Who Can Join?
Membership in the Sons of
Confederate Veterans is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served
honorably in the Confederate armed forces. Membership can be obtained through
either lineal or collateral family lines and kinship to a
veteran must be documented genealogically. The minimum age for full
membership is 12, but there is no minimum for Cadet membership.
What does lineal and
Lineal - You are a blood
descendant of the veteran; grandson, great-grandson, great-great-grandson, etc.
Collateral - You are not a
direct descendant of the veteran, but you share a common ancestor; so the
veteran is your great-uncle, great-great-uncle, etc.
If you have a blood
relative who is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans or the United
Daughters of the Confederacy you should be able to get the needed information
from them. They have already performed the research and documented your veteran
If you not have a blood
relative then you will need to locate and document your Confederate Veteran
ancestor. This section of the website will provide useful information on how to
do your family research, locate your Confederate ancestor and join the Sons of
Start by downloading printing an
Locating your ancestor, lineal or collateral
will require researching your family history. Click here for additional help in
a Confederate Ancestor
Once you have located your Confederate ancestor
you will need to obtain proof of his service, contact the
archives of the state from which the soldier fought and obtain a copy of the
veteran's military service record. All Southern state's
microfilm records of the soldiers who fought from that state, and a copy of the
information can be obtained for a nominal fee. In addition, the former
Confederate states awarded pensions to veterans and their widows. All of these
records contain a wealth of information that can be used to document military