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.
should submit an application form, along
with a detailed genealogy describing your relationship to the
veteran, and proof of his service.
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 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
that finding someone listed in the Broadfoot Roster with the
same name as your ancestor does not constitute proof (John
Jones from Tennessee). You must use accepted standards of
genealogical research to demonstrate that the two men are, in
fact, the same.
The SCV has a
network of genealogists to assist you in tracing you
ancestor's Confederate service. Contact SCV
Membership for help.