, Kentucky on April 30, 1890, the Sons of the American Revolution made a fateful decision to exclude women -- and history seized the opportunity. The unwarranted discrimination was trumpeted in the local newspapers, which compelled six women to meet on a stormy night in October 1890 and set in motion plans to organize their own society for the daughters of those Revolutionary War Patriots. As their main objective they decided their organization would be national in scope and committed to patriotic service. As a rule the NSDAR is open to those women over the age of 18 who can prove their lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.
Since that first inspired meeting, the National Society DAR has subsequently grown to include a registry of 9 Reporting Divisions, 51 State Societies and almost 3,000 local chapters. Over 798,000 women have placed their names in the DAR books beneath that of their patriotic ancestors, and the DAR objectives of historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavor have continued to this day.
The National Headquarters, which include the DAR Genealogical Library housing over 95,000 books, and the DAR Museum holding over 30,000 artifacts of the colonial and post colonial eras, are located at 1776 D Street, Washington DC, directly across the lawns from the White House.
The history of the DAR is found in the publication "A Century of Service - The story of the DAR" by Ann Arnold Hunter, published 1991 by the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1776 D. Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Open to all national and state chapters of the Society of Colonial Wars.Fraternal lineage society open to men who are lineally descended from an ancestor who served as a military or naval officer or held office in any of the American colonies prior to the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775.
Open to all state and national sites for the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.There is currently no description created for this category.
Open to all state and national sites for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Local Camps are asked to submit their site to the Regional categories under the appropriate city, county, or region.There is currently no description created for this category.
Open to all state and national sites for the National Society United States Daughters of 1812.The National Society United State Daughters of 1812 was organized on January 8, 1892 on the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. The society requires lineal descent from an ancestor who rendered military, naval or civil service between the close of the American Revolutionary War in 1783 and the close of the War of 1812 in 1815, Military service may be in any one of sixteen recognized engagements between those dates. The purposes of this society is to promote patriotism, knowledge of the history of the American people, and emphasize the heroic deeds of the civil, military and naval life of those who molded the new American government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812.