Membership Information

How to join the SCV   -   How to join the Sons of Confederate Veterans
Specifically the Princeton KY Camp
Who can join the Princeton KY Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans? 

We do memberships a bit differently so others that normally could not join can take part with us.
And we also offer and welcome long distance members! We will work with you to get and keep you involved!

The simple answer to who can join our camp 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 Camp is open to anyone, male or female, young or old, who do not meet the requirements of Full or Cadet Membership, but still have an interest in Confederate history and want to participate in the activities of the camp. Associate members are members of the Camp and as such do have a vote in matter at the Camp level but are NOT members of the SCV and do not have a vote in matter concerning the SCV. 

The Camp also welcomes folks from long distances away that wish to join at any of the three levels above but can not physical meet with us. We will do what we can to get you into our camp! 

Have a a special need? Let us know! We welcome all who share a love for history and heritage!
 
What does lineal and collateral mean?

Lineal – You are a straight line 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, great-great cousin, etc.

If you have a blood relative who is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Children of the Confederacy or the Military Order of Stars and Bars you should be able to get the needed information from them. They have already performed the research and documented your veteran ancestor.

If you need assistance with your genealogy or service records, PLEASE reach out to us! We will be glad to assist you!!!

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 as an Associate Member and then work with the Camp Genealogist to correctly trace your lineage and document your Confederate Ancestor.

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If you have any questions, PLEASE do not hesitate to contact us!

Completed applications, along with the required documentation and fees should be submitted to the Camp Adjutant in person if at all possible at a regular meeting of the Camp. 

If meeting in person is not possible, please send via USPS the completed application along with the required documentation and fees at the address below:

Jim Pearce Camp #2527 SCV
PO Box 230
Princeton, KY  42445

(270) 883 - 0019