Become A Member

The General Society of the War of 1812 and its State Societies accept gentlemen only for membership. Those gentlemen who are domiciled in a State that does not have a State Society are eligible to be considered for membership-at-large. Membership requirements are as set forth in Article VI of the Constitution of the Society.

New Guidelines for 1812 Applications of the General Society of the War of 1812
Updated September 26, 2013

Click here for Membership Application in Word .DOC format

New .doc and .pdf version of the General Society Application is currently being created and will be posted when it is finished. At present contact your State Society for an Application.

1) For Applications to State Societies,

a) Applications can be typed online and then printed. Applications cannot be submitted online. Applications must be printed on 8-1/2”x11”, acid-free paper (available in many stationary stores). Since approved applications are retained indefinitely in the Society Archives, acid-free paper helps avoid degradation.

b) Applications to a State Society should be submitted in duplicate, along with one copy of all related genealogical proofs, to the appropriate state society in which the applicant resides. The final Application copies should be unfolded. Please refer to the State section of this website for contact information. The State Society will advise the fees involved for the State. Annual Dues of $12 should accompany the Application, made out to the General Society of the War of 1812.

c) When States submit an Application to the Registrar General for approval; please ensure the assigned State Number is on the Application. Annual Dues of $12 should accompany the Application, made out to the General Society of the War of 1812.
Please be sure to complete the portion showing the applicant’s name, address, telephone number, and email address, so contact can be made should a question concerning the Application arise

d) Proofs are not forwarded to the General Society. Genealogy verification is the responsibility of the State Registrar and or Genealogist. Genealogical proofs are retained by the State. Only the Application Form and a check are to be sent. No additional documents should be sent.

e) The information on the soldier’s service must include dates of service, regiment, state of service, etc. Without the dates of service (even approximate), we cannot confirm they qualify during the period that is approved.

f) The State Registrar submits all applications to Registrar General Christos Christou, unfolded.

Christos Christou
Registrar General
303 Nicholson Rd
Essex MD 21221-6609

2) FOR APPLICATIONS to Members at Large (with no State Society), the following additional instructions apply.

a. Print one copy of the Application for use as a WORKSHEET, Plain 8-1/2”x11” paper can be used.  Complete one copy and, along with all documentation (proofs), submit it to the Vice President General, Members-At-Large (VPG-MAL) along with a check made out to the General Society of the War of 1812 in the amount of $65.00 ($25.00 dues and $40.00 Genealogist examination fee). The VPG will then submit the worksheet to the Genealogist General for examination.

Allan Ralph Treppa (MI)
Vice President General Member-at-Large
15595 Westbrook Street
Livonia, MI 48154-2358

b. Any questions that may arise will be communicated to the Applicant by the VPG-MAL.

c. The VPG-MAL will advise the applicant when the submitted information has been found acceptable and will return the Worksheet to the applicant.

d. The applicant should then, using the worksheet and any suggested corrections as a guide, submit two final copies of the Application, printed on 8-1/2”x11” Acid-free paper, to the VPG-MAL for final processing.  Please note an Application requires the signatures of the Applicant as well as those of the Proposer and Seconder.  Where possible, at least one should be a member of the Society. If the applicant does not know a member, then he should submit two letters from persons who can vouch for his good character, such as a member of the clergy, judge, or the like.  A record copy of an SAR or SR Application is also acceptable.

e. The VPG-MAL will keep the applicant apprised of his Applications progress.

From the Constitution of the General Society of the War of 1812

Article VI Membership – Any male person who participated in, or who is a lineal descendant of one who served during the War of 1812, in a military service of the United States, offering proof thereof satisfactory to the State Society to which he may make application for membership, and who is of good moral character and reputation, may become a member of this Society when approved of by said State Society, under such regulations as it may make for passing upon applications for membership.”

The following service and no other shall be regarded as satisfying the requirements of the preceding paragraph:

(1)  Service as an officer, warrant officer or enlisted man in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Revenue Marine, Flotilla Service or Voluntary Corps at any time between November 7, 1811, and July 18, 1815;

(2)  Service at any time between June 19, 1812, and February 18, 1815, as a member of the ship’s company on any public armed vessel of the United States or any vessel sailing under Letters of Marque and Reprisal issued by the United States;

(3)  Service in the militia of any state or territory or the District of Columbia duly called out for service against an armed enemy or for coast or border defense between November 7, 1811, and July 18, 1815.

(4)  Service in the forces of the United States at the Battle of Tippecanoe on November 7, 1811.

(5) Service as the President of the United States, Secretary of War, or Secretary of the Navy between November 7, 1811 and July 18.1815.

(6)  Service as a Governor or Adjutant General of a state or territory of the United States between November 7, 1811 and July 18, 1815

No service, however, shall be regarded as qualifying if the person who rendered such service voluntarily bore arms against the United States at any time between the dates named or if such person’s latest service between said dates was terminated by a separation from the service under conditions other than honorable.

Collateral descendants, who are deemed worthy, may be admitted to represent the said participant.

Provided, always, that such representation shall be limited to the descendant of either a brother or sister of the participant in the war, in right of whose services application for membership is made.

Every application for membership shall be made in writing, upon such form as may be set forth by this Society for the purpose, which application shall be made in duplicate, and one copy filed in the archives of the General Society.

A member in good standing may file one or more supplemental applications based upon the services in the War of 1812 of either his direct ancestor or of one collateral.

For information concerning a State Society or the General Society, gentlemen should communicate with:

Ray Edward Walls, PhD
Secretary General
112 River Bluff Drive
Sisterdale, TX 78006-7322