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    SAR Genealogical Policies and Materials

    Genealogy:

    the study and tracing of lines of descent from an ancestor.


    The SAR utilizes genealogy in establishing “the lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to, and rendered active service in the cause of American Independence.”

    The creation of polices to govern the review of reasonable evidence proving a lineal connection to the Revolutionary War is the responsibility of the SAR Genealogy Committee. The committee reviews genealogical procedures and establishes SAR policies to insure that there is reasonable evidence that applicants are eligible for membership. The committee recommends research methods for finding proof of Revolutionary War services for ancestors and for the lineage from applicants to Revolutionary War ancestors. The committee also serves as a resource on genealogical sources and procedures. 

    The Genealogy Committee created the Genealogy Committee Policies Manual and the Application Preparation Manual to assist in training SAR Registrars and SAR Genealogist with the accepted policies of the Society. These manuals are useful tools when working through the various documents and the SAR membership application to finally find that connection to an ancestor and possibly establish membership in the Sons of the American Revolution.

    Genealogy Committee Policies Manual

    Application Preparation Manual


    SAR Application Process


    The SAR has established an online process for completing an application for membership. The start of the process is to create a user account on the sar.org site. Once that has been completed, you can login and start the process of recording your information. It is a browser-driven process, so you can access it anywhere you have Internet access. The following link will give you a basic instruction manual to the process. We would still encourage you to reach out to a New Member Helper which can be found on the Find Your Chapter page or one of the state-level points of contact. 

    Guide for Using the SAR Online Application System


    Additional Help


    If you have submitted an application to join the SAR or you are already an SAR member and have submitted a supplemental application, you should reach out to a local point of contact for updates and the “what’s next” in the process information. The following is a list of those points of contact in each state.

    SAR State-level Society Points of Contact


    Additional Resources and Materials


    Proving Service at the Battle of Point Pleasant for the Sons of the American Revolution
    by John D. Sinks, Genealogist General

    Introduction. The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) accepts service of soldiers who were at the Battle of Point Pleasant on 10 October 1774 as Revolutionary service. This was the only full scale battle fought in Dunmore’s War, and no other service in Dunmore’s War is accepted as Revolutionary service by the SAR. The battle lasted from the beginning of the day until....for more


    The SAR Genealogy Committee established a Subcommittee on Revolutionary Taxes to “examine evidence and determine whether or not particular tax laws and lists provide a basis for patriotic service and make that information available to the SAR staff and members.” The subcommittee’s reports posted by the Genealogy Committee were prepared with these goals in mind. The following is a resource to assist in the discovery of potential leads for research through tax information in the original thirteen states.

    Revolutionary Taxes Subcommittee Reports


    Virginia Land Certificates as Evidence for the Oath of Allegiance
    by John D. Sinks, Genealogist General

    The Virginia General Assembly passed a law in the May 1779 session entitled, “An Act for adjusting and settling the titles of claimers to unpatented lands under the present and former government, previous to the establishment of the Commonwealth’s land office.” Those who had settled in counties on the western waters were.... for more


    Sources for Revolutionary Statutes of the Thirteen States
    by John D. Sinks, Genealogist General

    Statutes of the states that were enacted during the Revolution can be invaluable to those researching the service of their ancestors. They can provide insight into the organization of the militia, the financial underpinnings of the Revolution, and the rights and obligations of.... for more

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