Become A Member

If you live in the Knoxville area or are new to Knoxville and believe one of your ancestors may have served in the American Revolutionary War, we would love to meet you and discuss the possibility of you joining our chapter! Your Patriot does not have to have served in Tennessee.

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 American Revolutionary War service of her Patriot ancestor.

Prospective Member Assistance

We have members who have completed Genealogy Education Programs (GEP) who are more than willing to assist in researching the lineage to your Patriot.

Eligibility for membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is through lineal, bloodline descent from a man or woman who aided in achieving American independence through service to the nation.

Researching Your Patriot

Below are several resources you may use to research your lineage to your Patriot.


If you already know your Patriot, the first step is to look him or her up in the
Genealogical Research System (GRS), a free service of NSDAR. You can access the database from the DAR website. You can also search by member or descendant if you know the name of a
relative who may have been in the DAR.


The first step is, to begin with what you know and what you can document.  What documents do you have for yourself and your family? Do you have a copy of your birth certificate? If you are married, do you have a copy of your marriage certificate? What information is in these records?  What documentation do you have for your parents and grandparents? If any of them are deceased, do you have copies of their death certificates or obituaries?

Other generations of the lineage can be found in the GRS. The NSDAR website has tips on how to research your lineage.


The Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection is the history and genealogy department of the Knox County Public Library.