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Membership Eligibility

Those eligible for membership are women at least 16 years of age who are lineal or collateral blood descendants of men and women who served honorably in the Army, Navy, or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America, or who gave Material Aid to the Cause. Women who were adopted are eligible only through the bloodline of the biological parent. Also eligible are those women who are lineal or collateral blood descendants of members or former members of UDC.

No Confederate ancestor who took the Oath of Allegiance before April 9, 1865, shall be eligible to be used for application for membership. If proof of further Confederate service is available, thereby nullifying the Oath of Allegiance, the ancestor shall be considered for approval.


Admission to the Organization shall be by invitation through a UDC Chapter.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please send your name, mailing address, and telephone number to:

UDC Memorial Building
328 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220-4009
Telephone: 804-355-1636
Fax: 804-353-1396

The Business Office will see that you are referred to a Chapter near you. Written or e-mail inquiries directed to the General Organization must include name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if any).

Required Proof of Eligibility

Proof of ancestor’s service to the Confederate States of America may be obtained, if available, upon request from one of the following sources:

UDC Business Office: From records of military service compiled from registered UDC applications and National Archives Compiled Confederate Service Records, upon request of UDC Chapter Registrar and payment of research fee (see Library Services).

Limited pension records are available from the UDC Business Office for a fee (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, South Carolina, and Tennessee) (see Library Services).

State Departments of Archives and History, Confederate Records, if certified.

General Services Administration, National Archives and Records Service, 8th and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20408 (www.archives.gov)

An authoritative publication: Photocopy of title page, name of author, volume, page number, year of publication, location of library. Provide certified copy of pertinent data relating to Confederate ancestor only.
Data from a tombstone is not acceptable as proof of military service but may be used as proof of birth and death dates. Proof of applicant’s relation to Confederate ancestor must be established through birth, marriage, and death certificates.


Dues are determined by Chapter Bylaws and usually include Division and General per capita fees.

*PLEASE NOTE: Genealogical research is not available from the UDC Business Office.

*NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS: If the Division or Chapter Where No Division in your area does not have a Web site, please contact UDC Headquarters. Your inquiry will be forwarded to the appropriate person.