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.

In applying for DAR membership, women must document their lineage back to an ancestor who aided the cause of American independence. These efforts may come through military, civil or patriotic service and must occur during the period between 19 April 1775 (Battle of Lexington) and 26 November 1783 (withdrawal of British troops from New York).

Acceptability for chapter membership is determined by ballot of the chapter, with the applicant having been endorsed by two chapter members. Goshen Mills requires an applicant to attend one chapter meeting before a vote can take place. No chapter may discriminate against an applicant on the basis of race, religion, or ethnic background.

We at Goshen Mills Chapter NSDAR actively encourage and help our prospective members in collecting the needed proof. We periodically conduct workshops for prospective members to assist them in their genealogical research and provide individual help. Contact us for information on workshops or if you have questions about membership.