The SAR is an historical, educational, and patriotic not-for-profit corporation that seeks to maintain and extend:
the institutions of American freedom,
an appreciation for true patriotism,
a respect for our national symbols,
the value of American citizenship,
the unifying force of e pluribus Unum that has created, from people of many nations, one nation and one people.
We do this by perpetuating the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the indepedence of the American people.
The SAR is a lineage society, which means you must have an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783. You must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for membership. Not yet 18? You may still enter the SAR under the Youth Registration Program. Upon your 18th birthday, you can automatically become a member with full membership privileges.
It is quite possible that you are eligible for membership in the SAR; in fact, you may already know the name of your patriot ancestor. If not, the SAR has many volunteers who guide prospective members in the development of their lineage to their Revolutionary Patriot. Beginning with yourself, trace back as many generations as you can. There are many resources available to assist you with your research
Visit the links in the box at the upper right of this webpage, or send an email using the form below. You can also contact individual chapters from their webpages by clicking a flag in the Chapters Map below.
Don't lose heart! The application and research process can be slow at times. However, once your application has been processsed, you will be assigned a mentor from a local area chapter who will assist you the rest of the way.
Why we ask for your phone number...Many of the messages we receive are better suited for phone conversations. We would like the opportunity to address all of your questions and concerns.
Why we ask for your city or town...We would like to have someone contact you who is familiar with your area and can answer your questions.