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​Sons of the American Revolution

The National Society Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) is the premier male lineage society with sixteen U.S. Presidents and twenty seven Medal of Honor recipient Compatriots on our member rolls. With more than 208,000 members admitted since being founded on April 30, 1889, the NSSAR members are intensely devoted to serving the communities they hail from across all fifty states and in five countries abroad.

Our organization's members participate in untold hours of service work, educational outreach initiatives and efforts to promote American patriotism. Our Headquarters is situated in the historical museum district in Louisville Kentucky and our library houses unique collections which grow daily. We invite you to explore activities we are involved with locally, nationally and globally, there is much to learn about the Sons of the American Revolution.


Genealogical Research Library

The SAR Genealogical Research Library collection contains over 55,000 holdings including family histories; local, county, and state records and multiple online genealogical databases. The Library is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:30AM until 4:30PM. Additionally, we are open on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00AM until 4:00PM.

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The SAR Store

Celebrate your heritage with SAR apparel, medals, historic replicas, personalized items and more. All purchases help support the Sons of the American Revolution's mission of preserving the legacy of our patriot ancestors.

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SAR Center

...Whereas, past Congresses have authorized the raising of funds to build and endow a new library facility at our headquarters complex in Louisville, Kentucky, and furthermore to add educational outreach capabilities, staffed by professionals, targeting both the regional and nation-wide community-at-large...

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SAR Foundation

The SAR Foundation was established in 2002 as the fundraising arm of the SAR. Its first fundraising objective was to lead a capital campaign to build a new library and museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Today, the preservation effort continues.

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The SAR, the largest male lineage organization in the U.S., consists of 50 societies with more than 550 local chapters, several international societies and over 36,000 members.  SAR is dedicated to assisting our members, schools, teachers and the general public in their efforts to sustain and preserve our history and constitutional principles.

2018 HOLIday closures

​​Please note that SAR Headquarters will also be closed:

Thursday, November 22, 2018 and Friday, November 23, 2018 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Monday, December 24, 2018 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018 in observance of Christmas.​
Monday, December 31, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in observance of the New Year.

News

Revolutionary War Timeline

1754
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  • The French & Indian War

    FROM 1754-1763

    The French & Indian War was fought between the colonies of British America and New France, with both sides supported by military units from their parent countries of Great Britain and France, as well as Native American allies. At the start of the war, the French North American colonies had a population of roughly 60,000 European settlers, compared with 2 million in the British North American colonies. The outnumbered French particularly depended on the Indians. Long in conflict, the metropole nations declared war on each other in 1756, escalating the war from a regional affair into an intercontinental conflict.

  • Signing of the Treaty of Paris

    FEBRUARY 10TH, 1763

    Ending the Seven Year’s War, also known as the French and Indian War in North America. France ceded all mainland North American territories, except New Orleans, in order to retain her Caribbean sugar islands. Britain gained all territory east of the Mississippi River; Spain kept territory west of the Mississippi, but exchanged East and West Florida for Cuba.

  • Proclamation of 1763

    OCTOBER 7TH, 1763


    Wary of the cost of defending the colonies, George III prohibited all settlement west of the Appalachian mountains without guarantees of security from local Native American nations. The intervention in colonial affairs offended the thirteen colonies' claim to the exclusive right to govern lands to their west.

  • Sugar Act

    APRIL 5TH, 1764

    The first attempt to finance the defence of the colonies by the British Government. In order to deter smuggling and to encourage the production of British rum, taxes on molasses were dropped; a levy was placed on foreign Madeira wine and colonial exports of iron, lumber and other goods had to pass first through Britain and British customs. The Act established a Vice-Admiralty Court in Halifax, Nova Scotia to hear smuggling cases without jury and with the presumption of guilt. These measures led to widespread protest.

  • Stamp Act

    MARCH 22ND, 1765

    Seeking to defray some of the costs of garrisoning the colonies, Parliament required all legal documents, newspapers and pamphlets required to use watermarked, or 'stamped' paper on which a levy was placed.

  • Quartering Act

    MAY 15TH, 1765

    Colonial assemblies required to pay for supplies to British garrisons. The New York assembly argued that it could not be forced to comply.

  • Virginian Resolution

    MAY 30, 1765

    The Virginian assembly refused to comply with the Stamp Act.

  • Stamp Act Congress

    OCTOBER 7TH, 1765 - OCTOBER 25TH, 1765


    Representatives from nine of the thirteen colonies declare the Stamp Act unconstitutional as it was a tax levied without their consent.

  • Declaratory Act

    MARCH 18TH, 1766

    Parliament finalises the repeal of the Stamp Act, but declares that it has the right to tax colonies.

  • Townshend Revenue Act (Townshend Duties)

    JUNE 29TH, 1767

    Duties on tea, glass, lead, paper and paint to help pay for the administration of the colonies, named after Charles Townshend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. John Dickinson publishes Letter from a Philadelphian Farmer in protest. Colonial assemblies condemn taxation without representation.

  • British troops arrive in Boston

    OCTOBER 1ST, 1768

    in response to political unrest.

  • Repeal of the Townshend Revenue Act

    APRIL 12TH, 1770

  • Boston Massacre

    MARCH 5TH, 1770

    Angered by the presence of troops and Britain's colonial policy, a crowd began harassing a group of soldiers guarding the customs house; a soldier was knocked down by a snowball and discharged his musket, sparking a volley into the crowd which kills five civilians.

  • Burning of the Gaspee

    JUNE 10TH, 1772

    The revenue schooner Gaspee ran aground near Providence, Rhode Island and was burnt by locals angered by the enforcement of trade legislation.

  • Tea Act

    MAY 10TH, 1773

    In an effort to support the ailing East India Company, Parliament exempted its tea from import duties and allowed the Company to sell its tea directly to the colonies. Americans resented what they saw as an indirect tax subsidising a British company.

  • Publication of Thomas Hutchinson letters

    JULY 1773

    In these letters, Hutchinson, the Massachusetts governor, advocated a 'great restraint of natural liberty', convincing many colonists of a planned British clamp-down on their freedoms.

  • The Boston Tea Party

    1773

    The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773. Colonists objected to the Tea Act because they believed that it violated their rights as Englishmen to "No taxation without representation," that is, be taxed only by their own elected representatives and not by a British parliament in which they were not represented. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain.

  • Intolerable Acts

    MAY - JUNE 1774

    Four measures which stripped Massachusetts of self-government and judicial independence following the Boston Tea Party. The colonies responded with a general boycott of British goods.

  • Continental Congress

    SEPTEMBER 1774

    Colonial delegates meet to organise opposition to the Intolerable Acts.

  • Washington: Commander & Chief

    1775

    After the Battles of Lexington and Concord near Boston in April 1775, the colonies went to war. Washington appeared at the Second Continental Congress in a military uniform, signaling that he was prepared for war. Washington had the prestige, military experience, charisma and military bearing of a military leader and was known as a strong patriot. Virginia, the largest colony, deserved recognition, and New England—where the fighting began—realized it needed Southern support. Washington did not explicitly seek the office of commander and said that he was not equal to it, but there was no serious competition. Congress created the Continental Army on June 14, 1775. Nominated by John Adams of Massachusetts, Washington was then appointed as a full General and Commander-in-chief

  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    APRIL 19TH, 1775

    First engagements of the Revolutionary War between British troops and the Minutemen, who had been warned of the attack by Paul Revere

  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    JUNE 17TH, 1775

    The first major battle of the War of Independence. Sir William Howe dislodged William Prescott's forces overlooking Boston at a cost of 1054 British casualties to the Americans' 367.

  • Olive-Brach Petition

    JULY 5TH, 1775

    The first major battle of the War of Independence. Sir William Howe dislodged William Prescott's forces overlooking Boston at a cost of 1054 British casualties to the Americans' 367.

  • Invasion of Canada by Benedict Arnold

    WINTER 1775 - 1776

  • Thomas Paine's Common Sense published anonymously in Philadelphia

    JANUARY 9TH, 1776

  • France provides covert aid to the Americans

    MAY 2ND, 1776

  • Battle of Long Island

    CAMPAIGN OF 1776–1777

    Having withdrawn his army from Boston, General Howe now focused on capturing New York City, which then was limited to the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Howe's force arrived off of Staten Island across the harbor from Manhattan on June 30, 1776, and his army captured it without resistance. To defend the city, General Washington spread his forces along the shores of New York's harbor, concentrated on Long Island and Manhattan. While British and recently hired Hessian troops were assembling, Washington had the newly issued Declaration of American Independence read to his men and the citizens of the city.

  • Congress Adopts the Declaration of Independance

    1776

    The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Continental Congress meeting at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America. John Adams was a leader in pushing for independence, which was unanimously approved on July 2.

  • Battle of Princeton, New Jersey

    JANUARY 2-3, 1777

    General Washington broke camp at Trenton to avoid a British advance, attacking the British rearguard and train near Princeton and then withdrawing to Morristown.

  • British surrender of 5,700 troops at Saratoga.

    OCTOBER 13TH, 1777

    General Washington broke camp at Trenton to avoid a British advance, attacking the British rearguard and train near Princeton and then withdrawing to Morristown.

  • British surrender of 5,700 troops at Saratoga.

    OCTOBER 13TH, 1777

    Lacking supplies, 5,700 British, German and loyalist forces under Major General John Burgoyne surrender to Major General Horatio Gates in a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

  • Second Phase

    1778-1781

    Following news of the surrender at Saratoga and concern over French intervention, the British decided to completely accept the original demands made by the American Patriots. Parliament repealed the remaining tax on tea and declared that no taxes would ever be imposed on colonies without their consent (except for custom duties, the revenues of which would be returned to the colonies). A Commission was formed to negotiate directly with the Continental Congress for the first time. The Commission was empowered to suspend all the other objectionable acts by Parliament passed since 1763, issue general pardons, and declare a cessation of hostilities.

  • France recognises US Independence.

    FEBRUARY 6TH, 1778

    Lacking supplies, 5,700 British, German and loyalist forces under Major General John Burgoyne surrender to Major General Horatio Gates in a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

  • US Defeat at battle of Camden

    AUGUST 16TH, 1780

  • Ratification of the Articles of Confederation

    MARCH 1ST, 1781

  • Battle of the Capes, denying British reinforcements or evacuation.

    SEPTEMBER 5TH, 1781

  • Surrender of British forces under Cornwallis at Yorktown.

    OCTOBER 18TH, 1781

  • British Government authorises peace negotiations.

    MARCH 5TH, 1782

  • Treaty of Paris, formally ending the Revolutionary War

    SEPTEMBER 3RD, 1783

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NEWS

07
Jan

End of the Year Application Policy updates

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Author: Michael Scroggins

Acceptable Application Forms

The SAR embraces and has approved four membership application forms:  MS/Word version; PDF version; SARApAid by Cox Software; and My Applications, the online application system.

The current updated version of each of these four forms is available from the SAR website.

Revised versions of the four forms have been acceptable since they were first approved by the Trustees in March 2017 but outdated versions of these forms, in particular the MS Word, the PDF, and the SARApAid forms, continue to be received at Headquarters.

Now, the Trustees have set an effective date after which outdated versions of the forms cannot be used.  At the 2018 NSSAR Fall Leadership Meeting, the Trustees approved October 31, 2018, as the effective date for use of only the current versions of these application forms.  

The new application forms have several important changes:  removal of the spaces for listing of the applicant's children, a revision to the applicant's signed certification, and addition of a space for signature of the Genealogist General.

The current version date for each form type is:

MS Word version:   "adopted Feb 2017 SAR Application Form 2017" found on the bottom of the application form.

PDF version:   "Adopted - Feb 2017" found on the bottom of the application form.

SARAppAid by Cox Software:   "AppAid Ver. 5.03. Feb 21 2018" found on the bottom of the application form.

My Applications (the online application system):  This format does not have a revision date but any application printed after May 7, 2018, will automatically contain the required changes.

Only application forms with these, or more recent, revision dates will be accepted as of October 31, 2018.  While leeway is certainly due those whose applications were in process at the time we reached the deadline, we need this deadline to be respected, and we request those who assist with the application process - sponsors, genealogists, registrars, secretaries, and others - to assist our applicants in using the right application form and in avoiding the disappointment of having their form returned because of use of the wrong form.

DAR Record Copies

Policy 3.5003 has been revised.  Chapter DAR record copies are no longer acceptable as supporting evidence. Only official NSDAR record copies are acceptable in compliance with DAR policies regarding the use of their proprietary records.  

Chapter copies are identifiable by the footer in small print at the bottom of each page.

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21
Dec

National Headquarters Holiday Schedule

Date & Time


Author: Michael Scroggins

The National Headquarters for the Sons of the American Revolution
will be closed to the public for the Holidays on the following schedule:

Christmas:  December 24th & 25th
New Years:  December 31st & January 1st

If you would like to leave a voice mail for a specific staff member,
please visit the following page for their contact information:

NSSAR Staff

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12
Dec

Member Information Verification for the Directory

Date & Time


Author: Mick Pitzer

Many of our members have received an email and/or postcard over the past several weeks requesting confirmation of the accuracy of your membership data.  For New Members there is an information letter linked below.

This is a legitimate request for information. We are in the process of collecting information for a new, comprehensive Membership Directory. Many of the long term members may remember a directory being published several years ago by Harris Direct. The directory is now published through Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI) a Dallas TX based company, who purchased Harris Direct.

The basic details of the project:

1. PCI will contact members to verify their contact information and their ancestors.  As a member can list up to 20 of ancestors.

2. PCI will ask if you want to purchase a copy of the directory.  The SAR receives a royalty on the sales of the directory.

The contact number for PCI is 800-213-1020. Please note that the “Your Personal ID#” listed on your postcard will NOT be the same as your National Number. Rather, this is a number PCI is using to quickly find your records in their systems.

If you have any additional questions regarding the collecting/confirming of information, please call the toll-free number listed above.

New Member Information Letter

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EVENTS

16
Feb

Crossing of the Dan

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The Crossing of the Dan, a nearly forgotten episode of the American Revolution that occurred at South Boston, Virginia, in 1781, received recognition in September 2013 by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution as a major historic event.  This action has catapulted what was previously a local commemoration to a national event.

The Dan River Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, Berryman Green Chapter, Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution, Halifax County Historical Society, and the Town of South Boston are hosting the 238th Anniversary Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan in historic downtown South Boston, Virginia.  The commemorative events are scheduled for February 16, 2019. 

Centered around The Prizery, where the Crossing of the Dan Exhibit is open to the public. Saturday’s program on February 16th will feature a speaker, Dr. Carole W. Troxler, speaking on " The Loyalists in the Back County ", wreath presentation ceremony, an encampment on the Dan River, and a re-enactment of The Crossing, weather permitting.

More information and on-line registration is available on the Virginia Society Website www.virginia-sar.org/vassar/index.phpand scroll down to the Crossing of the Dan

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28
Feb

2019 Spring Leadership Meeting

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It is my pleasure to invite you to the Spring Leadership Conference/Trustees Meeting which will be held at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky on February 28 - March 2, 2019

National committees will meet on Thursday and Friday. It is the responsibility of each chairman to notify committee members of the time and place of their meeting, and I anticipate that the schedule of meeting times and places will be posted on the web site. The Trustees meet on Saturday morning where reports will be presented by national officers and committee chairmen.

Please note:  Officers and Committee Chairmen - your written report has to be in the office no later than close of business on February 8, 2019.   The report form can be found on the SAR website.  Send them to Debbie Smalley (dsmalley@sar.org).

Dinner banquets are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings for your social pleasure.

For those interested in accommodations at the Brown Hotel, I recommend that reservations (Reservation Desk at  1-502-583-1234) be scheduled immediately as the space there is limited.  Other hotels, inns, and motels are available but if you plan to stay at the Brown Hotel you should identify yourself as an SAR member for a special room rate.

For additional information contact Debbie Smalley ( 502-588- 6123 or dsmalley@sar.org).

Sincerely,
Don Shaw
Executive Director

There is a Welcome Reception in the 2nd floor lobby of the Brown Hotel on February 28th from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm for Leadership attendees.

Late Registration: After the close of business on February 15, 2019  The registration fee after this date will be $80.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: After the close of business on February 22, 2019: no refunds

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02
Mar

Jockey Hollow Chapter

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Jockey Hollow Chapter, New Jersey Society

Luncheon

Guest Speaker: Louis Picone

We are very pleased to announce that Louis Picone will join us as our guest speaker for our March meeting.  He will share with us Extraordinary stories of the Birthplaces & Deaths of the Presidents of the Revolutionary Era

Like any great story, the life of each president has an amazing first and final chapter!

Louis Picone is the author of Where the Presidents Were Born: The History & Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces and The President Is Dead! The Extraordinary Stories of the Presidential Deaths, Final Days, Burials, and Beyond. His books will be available for purchase.

Contact: Pat Reilly, Treasurer

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