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Do you have a Revolutionary War patriot in your family tree?

A patriot may have been in military service during the war for independence, but he or she may also have contributed to the cause by providing material aid such as supplies for the troops. You can find out more about what qualifies you to be a member here.

Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honors and preserves the legacy of your patriot ancestor. Over 200 years ago, American patriots fought and sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. Through participation in the DAR’s various programs and activities, you can continue this legacy by actively supporting historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavors.


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. Service extends beyond military participation. See a full list of accepted Revolutionary War service.

DAR volunteers in chapters throughout the country can provide guidance and assistance with the application process. Admission to membership in the National Society is through a chapter or as a Member-At-Large. Find a Michigan chapter near you.

Don’t know where to start? Fill out a pedigree chart as completely as you can and bring it with you when you meet with a chapter representative. She will be able to guide you through the application process. Find out more.

Junior Membership

The National Junior Membership Committee was established in 1937. The goals are: to gain new Junior members; to build a well-informed Junior membership; to encourage active participation in all phases of DAR service; and to support the National Junior Membership Committee’s official fundraising project–the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund.

A Junior Member is a DAR member age 18 through 35 years (until her 36th birthday). She holds full DAR membership, and when qualified, may serve as an officer and chairman at the national, state, and chapter levels. Juniors are college students, career women, and stay-at-home moms. Juniors join DAR for a variety of reasons and have diverse interests. Working together for a common goal forges many friendships and offers endless opportunities for personal and professional growth. The DAR of Michigan supports Junior membership by encouraging active participation within all levels of the organization. Juniors are the future of DAR.

Helen Pouch Memorial Fund

The Helen Pouch Memorial Fund is the National Junior Membership Committee’s official fundraising project. This fund is named in memory of Helen Pouch (1901-1919) who was the daughter of Mrs. William H. Pouch, the first National Chairman of the Junior Membership Committee in 1937, and later President General, 1941-1944. The fund provides scholarships, medical aid, and general financial assistance to the two DAR supported schools, Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Alabama, and Tamassee DAR School in South Carolina.