Who can join the Sons of Confederate Veterans?
The simple answer is nearly anyone! We have a number of types of membership.
Full Membership in the SCV 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.
Cadet Membership in the SCV is open to all male descendants under the age of 12 years old 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.
Associate Membership in the Camps is open to anyone, male or female, young or old, who do not meet the requirements of Full or Cadet Membership. It is important to note that the Associate Member is a not a member of the SCV, but is a member of the Camp. If your local Camp does not offer an Associate Membership, you may join another Camp that does offer Associate Membership, or you may join the Friends of the SCV Program at the International Headquarters Camp.
What does lineal and collateral mean?
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 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 states’ archives have 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 service.
One of the easiest and least difficult ways to get started is to join your local Camp as an Associate Member and then work with the Camp Genealogist to correctly trace your lineage and document your Confederate Ancestor. Please contact your local Camp for Associate Membership information. If your local Camp does not participate in the Associate Membership Program please contact the KY Webmaster using the contact link at the bottom of the page for further assistance.
For those who have their genealogical research completed: