Before applying for membership, prospective member shall be informed to do her home work! She is expected to have researched her lineage thoroughly enough to be aware of problems which might arise during the verification process and to have documentation to resolve such problems. She will be required to submit data to prove the parentage of each person from whom descent is claimed and to prove each date and place of birth, marriage and death given on the lineage page of the application. She should also be informed that she shall have two years to complete the application. If not completed during that period of time, she must repeat application process. She is a â€œprospective memberâ€ until voted on and accepted by the Chapter or BOM. Then she becomes an â€œapplicant.â€
A letter recommending a prospective member shall be presented to the Chapter President who shall give it to the Chapter Registrar or Membership Committee Chairman for consideration by the committee. If approved, the letter of recommendation must be presented by the Membership Committee Chairman to the Chapter’s Executive Board for approval. After approval by the Executive Board, the prospective member’s request for membership shall be presented to the chapter for approval. In chapters without a Membership Committee, the letter of recommendation may be presented by the Chapter President to the Executive Board for approval before being presented to chapter members for vote (See Bylaws Article I, Sec. 3).
The letter is then given to the Chapter Registrar or Membership Committee Chairman who shall notify the applicant of the acceptance or rejection of her request for membership. If accepted, the applicant shall be given an application worksheet by the Chapter Registrar, complete the worksheet according to instructions included (see Application Preparation Instructions below) and return it to Chapter Registrar along with her proofs. If the Chapter Registrar believes information on the worksheet is adequate, she shall give the applicant a printed application blank for completion, using the worksheet as a guide, or sell her or inform her how to obtain the DRT Application CD and paper packet.
Any woman having attained her sixteenth (16th) birthday is eligible for membership, provided she is personally acceptable to The DRT and is a lineal descendant of a man or woman who rendered loyal service for Texas prior to the consummation of the Annexation Agreement of the Republic of Texas with the United States of America on the nineteenth day of February, eighteen hundred forty-six (19 February 1846).
Proof submitted by an applicant shall include documentation on the applicantâ€™s ancestor. Any date cited on the membership applications shall be documented. The applicant must furnish acceptable proof of her lineal descent from a man or woman who served in any of the following capacities:
- As a colonist with Austinâ€™s Old Three Hundred, or any colonies authorized under the Spanish or Mexican governments before the Texas Revolution or those authorized by the Congress of the Republic of Texas.
- As an officer or private in the service of the Colonies or of the Republic of Texas.
- As a loyal resident, male or female, regardless of age, who established residence in Texas prior to the nineteenth day of February, eighteen hundred forty-six (19 February 1846). (â€œLoyalâ€ shall be interpreted to mean that he or she had not been proved disloyal. A loyal resident, regardless of age, gave the service of residing in Texas and aiding in its settlement. â€œServiceâ€ shall be interpreted to mean â€œresidentâ€ or â€œmilitary.â€)
- As a recipient of a land grant authorized by the Provisional Government of the Republic of Texas. Those grants include â€œToby Scrips;â€ head rights, first, second, third, and fourth class; preemption grants; land scrips; colony contracts; bounty certificates; and donation certificates.
The current membership of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas is approximately 7,160 women. There are 106 chapters.
This membership is open to women who wish to be associated with a chapter and find sponsorship within the chapter. Chapter members can attend chapter and state meetings, serve on chapter and state committees and hold office at the chapter and state level. Chapter membership carries the reward of participating in the chapter activities aimed at furthering the goals of celebration and preservation of our Texas Heritage.
If you wish to learn more about chapter membership you are encouraged to locate a chapter near you and contact the Chapter President or Chapter Registrar. They will help guide you through the application process.
The second type of membership is not associated with a chapter. This membership is generally sought by those ladies not residing near a chapter, but who wish to become members of the organization. The member at large can attend state meeting and vote but cannot hold office.
To learn more about the application process, please contact the The DRT Registrar General.
There is another category of membership at the chapter level only. This is the â€œAssociate Member.â€ This is a woman who has interest in the goals and activities of DRT but cannot meet all of the membership requirements. The DRT encourages anyone with a love of Texas history to join us in celebrating and preserving this heritage.