Santa Margarita Chapter, NSDAR
Oceanside, California

California DAR

The Santa Margarita Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR), held its first meeting on February 23, 1926 and was confirmed by the NSDAR on October 29, 1929. It was originally named the Oceanside Chapter, NSDAR, however in 1972 the name was changed to the Santa Margarita Chapter, NSDAR, to better represent the Santa Margarita Valley. Gasper de Portola named the Santa Margarita Valley in 1769 during his first expedition north from San Diego.

We are a part of the largest women’s volunteer service and female-led organization in the U.S. and our service to our community focuses on three core areas:

*** Patriotism ***

*** Historic Preservation *** 

*** Education ***



The Santa Margarita Chapter is very active in the Oceanside area. We have monthly buffet breakfast meetings, held the first Saturday of each month, January through June and September through December with a program that supports our National Society’s mission and our chapter’s emphasis on service to our community.

As a chapter, we sponsor and participate in several patriotic events and are dedicated to supporting our veterans and active-duty military.  If you are looking for a sense of community and service, you are in the right place!

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Santa Margarita Chapter, NSDAR, or if you are a daughter who has relocated to the Oceanside area, click here to contact us by e-mail so we can answer your questions and extend a personal invitation to our next meeting.

For those interested in joining DAR, getting started is as easy as 1-2-3!


1 Finding Your Lineage
  Do you have a mother, aunt, grandmother, or first cousin in the DAR? If so, please proceed to Step 3.If no known relative was in the DAR, your first step toward membership requires establishing your lineage. Start with the genealogy worksheet to help point out possible lines. Write only the data which can be proven. Once the worksheet is completed, fill out the pedigree chart for persons born 1700-1765, as these are the most likely to have provided service. The following links are provided to assist you with completing a pedigree chart.


Start With What You Know
Speak With Relatives
Start Looking Online
Genealogy Worksheet
Pedigree Chart


2 Identify Your Patriot Ancestor

Once you have followed your lineage, you can begin to identify potential patriots. Service to the cause for American independence can be proven in many ways. The following links will assist you in determining the eligibility of civil or patriotic service for your patriot. If your ancestor is not listed in the Patriot Index, that does not mean that person did not provide service, it just means that no one has proven their lineage from that person. This means it is up to you to prove that line and service.

Using the Genealogical Research System
Genealogical Research System - Patriot Index
Search the Library Catalog


3 Application Process

Once you have all the information from Steps 1 and 2, email our chapter registrar and she will help you organize your lineage using the Application Worksheet. Be certain to list proof documentation. If you need additional help in locating the necessary information, email our registrar or contact us to attend one of our meetings.

Application Worksheet
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