Membership in the SCV is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate Armed Forces.  Membership can be attained through either direct or collateral family lines to a veteran and must be documented genealogically.  The minimum age for membership is 12.

Camp 458 has a genealogist that can help track down your ancestor and the camp pays for access to database record services.
One way to get started 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 States' archives have microfilm records of the soldiers who fought from that State and a copy of that 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.  

To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit the vindication of the Cause for which we fought; to your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles he loved and which made him glorious and which you also cherish.  Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is represented to future generations.
Charge given the Sons of Confederate Veterans by Gen. Stephen D. Lee, Commander-General of United Confederate Veterans, 1906.

Col. Isaac Williams Smith Camp 458

Sons of Confederate Veterans