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Sons of Confederate Veterans


     Sons of Confederate Veterans was created in 1896 by Confederate veterans concerned that as they aged and passed on, there should be someone to carry on the memory of Confederate soldiers and sailors. To better understand the benevolent, fraternal and heritage mission of SCV, please read the charge of Lt. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee, given to SCV at the New Orleans reunion of United Confederate Veterans in 1906.


    Membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces (soldier, sailor, marine, chaplain, surgeon, diplomat, teamster, cook or musician and others)  Membership can be obtained through either direct or collateral family lines, and kinship to a veteran must be documented genealogically. You will need you ancestor's name, unit, state of service, and information as to his honorable service: discharged, captured, wounded, killed. The minimum age for membership is 12.


Proving Ancestry
    Many members use family histories, Bibles and oral traditions as a starting point in their search for ancestor information. Proof of kinship to a Confederate soldier or sailor 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 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.


    Genealogical research help is also available. Our web site offers contact pointers to a number of resources that will help you establish proof of Confederate descent. The national SCV web site provides additional resources.


Joining the Virginia Division
    Application for membership is best accomplished through a local SCV "camp" in your area. The Virginia Division consists of over 70 camps located throughout the Old Dominion. The Virginia Division Camps page lists points of contact, web site URLs, meeting location and time, etc. Please contact the camp nearest you to inquire about membership. Genealogical help for Virginians is also available.

If you want to hire a researcher, write to the following address for a list of qualified individuals:


Board for Certification of Genealogists

1307 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.,

Washington, D.C. 20036

State and National Archives

National Archives General Reference Branch (NNRG-P)

National Archives & Records Admin.

7th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20408


Alabama Dept. of Archives & History

624 Washington Avenue

Montgomery, AL 36130


Arkansas History Commission

One Capitol Mall

Little Rock, AR 72201


Florida State Archives

R.A. Gray Bldg. 500 South Bronough St.

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250


Georgia Dept. of Archives & History

330 Capitol Ave., S.E.

Atlanta, GA 30334


Kentucky Dept. for Library & Archives

P.O. Box 537

Frankfort, KY 40602-0537


Louisiana State Archives

P.O. Box 94125

Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Maryland State Archives

350 Rowe Blvd.

Annapolis, MD 21401

Mississippi Dept. of Archives & History

P.O. Box 571

Jackson, Miss. 39205


Missouri State Archives

P.O. Box 778

Jefferson City, MO 65102


North Carolina State Archives

109 East Jones Street

Raleigh, NC 27611


Oklahoma Dept. of Libraries

Office of Archives & Records

200 Northeast 18 Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73105


South Carolina Dept. of Archives & History

8301 Park Lane Road

Columbia, SC 29223


Tennessee State Library & Archives

403 7th Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37243-0312


Texas State Library

Archives Division

P.O. Box 12927

Austin, TX 78711



Library of Virginia

Archives Research Services

800 East Broad Street

Richmond Virginia 23219-8000

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