Membership Information

Who can join the Sons of Confederate Veterans?

The simple answer 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. 

What does lineal and collateral mean?

Lineal – You are a 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, etc.

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

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