Documenting Your Line
Please understand that discovering and documenting a genealogical line to a patriot ancestor can often be accomplished with only a modest amount of effort, providing you know what to look for and where to find it. If you have an ancestor who lived in the United States prior to 1900, chances are likely that you could be the descendant of a Revolutionary War patriot.
This material will help you get a basic understanding of how to look for genealogical information. Please note however, that the primary focus of this resource is obtaining the documentation needed for an SAR application, so it does not cover immigration records or many other fascinating aspects of researching your ancestry. As you become more experienced at finding information, you will become a treasured resource for your local chapter, state-level society, and community.
The material presented below is an excerpt from a program by SAR Compatriot William B. Neal of the Delaware SAR, who chaired the National SAR Lineage Research and Workshop Committee for many years. Compatriot Neal has more than a quarter-century of experience in genealogy and was the Founding President of the Delaware Genealogical Society. His SAR credentials include receiving the Liberty Medal with several oak leaf clusters (indicating that he has helped dozens of people become members of the SAR) and he held the SAR National Office of Genealogist General for several terms.
DOCUMENTING EASY CASES
If you have a relative in the SAR, DAR, or C.A.R., then your patriot ancestor’s name, service, and a good portion of the lineage has already been determined and documented.
DOCUMENTING DIFFICULT CASES
Not every applicant has an easy case though, one in which a family member has already completed much of the genealogical research. If this is your case, do not fear: it is becoming easier to find the required documents.