Daughters of the American Revolution
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Welcome to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) project. The NSDAR was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, educationand patriotism. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. With more than 185,000members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.dar.org.


NSDAR currently accepts DNA test results submitted within the context of an analysis. Detailed instructions for submitting DNA evidence with an application or supplemental application can be found on the DAR’s Member Website. DAR also offers short online class on DNA. For more information, see our online class page.


Members and their family members who have tested are encouraged to share their test results by joining this group. As of July 2020, use of atDNA, MtDNA and Y-DNA results may be used for an application or supplemental applications as outlined on the public and member's website. Your participation in this project is appreciated! 

Q: What is the difference between NSDAR and DAR?

These acronyms both refer to the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and are used interchangeably. The acronym is pronounced by saying each letter "D-A-R" rather than one word "Dar."

Q: Why does DAR have a lineal requirement for membership?

The DAR was founded in 1890 by four women whose common bond was the fact that each had fathers or grandfathers who were patriots of the American Revolution. The founders of the Daughters of the American Revolution sought to create an organization that would "perpetuate the memory and spirit of the women and men who achieved American independence."        

Q: I'm adopted can I still become a member?

Yes, but only through your birth parents' lineage, not that of your adopted family. In each generation of the lineage, the parents listed must be the biological parents.  For more information about DAR membership go to http://www.dar.org/national-society/become-member

Q:  There isn’t a summary page for the Family Finder test results on the project website like there is for the Y-DNA and MtDNA results.  How do I compare my results with those in the NSDAR DNA project?

Click once on the myFTDNA icon in the upper left hand corner.  Select Tools & Apps, then click on Advanced matching.  Check the relevant boxes for Y-DNA, MtDNA, and/or Family Finder and use the pull down menu under Show Matches For and select the NSDAR project.  Click Run Report and the names and kit numbers of your matches in the selected project will appear.  The Family Finder Matches will also show the relationship such as 4th – remote cousin.

Q: I am a DAR member.   Can my first cousin also join the NSDAR DNA project?


The group is open to all DAR members and their immediate family members.  This includes spouses, siblings, parents, grandparents, 1st cousins, aunts and uncles, inlaws, adult children, etc. 

Q:  My brother took a YDNA test and has joined the NSDAR DNA group project.. Is there a way to copy my tree to him so that we do not have to type in everything all over again?

A:  In the bottom section of the FTDNA kit account, is a section called Family Tree. Click the Family Tree link and then click the Tree Management button. You can export gedcoms and upload gedcoms from the Tree Management option.