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125 Years

Who we are

Meet SAR

The SAR, the largest male lineage organization in the U.S., consists of 50 societies with more than 500 local chapters, several international societies and over 34,000 members. SAR is dedicated to assisting our members, schools, teachers and the general public in their efforts to sustain and preserve our history and constitutional principles.


​Genealogy is just the first step in becoming an active member of the organization.  Trace your lineage to a patriot who supported the American cause during the Revolution.​

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Genealogical Research Library

The SAR Genealogical Research Library collection contains over 55,000 items including family histories; local, county, and state records; and online genealogical databases. The Library is open to the public on weekdays from 9:30AM until 4:30PM and on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00AM until 4:00PM.

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The SAR Store

Celebrate your heritage with SAR apparel, medals, historic replicas, personalized items and more. All purchases help support the Sons of the American Revolution's mission of preserving the legacy of our patriot ancestors.

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SAR Center

...Whereas, past Congresses have authorized the raising of funds to build and endow a new library facility at our headquarters complex in Louisville, Kentucky, and furthermore to add educational outreach capabilities, staffed by professionals, targeting both the regional and nation-wide community-at-large...

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SAR Foundation

The SAR Foundation was established in 2000 as the fundraising arm of the SAR. Its first fundraising objective was to lead a capital campaign to build a new library and museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Today, the preservation effort continues.

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Revolutionary War Timeline

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  • The French & Indian War

    From 1754-1763

    The French & Indian War was fought between the colonies of British America and New France, with both sides supported by military units from their parent countries of Great Britain and France, as well as Native American allies. At the start of the war, the French North American colonies had a population of roughly 60,000 European settlers, compared with 2 million in the British North American colonies. The outnumbered French particularly depended on the Indians. Long in conflict, the metropole nations declared war on each other in 1756, escalating the war from a regional affair into an intercontinental conflict.

  • Signing of the Treaty of Paris

    February 10th, 1763

    Ending the Seven Year’s War, also known as the French and Indian War in North America. France ceded all mainland North American territories, except New Orleans, in order to retain her Caribbean sugar islands. Britain gained all territory east of the Mississippi River; Spain kept territory west of the Mississippi, but exchanged East and West Florida for Cuba.

  • Proclamation of 1763

    October 7th, 1763

    Wary of the cost of defending the colonies, George III prohibited all settlement west of the Appalachian mountains without guarantees of security from local Native American nations. The intervention in colonial affairs offended the thirteen colonies' claim to the exclusive right to govern lands to their west.

  • Sugar Act

    April 5th, 1764

    The first attempt to finance the defence of the colonies by the British Government. In order to deter smuggling and to encourage the production of British rum, taxes on molasses were dropped; a levy was placed on foreign Madeira wine and colonial exports of iron, lumber and other goods had to pass first through Britain and British customs. The Act established a Vice-Admiralty Court in Halifax, Nova Scotia to hear smuggling cases without jury and with the presumption of guilt. These measures led to widespread protest.

  • Stamp Act

    March 22nd, 1765

    Seeking to defray some of the costs of garrisoning the colonies, Parliament required all legal documents, newspapers and pamphlets required to use watermarked, or 'stamped' paper on which a levy was placed.

  • Quartering Act

    May 15th, 1765

    Colonial assemblies required to pay for supplies to British garrisons. The New York assembly argued that it could not be forced to comply.

  • Virginian Resolution

    May 30, 1765

    The Virginian assembly refused to comply with the Stamp Act.

  • Stamp Act Congress

    October 7th, 1765 - October 25th, 1765

    Representatives from nine of the thirteen colonies declare the Stamp Act unconstitutional as it was a tax levied without their consent.

  • Declaratory Act

    March 18th, 1766

    Parliament finalises the repeal of the Stamp Act, but declares that it has the right to tax colonies.

  • Townshend Revenue Act (Townshend Duties)

    June 29th, 1767

    Duties on tea, glass, lead, paper and paint to help pay for the administration of the colonies, named after Charles Townshend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. John Dickinson publishes Letter from a Philadelphian Farmer in protest. Colonial assemblies condemn taxation without representation.

  • Townshend Revenue Act (Townshend Duties)

    June 29th, 1767

    Duties on tea, glass, lead, paper and paint to help pay for the administration of the colonies, named after Charles Townshend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. John Dickinson publishes Letter from a Philadelphian Farmer in protest. Colonial assemblies condemn taxation without representation.

  • British troops arrive in Boston

    October 1st, 1768

    in response to political unrest.

  • Boston Massacre

    March 5th, 1770

    Angered by the presence of troops and Britain's colonial policy, a crowd began harassing a group of soldiers guarding the customs house; a soldier was knocked down by a snowball and discharged his musket, sparking a volley into the crowd which kills five civilians.

  • Repeal of the Townshend Revenue Act

    April 12th, 1770
  • Burning of the Gaspee

    June 10th, 1772

    The revenue schooner Gaspee ran aground near Providence, Rhode Island and was burnt by locals angered by the enforcement of trade legislation.

  • Publication of Thomas Hutchinson letters

    July 1773

    In these letters, Hutchinson, the Massachusetts governor, advocated a 'great restraint of natural liberty', convincing many colonists of a planned British clamp-down on their freedoms.

  • Tea Act

    May 10th, 1773

    In an effort to support the ailing East India Company, Parliament exempted its tea from import duties and allowed the Company to sell its tea directly to the colonies. Americans resented what they saw as an indirect tax subsidising a British company.

  • The Boston Tea Party

    December 16th, 1773

    The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773. Colonists objected to the Tea Act because they believed that it violated their rights as Englishmen to "No taxation without representation," that is, be taxed only by their own elected representatives and not by a British parliament in which they were not represented. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain.

  • Intolerable Acts

    May - June 1774

    Four measures which stripped Massachusetts of self-government and judicial independence following the Boston Tea Party. The colonies responded with a general boycott of British goods.

  • Continental Congress

    September 1774

    Colonial delegates meet to organise opposition to the Intolerable Acts.

  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    April 19th, 1775

    First engagements of the Revolutionary War between British troops and the Minutemen, who had been warned of the attack by Paul Revere.

  • Washington: Commander & Chief


    After the Battles of Lexington and Concord near Boston in April 1775, the colonies went to war. Washington appeared at the Second Continental Congress in a military uniform, signaling that he was prepared for war. Washington had the prestige, military experience, charisma and military bearing of a military leader and was known as a strong patriot. Virginia, the largest colony, deserved recognition, and New England—where the fighting began—realized it needed Southern support. Washington did not explicitly seek the office of commander and said that he was not equal to it, but there was no serious competition. Congress created the Continental Army on June 14, 1775. Nominated by John Adams of Massachusetts, Washington was then appointed as a full General and Commander-in-chief

  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    June 17th, 1775

    The first major battle of the War of Independence. Sir William Howe dislodged William Prescott's forces overlooking Boston at a cost of 1054 British casualties to the Americans' 367.

  • Olive-Brach Petition

    July 5th, 1775

    The first major battle of the War of Independence. Sir William Howe dislodged William Prescott's forces overlooking Boston at a cost of 1054 British casualties to the Americans' 367.

  • Thomas Paine's Common Sense published anonymously in Philadelphia

    January 9th, 1776
  • France provides covert aid to the Americans

    May 2nd, 1776
  • Congress Adopts the Declaration of Independance


    The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Continental Congress meeting at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America. John Adams was a leader in pushing for independence, which was unanimously approved on July 2.

  • Invasion of Canada by Benedict Arnold

    Winter 1775 - 1776
  • Battle of Long Island

    Campaign of

    Having withdrawn his army from Boston, General Howe now focused on capturing New York City, which then was limited to the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Howe's force arrived off of Staten Island across the harbor from Manhattan on June 30, 1776, and his army captured it without resistance. To defend the city, General Washington spread his forces along the shores of New York's harbor, concentrated on Long Island and Manhattan. While British and recently hired Hessian troops were assembling, Washington had the newly issued Declaration of American Independence read to his men and the citizens of the city.

  • Battle of Princeton, New Jersey

    January 2-3, 1777

    General Washington broke camp at Trenton to avoid a British advance, attacking the British rearguard and train near Princeton and then withdrawing to Morristown.

  • British surrender of 5,700 troops at Saratoga.

    October 13th, 1777

    General Washington broke camp at Trenton to avoid a British advance, attacking the British rearguard and train near Princeton and then withdrawing to Morristown.

  • British surrender of 5,700 troops at Saratoga.

    October 13th, 1777

    Lacking supplies, 5,700 British, German and loyalist forces under Major General John Burgoyne surrender to Major General Horatio Gates in a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

  • France recognises US Independence.

    February 6th, 1778

    Lacking supplies, 5,700 British, German and loyalist forces under Major General John Burgoyne surrender to Major General Horatio Gates in a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

  • Second Phase


    Following news of the surrender at Saratoga and concern over French intervention, the British decided to completely accept the original demands made by the American Patriots. Parliament repealed the remaining tax on tea and declared that no taxes would ever be imposed on colonies without their consent (except for custom duties, the revenues of which would be returned to the colonies). A Commission was formed to negotiate directly with the Continental Congress for the first time. The Commission was empowered to suspend all the other objectionable acts by Parliament passed since 1763, issue general pardons, and declare a cessation of hostilities.

  • US Defeat at battle of Camden

    August 16th, 1780
  • Ratification of the Articles of Confederation

    March 1st, 1781
  • Battle of the Capes, denying British reinforcements or evacuation.

    September 5th, 1781
  • Surrender of British forces under Cornwallis at Yorktown.

    October 18th, 1781
  • British Government authorises peace negotiations.

    March 5th, 1782
  • Treaty of Paris, formally ending the Revolutionary War

    September 3rd, 1783

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The 2018 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution

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Author: Michael Scroggins

The National Society Sons of the American Revolution and Johns Hopkins University present The 2018 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution.

Spain and the American Revolution

June 8-10, 2018

John Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

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Though the participation of France in the American Revolution is well-established in the historiography, the role of Spain – France’s ally as a result of the so-called “Family Compact” that united the two Bourbon monarchies – is relatively understudied and underappreciated. This neglect is surprising, given Spain’s significant material and martial contributions to the American effort from 1779. The renewal of interest in global and international history makes such continued neglect untenable: Spain and Britain clashed repeatedly during the global war of which the American Revolution was but one theater, whether in the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast and Florida, Minorca, and Gibraltar. Following the establishment of American independence, Spain remained one of the nascent republic’s most significant allies and the Spanish empire became one of its most significant neighbors and, often illicitly, trading partners.

Spain and the American Revolution will be chaired by Gabriel Paquette,
Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and the 2018 SAR Distinguished Scholar

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2018 Americanism & President General’s Streamer Score Sheet Released

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Author: Michael Scroggins

The National SAR Americanism Committee is pleased to announce the release of the 2018 scoresheet for the Americanism, President General’s Streamer and the President General’s Cup contests.

The 2018 score sheet features a number of changes from prior years in an effort to simplify data entry.  These changes include additional drop down menus to standardize data entry and a number of items being consolidated into a single data entry area.

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History of the SAR Flag (or Banner?)

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Author: Rae Ann Sauer

When a recent inquiry from an SAR member to the staff was made regarding the history of the SAR flag, the staff was surprised to find that unlike most of the society’s symbols and notable events, there was little extant literature of its history.  This led to some research into the society’s archives, which revealed an intriguing history of how the flag came into existence.

According Bylaw No. 28 Official Standard, found in Volume 1 page 38 of the current SAR Handbook, “The official SAR Flag consists of three equal vertical bars of blue, white and buff, the blue to be at the hoist. Upon the center or white bar is the insignia of the Society and the name, ‘The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.’” 

 Unlike some SAR regalia, such as the membership badge and lapel pin, the SAR flag wasn’t introduced at the founding of the society in 1889.  It was at the 1897 SAR Congress that the idea for an official flag of the National Society was first introduced. At the next Congress in 1898, there was a discussion about creating a committee to investigate the matter. However, there were many in attendance who did not feel the society needed to adopt a national flag, feeling that it might detract from the importance of the United States flag.  In the end, it was decided that a committee would be formed to investigate the issue and was called the “Committee on the Adoption of a National Banner for the S.A.R. Society.”

At the next Congress in 1899 the committee reported their findings to those assembled. The committee also put forth a resolution that the National Society adopt three flags, two for the National Society, and one for the State Societies.  The first national flag was to “…be a silk flag of the United States colors, bearing no inscription or device whatever…”, while the second was to “…be of silk material, having thirteen stripes of alternate buff and blue, with a white field, upon which shall be embroidered in gold the cross of the insignia of the Society.”  These flags were proposed to be a regulation flag size of four feet four inches by five feet six inches. 

1899 Yearbook

The state society flag was proposed to be “…a flag of silk material, of the same regulation size, having three broad perpendicular bars of equal breadth, and in color blue, white and buff, with the blue next [to] the staff. Upon the center of the white bar shall be embroidered in gold the insignia of the Sons of the American Revolution (including eagle.) And in gold letters, either painted or embroidered, the inscription “………..Society S.A.R….”.”

1899 Yearbook

Once the flags were proposed by the committee, a debate ensued regarding whether the society needed its own flag when there was already the United States flag for all to unite under.  It was decided to give the matter further consideration and not take a vote on the issue at that time. 

At the 1900 Congress, the subject was once again brought to the forefront. Further discussion was held regarding the proposed designs of the SAR flags. Some members felt that the proposed national SAR flag too closely resembled or would deter members from using the United States flag. It was suggested SAR adopt the proposed state society flag, but it would be known as a banner, rather than a flag.  This motion was approved. Next, it was proposed that instead of the proposed national SAR flag, the state society banner be adopted as the National banner “…with this change that in place of the name of the State Society, there shall be inscribed the name of the National Society.”  This motion was passed, and with it, the SAR gained its official standard which is still in use today.


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1900 SAR Yearbook

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2018 District of Columbia SAR Annual Election Meeting

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District of Columbia SAR Annual Election Meeting

Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 pm

Fund for American Studies
1706 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Contact: brock@dcssar.org

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241st Anniversary of the Battle of Thomas Creek

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241st Anniversary

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Battle of Thomas Creek

The Florida Society commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Thomas Creek.


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Adoption of the Halifax Resolves

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The 242nd Anniversary Celebration of the Adoption of the Halifax Resolves will be held Wednesday, April 12th at 10:30 am on the site of the Colonial Courthouse on  Market St. adjacent to the Historic Halifax Visitors Center located at 25 St. David St. in Halifax, NC.  President-General Larry T. Guzy will be the keynote speaker.

A weapons check will be conducted at 10:15. Weapons not inspected at this time will not be allowed on the field.

A luncheon will be held at the Halifax United Methodist Church, 150 S. King St. in Halifax at 12:00 pm.  The cost of the meal will be $12.00.  RSVP’s will be required NLT April 9th.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Roanoke Rapids, 111 Carolina Crossroads Pkwy., Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 (Exit 171 I-95). The telephone number is: 252-519-2333. The rooms are $89.00 + tax. You must specify when the reservation is made that you are a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Check-in: 11 April, Check-out 12 April. Reservation must be made by 5 April. Reservations after that time will be on a space available status. Point of contact for lodging questions is Ken Wilson at 252-537-5406 or boxcar27870@embarqmail.com.

A Reception is being planned for 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 11th at the hotel followed by a Dutch Treat dinner at Ralph’s Barbecue, 1400 Julian Allsbrook Highway, Weldon, NC at 6:00 pm.

A luncheon will be held following the ceremony at the Halifax United Methodist Church, 150 South King St. in Halifax, NC. The price of the luncheon will be $12.00 per person. All RSVPs must be received by April 9th for the meals and to be listed on the program.

242nd Anniversary Celebration of the Adoption of the Halifax Resolves

 Name of Society/Chapter/Individual______________________________________
 Present wreath? Yes____ No____
 Presenter_________________________________
 Will your Color Guard attend? Yes____ How Many? ____ No____
 Will you attend the Luncheon? Yes____ No___
 If yes, how many lunches are required? _______ Amount enclosed: $_________
(you can save this form after completion and email it to savent917@gmail.com
and send the check for lunch by the US Mail to the address below.)
 Make checks payable to: “The Halifax Resolves Chapter NCSSAR”

Steve Avent, Secretary/Treasurer
42 Fox Grape Ln
Southern Shores, NC 27932

Phone: (252) 955-2103

E-mail: savent917@gmail.com
Participants are encouraged to register by email using the email address above.

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