Section 1. Any woman who is a citizen of the United States of America, of good moral character, who has attained her eighteenth year, shall be eligible to membership, provided that she shall be acceptable to the Society and shall be the lineal descendant of an ancestor who rendered civil or military service in any of the colonies prior to July 4, 1776. Legal adoption shall not qualify for lineal descent."
How To Become A Member
"Article III. Eligibility (NDAC Constitution and Bylaws)
Membership is by written invitation after an affirmative vote by the Chapter or State Society. Applicants shall be endorsed by two members of the Chapter of State Society in good standing, both of whom shall reside in that State. The applicant shall present her typed, notarized application papers, (in duplicate) through the Chapter or State Regent for her approval and that of the Chapter or State Registrar. The application papers thus approved, and accompanied by the application fee and annual national dues, shall be sent by the Chapter or State Treasurer, or State Regent (for an organizing member of a new chapter) to the National Treasurer, who forwards the papers to the National Registrar for Verification.
Eligibility For Membership
An applicant must furnish proof of her lineal descent through legal and lawful marriages, not polygamous, from an ancestor who served in any on of the following (26) categories prior to July 4, 1776.
1. In battle under Colonial authority.
2. Under the banner of Great Britain in North America, in any of the wars in which the Colonies participated.
3. All military and naval service of the Colonies (prior to July 4, 1776).
4. Furnished troops or funds (Paying of tax assessments is not acceptable service).
5. Filled office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Deputy Governor.
6. Member of Delegate to Council or Assembly.
7. Member of House of Burgesses.
8. Deputy or Representative to the General Court.
9. Commissioner of the United Colonies, of boundaries or Treaties, of Impost or Excise, to the French or Indians.
10. Secretary, Magistrate, Selectman, Justice, Judge of any Court of Law or Equity, Attorney, Advocate, Solicitor, Juryman.
11. Founder or Trustee of any College in North America founded prior to 1775.
12. Minister of the Gospel or Commissary of the Bishops of London. (Proof must be submitted that the ministry was entered prior to July 4, 1776)
13. Member of the Committee of Safety of the Continental Congress 1774 and 1775.
14. Member of the Council of Safety of 1689.
15. Signer of the Mayflower Pact.
16. Speaker of the House of Deputies.
17. Physician or Surgeon (Proof must establish ancestor as practicing prior to July 4, 1776).
18. Member of Provincial Congress.
19. Signer of the Declaration of Independence (signer having been elected prior to July 4, 1776 to represent the Colonists).
20. Huguenot Refugee.
21. Signer of the Oath of Allegiance to Great Britain (Oath of Allegiance was taken by the Freeman in New England, the Dutch New Amsterdam, the Swedes in Delaware, and other early settlers - all must be PRIOR TO JULY 4, 1776).
22. Original Land Owners - not inheritors (Proof must establish that ancestor received the land through a grant, patent, or from the Indians ... that he was actually the FIRST COLONIAL OWNER of the specified tract of land and that he did not inherit or buy the land).
23. Members of the London, Plymouth and Virginia Companies who actually came to the Colonies, or the first immigrant descendants of all the members of these companies who resided in the Colonies.
24. Palatine Settlers.
25. Covenanters from Scotland.
26. The Salzburgers in Georgia.
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