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Determine which local chapter you are interested in applying through. Each chapter’s rules for applying are different. I filed my application in Chicago and it was a very easy process where I was able to send all the documents via email. I didn’t even have to print anything out. The historian filled out the application for me and federal expressed it to me for my signature. I was approved in all of 4 weeks. However, I also have worked on a membership for a client in a very small town in Mississippi. This local MS chapter didn’t have a budget for paper, so I had to mail 2 copies of every document. We were approved in less than 2 months.
Do your legwork up front before applying. Gather all your documents for each generation and make sure you have them scanned into your computer in file folders. I strongly recommend you save and send every census record for each ancestor too. These may or may not be needed, but I have learned over time that it is better to include everything, otherwise there can be delays due to additional documents needed.
Each generation that requires documents needs to show clear proof of a connection to their parents.
Government Vital Records (Birth, Marriage and Death certificates) are required for each generation. Once you get far enough back where vitals were not mandated by the state, then records with clear proof of a family connection to the prior generation need to be found. This can be in the form of Wills, Land Records, Newspaper Obituaries, Pension Records, and Bible Records (as long as you have the original bible in your possession).
Effective January 1, 2014, the DAR will accept Y-DNA as a supplemental tool of lineage.