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20 Year SAR Member
Genealogy is a rewarding and entertaining endeavor and can provide great insight into the applicant’s personal history. While your genealogical skill and interest level can come in a variety of forms, the SAR is excited to help you discover more.
If you have a lineal connection to an ancestor who provided service to the cause of American Independence, you might be eligible to join the SAR.
The SAR accepts service rendered, with some exceptions, for the period between 19 April 1775 and 26 November 1783.
The next step, if you think you are eligible, would be to contact an SAR member who is closest to you and can assist you through the application process.
A New Member Helper can review what information you already have and help you organize your membership forms. Visit the following page and click on your state of residence. This will give you information on someone that can either assist you or even direct you to someone closer to your area in a local chapter.
With the assistance of your New Member Helper, you can review the documentation evidence that can establish your lineal connection and start the application process.
Documentation can be a challenge in some cases. Your Helper should be experienced in knowing what is acceptable for the SAR and what isn’t.
The following pages discuss some ideas on how to collect documentation, both difficult and straight forward materials, or offer some lessons learned by others when going through the process.
Now you are ready to put together your SAR application and submit it along with the documentation to your local chapter or society.
As an applicant, there are several options of SAR membership. While most individuals who join are listed as a regular member, there is also a junior membership for those men under 18 years of age. Your Helper will be able to discuss membership types and related costs with you. For example if there are more than one family member who may also qualify for SAR membership, the Family Plan might be the most cost effective approach. Membership costs can vary slightly between chapters and state level societies depending upon location; your Helper will be able to share those details with you as well.
The following page will give you some basic instructions on starting the paperwork: