Membership

As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 180,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. 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 DAR.

A prospective member must provide documentation proving her lineage. This documentation must prove statements of birth, marriage, and death for each generation backwards, beginning with herself and up to and including her patriot. She must also prove the civilian, patriotic, or military service of her patriot.
DAR volunteers in chapters throughout the country provide guidance and assistance with the entire application process. Admission to membership in the National Society is either through an established chapter or as a Member-At-Large.

If you're looking to join a chapter and feel the Presidio Chapter is the right fit for you, please click the Contact Us button below. You'll hear from our registrar, who will ask you a few questions about your lineage. 

If you have completed research on your lineage, our registrar asks that you please collect it and keep it together in a safe place. She will want to review with you each proof source for birth, marriage, and death, in addition to the proof of your patriot's service.

If you have not completed research on your lineage, don't worry! DAR registrars and volunteer genealogists are available to guide you through the process and do what they can to help you find the proof you need to join.

Still confused? Overwhelmed? Don't know where to start?

Click on the Contact Us button below and we'll give you a call.
Any DAR member age eighteen through thirty-five years (until her thirty-sixth birthday) is a Junior Member. She holds full DAR membership and may serve as an officer or chairman at the national, state, and chapter levels. Why the distinction? The DAR recognizes the Juniors of today are the leaders of tomorrow!

The Presidio Chapter is consistently recognized, year after year, at the state and national levels for having a high percentage of Junior Members. Many of our members joined as Juniors and remain Juniors at heart.

In addition to meeting other like-minded young women, Junior Members may attend selected events designed specifically for them. Presidio Chapter Junior Membership events have included:

  • Walking tours of historic neighborhoods such as Russian Hill and Pacific Heights
  • Speakers' Series events at The Presidio including "Dance, Music, and Song: The Lively Arts at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition" 
  • Fort Point Candlelight Tour

In addition to special events, Junior Members have the opportunity to page at both the California State and National Society's annual conferences. Any member from age 18 until her 41st birthday, who has been accepted as a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, is eligible to page.

Pages assist all of the conference committees and staff responsible for the smooth operation of each conference. They serve as hostesses, errand runners, flag bearers and helping hands to all members in attendance. Additionally, pages add pageantry to the processions, and, as a result of their participation, gain a greater knowledge of the workings of the Society.
"Newspapers took up the cry and sent intelligence over the land. Application papers began to pour in. The American women were awakened by this revelation and now 'What is it for?' was answered with 'It is not for an aristocracy,
but to honor the men who carried the muskets and the boys who beat the drums and fifed Yankee Doodle for liberty. For the honor of the women who served the country in their homes while the men were away fighting the battles for freedom.
And that their names should be rescued from the musty annals of the revolution and for the first time inscribed on the pages of history as factors in making the nation.'"
- Mary Smith Lockwood, DAR Founder, reflecting on the Society's growth in its first year and the increased understanding of its purpose.

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