Membership in the Daughters of the Cincinnati is by invitation only to any woman over the age of eighteen having an ancestor listed in Original Members and Other Officers Eligible to the Society of the Cincinnati, by Bruce Metcalf. This book should be available in the reference section of your local library. Candidates must be proposed by a member of the Daughters and seconded by another member. Unlike the Society of the Cincinnati, the Daughters of the Cincinnati allows more than one member to represent an eligible ancestor. In addition, members of the Society of the Cincinnati may propose their daughters and granddaughters.
Prospective candidates often assume the Society of the Cincinnati and the Daughters of the Cincinnati have the same eligibility requirements. They do not. The Daughters accepts multiple descendants; mothers, daughters, and other female relatives who have a direct line from a single ancestor can all belong at the same time. The Society of the Cincinnati allows only one member at a time to represent an ancestor. Applicants for membership must submit genealogical proof of their descent, which will be verified by the Daughters’ genealogist.
The Daughters of the Cincinnati accepts collateral descent. For purposes of membership in the Daughters of the Cincinnati, collateral descent is defined thus: applicant must be a direct descendant of a brother or sister of the approved original member of the Society of the Cincinnati. The Daughters does not accept DAR or other lineages; the prospective candidate must provide the required proofs of her lineage.
The Daughters of the Cincinnati has its headquarters in New York City; we do not have individual state societies or offices. Currently we have members in thirty-seven states and ten foreign countries.