How to Search for Your Lineage
How to Establish Your Lineage
Gaining membership in the NSDAR is a unique opportunity to establish one's lineage and heritage as a descendent of a patriot of the American Revolution. Applicants must prove their lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence. Documentation required for each generation includes proofs of birth, marriage, and death. Documentation is required to link the generations to one another. The first link is the applicant's birth certificate naming her parents.
Listed below are some additional sources that may be used:
CLASSIC SOURCES: Census Records, Land Records, Military and Pension records, Tax Records, Probate Records, Bible and Family Records, Church Records, Encounters with the Law.
BIRTH: Delayed Birth Certificate, Midwife Record, Census - Federal/State, School Record, Newspaper Announcement, Baptismal Certificate, Social Security Record.
MARRIAGE: Complete Marriage Record, Marriage Bann, Divorce Records, Church Records, Church Certificate, Newspaper Announcement, Tombstone/Cemetery Record.
DEATH: Complete Death Record, Cemetery/Tombstone Record, Funeral Home Record, Insurance Policy, Church Notice, Obituary, Funeral Card, Professional Organizations.
CONTEMPORARY SOURCES: Employment Record, Loan Applications, Passports and Visa Applications.