Genealogy Policies and Application Preparation Manual


Application Preparation Manual.

Genealogy Policy Manual

The basic eligibility and genealogical requirements of the SAR may be found in Article III of the NSSAR Constitution and in Bylaw No. 1 of the NSSAR Bylaws.

Generally, primary documentation is required to prove the service rendered by the patriot ancestor, and to prove the link between each generation in the bloodline from the patriot to the applicant. Such primary documentation may include, but is not limited to:

  • Revolutionary War pension files
  • Birth, marriage, and death records
  • Baptismal records
  • U.S. Federal census records from 1850 and beyond
  • Explicit family Bible records
  • Deeds and court records
  • Title page and relevant pages of documented family histories and local histories
  • Record copies of applications to some other lineage societies on which relevant genealogical facts are sufficiently verified per SAR genealogical standards.

Please be sure to read the additional information about categories of membership, requirements for membership, and application fees, which may be found in NSSAR Form No. 0910.

Detailed instructions and examples for completion of the SAR Application Form as well as helpful hints for your lineage research is contained in the 
Application Preparation Manual.

Beyond what is set forth in Article III of the Constitution, Bylaw No. 1 of the Bylaws, and NSSAR Form Nos. 0910, some additional eligibility and genealogy policies may be found below.

From time to time, the NSSAR Genealogy Committee will revise or update these eligibility and genealogy policies of the SAR. A complete list of the Genealogy Policies of the NSSAR is contained in the Genealogy Policy Manual


If you would like to ask about an existing SAR genealogy policy, or if you wonder whether the SAR has a policy about a particular genealogical topic, contact either the Chairman of the NSSAR Genealogy Committee or the Genealogist General.