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Daughters of the Revolution of 1776
This database consists of an index of all of the applications submitted by prospective members of the now defunct National Society of the Daughters of the Revolution of 1776. (This is NOT the N.S.D.A.R., which organization still exists.) These applications include the direct genealogical descent from the patriot to the applicant, as well as a description of the patriot’s service.
We have provided a printable form (available upon successful database search) to request a copy of an application from the Suffolk County Historical Society. When requesting a copy of the original application, please carefully copy to the request form all the information from the search results pertaining to your desired application, and mail it along with the $10.00 fee and a SASE to the address on the request form. Enclosing a copy of the Printable Version of your Search Results page will help insure the request information is accurate.
NOTE: The database being searched includes ALL patriots for which applications exist. If your patriot ancestor is not found by searching this database, do NOT send in a request form, as no information can be provided.
The National Society of the Daughters of the Revolution of 1776...
The National Society of the Daughters of the Revolution of 1776 was founded by Mrs. Flora Adams Darling, October 11, 1890. It was organized August 20, 1891 and incorporated under the laws of the State of New York as an organization national in its work and purpose. (The article in the SCHS newsletter states the organization date as November 11, 1891)
It was founded to provide a society whose terms of membership would be based upon direct descent from Revolutionary War soldiers and statesmen of the Revolution; a distinction from the terms of the N.S.D.A.R., which at that time allowed admission to membership based on collateral claims (which terms are now long since removed by the N.S.D.A.R.).
The Society was governed by a system of State Societies and local Chapters. A State Society could be organized wherever there are at least twenty members residing within the State, and a local Chapter could be formed by five members living in the same locality. The State membership included all members of local Chapters formed in the State.
The objectives of the Society as stated in the Constitution were: "To perpetuate the patriotic spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence; to commemorate prominent events connected with the War of the Revolution; to collect, publish and preserve the rolls, records and historic documents relating to that period; to encourage the study of the country's history, and to promote sentiments of friendship and common interest among the members of the Society."
The requirements for membership, as stated in the application, were as follows:
A woman may be eligible to membership in the Society who is above the age of eighteen years, and is descended from an ancestor who assisted in establishing American Independence during the War of the Revolution, either as a military or naval officer, a soldier or a sailor; an official in the service of any of the thirteen original Colonies or of the United Colonies or States or of Vermont; a member of a committee of Correspondence or of Public Safety, or a recognized patriot who rendered material service in the cause of American Independence.
The Junior Sons and Daughters of the Revolution was organized in 1897 as an auxiliary of the General Society Daughters of the Revolution. The object is to interest its members in the history of our country, to inspire them with love for the flag and for what it stands, and to aid in preparing them for useful citizenship. Membership in the organization is open to the children of members of patriotic societies and also to children of non-members, but who are eligible through Revolutionary ancestry.
The society disbanded in 1983, and all of the records of the national society were donated to the Suffolk County Historical Society, in Riverhead, New York.
For more information about the D.O.R. and its founder, see:
Mail your request form along with the $10.00 fee and a Self-Addressed Envelope with 2 Stamps to the address on the request form. Enclosing a copy of the Printable Version of the Results page will help insure the request information is accurate.
For more information about the Suffolk County Historical Society, see:
Records Search: National Society of the Daughters Of The Revolution of 1776
Please note that at least one Last Name (e.g. Surname) is required. But since exact spellings are not always known, to aid your search we offer three different ways to specify Surnames...
- Exact Match ("is exactly") - This is the default surname search method.
- Soundex ("sounds like") - This option enables you to specify a surname spelling it out as best you can, and it will return results that "sound" similar to what you spelled out.
- Wild Card - With this option you can replace part of the surname with a * to match any number of letters, or _ to match a single letter. So for example, Sch* will return all names starting with Sch. Similarly, Schl_tz might return results such as Schlitz or Schlotz.
NOTE: The wild card option applies ONLY to the surname. You can just enter the first few letters of a First Name; the search automatically adds a wild card to the end of the First Name.
For whichever of the above surname search options you would like to use, simply select the appropriate radio button option below the input field on the form.
|Hint: ||Search Applicant’s name to find all Patriots associated with the applicant.||Hint:||Search the Patriot’s name to find all of the Applications for that patriot.|
German Genealogy Group wishes to thank all the following volunteers for
their help and participation with the
Daughters of the Revolution project:
Don Eckerle * Rosie Grummer * Irvin Hitzler * Joan Hitzler * Hank Mahoney * Ray Schratwieser * Mark Waldron
We would like to thank the staff of the Suffolk County Historical Society for their assistance in this project, especially:
Wallace W. Broege, Director; Edward H.L. Smith, III (Ned), Librarian; and Diane F. Perry, Administrative Assistant.
Special thanks to Ms. Dale Realander, who coordinated this project. If you would like to contribute time to other current Heritage Preservation projects, please contact the German Genealogy Group