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Interested in Membership? Still have questions?

We will attempt to cover some of the most common here.

Common Questions About SAR

Start with the Membership Process pages.

To create an account and start entering data start with the Application User Guide.

With a hobby like genealogy cost can vary depending upon how well your ancestors buried the records.  

The SAR cost vary from Chapter to Chapter or State to State with regards to dues.  To find the cost for you reach out to the contact closest to you.  They can be found here.

The National Society cost for the application fee is $80 (US).  The National Society dues are $35(US)

The State Society cost would add to this amount.  The same for Chapter cost.

For membership information, reach out to the closest State Contact found here

From there the State Contact may put you in touch with someone from a Chapter in your area.  They can sit down with you to talk about whatever questions you may have.

Words from our members:

"The American Revolution was about both the pen and the sword.  The SAR provides a place where I can explore the ideas that motivated my New England Yankee ancestors and think about how those ideas continue to shape a country that has made a home for my German and Norwegian emigrant ancestors and all the other people who make up our nation." - David Schrader (MA)


"While I have enjoyed learning about my Patriot ancestors and honoring their service, I have also enjoyed the many new friendships I have made and I have a much keener interest in history in general and the Revolution in particular." - Alan Douglass Fitch, Jr.


Being an SAR member involves you in your local and national community with telling the story of the Founding Fathers and the creation of the United States of America.  It connects you to the history of the American Revolution by a direct means in tracing your lineage.  It allows you to connect with others that also share that same type of connection.

The Objects of this Society are declared to be patriotic, historical,and educational; to unite and promote fellowship among the descendants of those who sacrificed to achieve the independence of the American people, to inspire them and the community-at-large with a more profound reverence for the principles of the government founded by our forefathers; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom.

We do this in a myriad of ways: 

through programs that support Veterans, 

to education programming in schools and through youth contest at local, 

state and national levels, 

to re-enactments of battles and colonial life, 

the presenting of the flags at events dressed in colonial uniforms, 

to volunteering at all levels at events in local communities.  

The list is long and varied from Chapter to Chapter and State to State.

It can help you through the process of collecting documents, as those documents may already be on file at the National Headquarters.  

Depending upon when your Father, Grandfather, or other relative joined, you may be able to use a copy of their application.

You can check out our Genealogical Research Services to see about ordering a copy of their documentation or application.

Your paperwork has been submitted.  At this point, you are going to want to stay in contact with your helper.  He will be able to keep you up to date on the status.

If the application and documents have been reviewed by the National Genealogy staff and meet with approval then a National Number is issued by the Registrar.  Once he does that you will receive a postcard welcoming you to the SAR.

If there is a question about the application or documents, your contact person will get a note explaining the questions.  At that point an explanation about the situation or additional documentation may be requested or found to answer the questions.

Many SAR members have additional ancestors, we refer to them as supplemental ancestors.  You will need to select which ancestor you would like to use to join the SAR.  

Once you are a member you can file supplemental applications in much the same way you filed your original membership application.

The NSSAR Bylaws do not provide for “associate members.”  Chapters and State Societies may have “associates” or “friends” who attend meetings, march in parades with the color guard or generally support the chapter.  However, the term “members” is reserved for gentlemen whose documented lineage has been approved by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.  A chapter or State Society shall not collect dues from an associate, but may collect the actual cost of printing and mailing a chapter or State Society newsletter.

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