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Family History Files Now Available on ShareFile

The “Family History Files” of the SAR Genealogical Research Library is a collection of 862 digitized files of miscellaneous genealogical information alphabetized by surname.  It is now available on ShareFile to SAR members.

Friends of the SAR Library Promotional Video Now Available


Library Now Offering Two New Databases to Members Offsite!

Library Represented at Louisville Genealogical Society Conference

On Saturday, October 17, the SAR Genealogical Research Library participated in the annual Louisville Genealogical Society seminar held at Beargrass Christian Church in Louisville, KY.  The event features a book fair, vendor booth, and genealogical speakers from around the area including a national keynote speaker.  This year’s headlining speaker was Judy Russell, “The Legal Genealogist.”  She spoke on such topics as “Where There Is – or Isn’t – a Will” and “No Vitals? No Problem!

A New Hampshire Signer of the Declaration

Matthew Thornton was born ca. 1714 in Northern Ireland to James and Elizabeth (Jenkins) Thornton.  He moved with his parents, when he was around four years of age, to what is now the state of Maine.

He was educated in Worcester, Massachusetts and moved to Londonderry, New Hampshire where he set up his medical practice in 1740.  He later retired from the practice of medicine and entered into local politics, while also adopting the cause of independence for the colonies.

SAR Fall Leadership "Cemetery Preservation 101" Workshop


Join the Library on Facebook

An “SAR Library Sons of the American Revolution” Facebook page was recently set up here.  Be sure and “Like” the page.  You are welcome to post information or queries related to the Library or genealogical research.

SAR Outreach Education Celebrates Constitution Day 2015


     In recognition of Constitution Day this year, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) would like to provide educators, SAR members, and other interested visitors with a few valuable resources related to the U.S. Constitution and their Constitution Day studies. The following external links have excellent reputations for Constitutional materials; the SAR Outreach Education program has already used some of these proven resources to help SAR members with their Constitution Day activities.


Joseph C. Breckinridge, Sr., PG 1900-1901

Genealogy Workshop Starts New Year at SAR Library

On Saturday, January 17, 2015, the SAR Genealogical Research Library hosted its first event of the year. Nearly 50 people attended NSSAR Staff Genealogist Denise Hall’s hands-on genealogy workshop. Ms. Hall began the workshop with a short demonstration on how to correctly print documentation images from online sources. Often, lineage society applicants submit documentation that is unreadable or is an abbreviated form of a record, and this part of the workshop taught participants how to obtain the proper format.

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