Join the Palm Beach DAR
Where Do I Start?
If you’re exploring this website, you probably have some interest in your family’s history—maybe even had a relative who was a member of the DAR. Now you’re finally ready to do some research of your own. That was me (vice regent), a history major with scant knowledge of my own lineage and no idea of where to begin.
You’ve come to the right place! A kind friend led me to the Palm Beach Chapter, NSDAR, and introduced me to the person who would help complete my search. That person, the chapter registrar, guides prospective members through the application process and, using NSDAR genealogists, helps locate a Patriot ancestor, maybe more than one! Prospective members must prove a biological connection for each generation, and the genealogist will help you find the documents you need.
Why not start today? Let us know of your interest, and someone will be in touch. Simple as that. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about your parents, great grands, great-great grands, and beyond, to an era long ago. You’ll be amazed at what you’re going to find.
What's The Next Step?
If you would like to begin the search yourself, you can use the Genealogical Research System, or GRS for short. It is the DAR online genealogical portal.
Here you will find collections of databases DAR has made available online. These include:
Genealogical Records Committee Index
The databases are arranged on separate tabs to make navigation easier.
Click the SEARCH button below to begin or watch the tutorial video below first.
About the Database
The DAR Ancestor Database is a listing of ancestors on whom members of the National Society have joined. This listing is updated daily as new membership applications and supplemental applications are approved. When a woman joins the DAR, she must prove her lineal descent from and the Revolutionary War service of her ancestor. The first ancestor that she proves becomes her "original" ancestor. Members' original applications are referred to simply as applications. Once she becomes a member, she may submit additional applications on as many other Patriot ancestors she can prove.
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.
We are here to provide guidance and assistance with the application process. Contact us today.