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.
The minimum age for membership is 12.
Proof of kinship to a Confederate soldier 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's 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.
SCV Genealogy Network:
To assist descendants of Confederate Veterans in locating
vital information about their family's heritage, the Sons of Confederate
Veterans is pleased to offer the services of the SCV Genealogical Network.
A state Genealogist is available for most Confederate states and territories,
as well as some others.
They may charge a minimal fee for their services,
subject to individual arrangement, to search the records of their state.
You must provide the name and, if possible, other information such as
county of residence, age, etc. In other words, provide as much information
as possible to help identify the soldier.
The genealogist is not required
to copy records, but will provide a brief synopsis of the military records
and the address where the copies of the original can be obtained. Again,
the nature of the services and fees charged, if any, are based on individual
arrangements. The SCV does not have control over any such arrangements.
A list of SCV
Genealogists is located at the SCV National Headquarters Web site.