Application papers of active, deceased, resigned, or dropped DAR members may be ordered for a fee of $10.00 per paper for electronic orders or $15.00 per paper for copies ordered by mail or by fax from either:
Option 1: The Online Record Copy Page
Using a credit card, customers may order a record copy electronically for $10.00 and will receive almost instantly a link to a pdf for printing the record copy at home once the payment has been authorized. The link will be valid for one week after the date of the order. Please use the DAR’s online Genealogical Research System (GRS) to help chose the record copy you wish to order. The GRS supersedes the old DAR Lineage Books (166 volumes) and the various published versions of the DAR Patriot Index (most recent: red cover, 2003, 3 vols.).
Online ordering of record copies began in July 2010. By placing an online order with a credit card, customers will receive a nearly instantaneous link to a pdf of the requested application or supplemental. They can then print the record copy at home, receiving the information they need more quickly than by the traditional mail or fax methods for ordering described below. Watermarks are included as proof that these copies were purchased directly from the DAR.
Option 2: The Library Copy Services Office using the Postal Service or by fax.
The staff may need to perform considerable research to fill your request, so it would be helpful if you could provide as much information as possible to help them expedite this search. Again, by using the online Genealogical Research System (GRS) you can provide current details to help with your order. This $15.00 fee is for the searching, copying, and other costs associated with the production and mailing of a paper copy of each record copy you order by mail or fax. If the requested paper is not available, the fee is not refundable. You will be notified if a problem arises with your order or if a paper is not available for some reason.
Please complete one copy of the Request for Record Copy (PDF) form for each paper you wish to order. Include a check in the proper amount ($15.00 per paper) made payable to "Treasurer General NSDAR" with your order. If you are requesting a copy of more than one application or multiple copies of one application, you may pay with one check for the total amount and include all of the forms in the same envelope. All orders are processed in order of their receipt.
Mail record copy orders to: Library Copy Services, DAR Library, 1776 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-5303. Please do not address the order only to the DAR Library.
You may also order record copies by fax using the Request for Record Copy (PDF) form. Payment may be made with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card. Faxed orders will be processed in order of their receipt along with mail order requests.
Fax record copy orders to: (202) 777-2372
Pending Orders for Record Copy Orders Not Yet Received
If you have an inquiry about a problem with an existing order you have placed for a record copy and for which the required pre-payment has been made, you may email the Library Copy Services Office at email@example.com. Requests for record copies of applications and supplementals are processed in the order in which they are received whether by mail or by fax. Processing times vary depending on demand.
Documentation Supporting an Application or a Supplemental Application
If you need information on how to order copies of the supporting documentation for approved (1890 to the present) DAR applications or supplemental applications, please contact the DAR Library’s Search Service. The Search Service handles all requests to have searches done to determine if documentation supporting an application or a supplemental application exists in the file collection. Many applications do not have this supporting material, and the only way to determine if documentation exists is for the Search Service to conduct research in our file collection. The telephone number for the DAR Library Search Service is (202) 879-3245.
General Information Inquiries Relating to the DAR Library
Please send any general inquiries relating to the DAR Library and the genealogical research collections in it to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 879-3229, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.