The First Page in
American History:
The Declaration
of Independence

Get To Know The Declaration Of Independence

Our Ancestors, The Signers

The Declaration of Independence holds a unique place in the history of our country—and together with the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights, ranks as one of the three greatest documents in the English-speaking world.

United States Declaration of Independence rolled in a scroll on a vintage American flag and rustic wooden board

Who are the 56 men who signed the document?

The single document that would serve the highest patriotic purpose humanity has ever known? The one document that has surpassed all others as a record of American identity, assertion of human rights, and unanimous affirmation of freedom? Who are those men?

And maybe even more thought-provoking, who are their descendants?

These are the questions we at the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence are asking and answering, to help more people discover truths and uncover intrigue contained within this document—one that lives on today, through descendants of the original American heroes.

Do You Have the Lineage to Become a DSDI Member?

DSDI is a society dedicated to preserving and promoting the ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence. And who better to carry those values into the present day than direct lineal descendants of the men who inscribed their names on the first page of United States’ history?

As a member, you will help further the principles set forth in the Declaration, meet others who share lineage with Signers, discover relics of the American Revolution, visit historic sites, and have the opportunity to apply for scholarship funds.

Descendants who wish to join DSDI must prove direct lineage. We have a number of resources available to help you do that, and lots of information on our Membership page to help prequalify prospective members. Learn more today!

Scholarship Opportunities for Descendants

Every year, 56 merit-based scholarships are awarded to qualified members of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Applicants must satisfactorily complete an online application and remain a member in good standing throughout their education.

Each application requires an essay addressing a specific prompt, a current resume, school transcripts, and recommendations. If you are already a member and plan to attend college or any post-secondary accredited institution of higher learning, apply for a scholarship today! If you’re not a member, learn more about becoming a member.

Bell Tappers

Every year, on the 4th of July, young Descendants come together in Philadelphia at Liberty Bell Center at Independence National Historical Park for the 2 pm ringing of the bells. These young people are often joined by new U.S. citizens as they tap the Liberty Bell with their fingers, 13 times to represent the original 13 colonies.

Learn More About Bell Tappers