Meet the Requirements? Join Here
The Long Form Application and the Short Form Application now are available in both MS Word and Adobe Acrobat (PDF) formats. Just click on the links below and download the desired form onto your computer following the instructions below.
You will need to have Adobe's Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer to view the pdf files.
First, it's most likely already on your machine, since most professional software makers install it for you. If you don't have it, you can click here
and download it for free or simply download the Microsoft Word Document (.doc) from the coorelating links below.
I suggest downloading the form to your hard drive first and then open it with Acrobat.
To save it to your hard drive:
Application procedures for processing membership applications.
1. Click on it with your right mouse button
2. In Internet Explorer - click on "Save Target As"
In Netscape - click on "Save Link As"
3. Keep track of the folder that you save it to, so you can find it easier.
Long Form Application - needed for most applicants.
Short Form Application - used if your father or grandfather was a member.
Diploma Request Form - to order a beautiful diploma for your wall.
Any man of the age of eighteen years, of good moral character and reputation and a citizen of the United States, who is lineally descended in the male line of either parent, from an ancestor who settled in any of the Colonies now included in the United States of America prior to 13 May 1657 and one or all of whose intermediate ancestors in the same line. who lived in the period of the Revolution. from 1775 to 1783, adhered as patriots to the cause of the Colonies, shall be eligible for membership in the Order. - - - In addition, if the father or either the paternal or maternal grandfather of the prospective member met these qualifications he would also be eligible.
The male descendants of any Associate --- shall also be eligible to membership. provided that the claims of such descendant shall be traced anew from the qualifying ancestors.
All applicants shall be recommended by two Associates in the Order.
The lineage requirements contain the following elements.
- Descent from a Founding Ancestor
- Descent from a Patriot Ancestor who is a descendant in the male line from the Founding Ancestor.
- Descent from the Patriot Ancestor in the male line to one of the following individuals whose relationship to the applicant is stated.
- Father F
- Mothers Father MF
- Father's Maternal Grandfather FMF
- Maternal Grandfather of Mother's Father MFMF
- Maternal Grandfather of Father's Father FFMF
These five options represent individuals whose male line of ancestry includes both the Patriot and the Founder ancestor. The ancestor diagram below indicates the relationship of each of these to the applicant. For clarity and convenience the letters F and M are used to indicated fathers and mothers respectively. Thus in the above listing the sequence of fathers and mothers is indicated on the right. This same pattern is used in the following diagram Allowable lineages are indicated in bold type and also by the numbers above.
Thanks to Newman A. Hall, PhD for producing the requirements section.
How to Join
Application for membership is made through one of the Orderís various State Societies. Anyone who believes that he is eligible and is interested in filing an application for membership should contact an Associate of the Order or fill out the Prospective Member Registration form linked below. Your inquiry will be forwarded to the appropriate officers of the Society in the State in which you reside or nearest to where you reside. These officers will provide details relative to the filing of an application, the fees and dues structure, and provide instructions for demonstrating claim to eligibility for membership.
For more information please fill out our Prospective Member Registration Form and we will send you an informational brochure delineating the eligibility requirements for membership.
If you have a family line that you think is eligible, and meets our lineage requirements shown in the flow chart illustrated above, we will contact you and send you further membership information. As indicated in this Lineage Eligibility flow chart, you may use any of five qualifying ancestral lines.