Download your application by clicking on the link below:
Then please Mail Application to:
The Sons of Confederate Veterans
P.O. Box 59
Columbia TN 38402-0059
The Sons of Confederate Veterans was created in 1896
by Confederate veterans concerned that as they aged and passed on, there
should be someone to carry on the memory of Confederate soldiers and
sailors. To better understand the benevolent, fraternal and heritage
mission of SCV, please read the charge of Lt. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee,
given to SCV at the New Orleans reunion of United Confederate Veterans
"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit
vindication of the Cause for which we fought. To your strength will be
given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the
guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the
perpetuation of those principles he loved and which made him glorious
and which you also cherish. Remember, it is your duty to see that the
true history of the South is presented to future generations."
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
direct or collateral family lines, and kinship to a veteran must be
documented genealogically. You will need you ancestor's name, unit,
state of service, and information as to his honorable service:
discharged, captured, wounded, killed. The minimum age for membership is
Many members use family histories, Bibles and oral
traditions as a starting point in their search for ancestor information.
Proof of kinship to a Confederate soldier or sailor can take many forms.
The easiest method is to 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 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.
The Kentucky Division of the SCV would be pleased to get you started
off in the right direction in your research. Please
contact our camp about your interest in joining the SCV
and any questions you may have. Also check out these tips for
Tracing your Confederate Ancestors.
Benefits of membership include participation in
local, state, and national events, a membership certificate, and a
subscription to Confederate Veteran magazine, published 6 times a year.
Join us in honoring the memory of the Confederate soldier and sailor.
Good luck, and we look forward to your compatriotship!
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Tracing your Confederate Ancestors
Remember, Confederate ancestry can be found on both
paternal & maternal sides of your family, so trace as much as possible!
1. Begin by investing in some form of genealogy tools
to record your family tree.
There are several books available such as:
Tracing Your Ancestry Logbook by E. Wilbur Helmbold
Unpuzzling Your Past : The Best-Selling Basic Guide to
The Unpuzzling Your Past Workbook both by Emily Croom
There are also a variety of computer programs
available such as Ultimate Family Tree or
Family Tree Maker
You can also hire a private genealogist to work on
your family tree for you. If you want to hire a researcher, write to the
following address for a list of qualified individuals:
Board for Certification of Genealogists, 1307 New
Hampshire Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.
2. Gather your family information such as family
bibles, deeds, wills, marriage certificates, birth certificates, death
certificates, christening records, etc. Talk with members of your
family. Take pictures of headstones. Record as much information as
possible with as much detail as possible.
3. If you hit dead-ends, don't give up! If you have a
surname(s), try posting a message at
www.rootsweb.com under the list of surnames for more
help. You may try signing up for the mailing list(s) for that particular
surname or area as well.
4. If you have family that seemed to have stayed in
one particular area, try the library/archives for that County/State. In
Kentucky, you can find a list of public libraries at
this link or you can contact that particular county for
5. Once you have found a Confederate ancestor(s) and
have an idea of the unit/regiment in which they served, you will want
copies of muster rolls, pension records, etc.
Other resources to try are the United Daughters of
the Confederacy libraries (www.hqudc.org),
or even the Museum of the Confederacy (www.moc.org).
Many researchers do charge fees for their time/service. You may want to
try to do this on your own or pay for someone else to do the research if
you stumble upon a "brick wall" within your own family tree.
6. Once you have documented your family tree and have
found your connection to your Confederate ancestor, remember to share!
Share with other family members! Take a copy to that area's library and
ask that it be filed for other researchers and/or contact those
resources above and ask if they would be interested in copies as well.
This preserves your hard work for future generations!
7. Most important tip: NEVER GIVE UP & HAVE FUN!!