Genealogy Committee

NSSAR Genealogy Committee


Information from the Genealogist General

Proving Service at the Battle of Point Pleasant

Consolidated Emails to State Points of Contact

For applicants and members, please see the page for Genealogy Policies and Registrar’s Manual.

We have three lists of SAR contacts who may be able to help you. Please click on the appropriate link below for further assistance:


New Member Helpers
For men who are interested in joining the SAR, please go to this list, and click on the link for your state or region. The gentlemen on this list will refer you to a local chapter, and may be able to offer other assistance and guidance in the preparation of your application for membership. Click on the above link for a list of New Member Helpers.


State Society Points of Contact
Has it been a while since you submitted your application? If you have submitted a new application, or are already a member and have submitted a supplemental application, and it has been more than ten weeks since your application was received by the National Society, please contact the appropriate point of contact for your state or region to inquire about the status of your new or supplemental application. Click on the above link for a list of State Society Points of Contact.


SAR Genealogy Assistants
SAR Genealogy Assistants offer more "hands on" help than New Member Helpers. SAR Genealogy Assistants take an active role in researching and compiling applications for new members, who may have limited or no experience in genealogical research or in preparing an application for a lineage society. The degree to which an SAR Genealogy Assistant can assist a potential new member will vary based on the specific needs of the potential new member. Click on the above link for a list of SAR Genealogy Assistants.


Genealogy Seminar - Recruiting and Qualifying the Prospective Member
Presented by Genealogist General Larry Cornwell during several Leadership Meetings and the 2013 Congress. The Microsoft PowerPoint© slides and script are available for chapters or state societies to present to their compatriots. A link is also provided to a video of the seminar. The seminar is especially valuable to those chapters that are having difficulties recruiting, and for those chapters who need help in researching lineages to assist prospective members with their applications. Members will find it useful in helping them prepare their own supplemental applications, as a step-by-step guide leads the viewer through key on-line resources to help find lineages to his patriot ancestors.


Reports: Subcommittee on Revolutionary Taxes

The National Society SAR Genealogy Committee established the Subcommittee on Revolutionary Taxes to “examine evidence and determine whether or not particular tax laws and lists provide a basis for Patriotic Service and make that information available to the SAR staff and members.”   The reports of the Subcommittee on Revolutionary Taxes posted by the Genealogy Committee were prepared with these goals in mind.


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.

Reports: Subcommittee on Revolutionary Taxes

The National Society SAR Genealogy Committee established the Subcommittee on Revolutionary Taxes to “examine evidence and determine whether or not particular tax laws and lists provide a basis for Patriotic Service and make that information available to the SAR staff and members.” The reports of the Subcommittee on Revolutionary Taxes posted by the Genealogy Committee were prepared with these goals in mind. Under Genealogy Committee policy 2012-06:

  • Payment of a tax to a state or a local jurisdiction during the Revolution shall be deemed Patriotic Service by virtue of providing material aid if:
    • 1. a. the title and/or authorizing language of the tax addresses a request of the Continental Congress, whether or not the request was explicitly attributed to the Congress, or
    •     b. the title and/or authorizing language for the tax gives as the purpose the support of the War and/or achieving independence; and,
    • 2. the taxpayer was not charged a penalty rate or fee imposed for breaking the law and/or the taxpayer was not on record for having broken a law entailing a penalty such as a higher rate, penalty fee, fine, or seizure of property.

As a general strategy, the Subcommittee examines the statutes of a state before it has examined the tax records of that state. Even without a report on particular tax records for a state, a report of the tax laws is of value because an applicant can often determine what law mandated a particular tax record and can simply cite the report on statutes for the state if the law qualified.

Additional resources


State Society Genealogy Contacts


Please contact one of these gentlemen with inquires regarding the status of an SAR application or supplemental.



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Ron Bearden, Registrar
458 County Rd 482
Crossville, AL 35962
E-mail: rbeardenatfarmerstel [dot] com


Harvey E. Rookus, Secretary
3310 Checkmate Dr
Anchorage, AK 99508
E-mail: hrookusatalaska [dot] com
EuGene C. Smith, Jr.
P.O. Box 1110
Clinton, AR 72031-1110
Phone: (501) 757-2543
E-mail: bigusmithatyahoo [dot] com
Edmund P. Karr, Registrar
10466 E. Mercer Ln
Scottsdale, AZ 85259-6509
E-mail: K3kzedatgmail [dot] com
Owne Stiles, Registrar
284 Hazel St
Gridley, CA 95948-2610
E-mail: ostilesatwcisp [dot] com
Tom A. Brown, Registrar
3450 Penrose Place, Suite 140  
Boulder, CO 80301-1800           
 E-mail: tbrownatviawest [dot] net
Gregory E. Thompson, Registrar
17 David Dr
East Haven, CT 06512
E-mail: gthomp5749ataol [dot] com
Troy L. Foxwell
327 Tilghman Rd
Salisbury, DE 21804
E-mail: tlfoxwellataol [dot] com
District of Columbia
Larry Miller, Registrar
2910 First Rd N
Arlington, VA 22201
E-mail: lmilleratdar [dot] org
Ray Lantz, Registrar
88939 Abbington Dr
Pensacola, FL 32534
E-mail: rclantzatcox [dot] net
Allen Henson
1113 Autumn Chase Ct
Marietta, GA 30064
E-mail: registrargassarataol [dot] com
Elbridge W. Smith, Registrar
1583 Ulu Puni St
Kailua, HI 96813
E-mail: ElbridgeWataol [dot] com
Mike Rowley
1825 NW 129th St
Clive, IA 50325
E-mail: MJR1825atgmail [dot] com
Francis L. Huntley, Registrar
283 Skyline Heights Dr
Orofino, ID 83544-6120
Phone: (208) 476-5783
E-mail: frankhuntleyatidahosar [dot] org
James DeGroff, Jr., Secretary
6 Ridgefield Dr
Troy, IL 83642-6225

Wayne Eells
103 E Bloomfield Ln
Westfield, IN 46074
E-mail: wjeellsataol [dot] com
Tim Peterman
11315 Applewood Dr
Kansas City, MO 64134-3122
Phone: (816) 761-7453
E-mail: tepeter100ataol [dot] com
Gary Grant Howard, Registrar
232 Walters Rd
Pikeville KY 41501
Phone: (606) 794-1860
E-mail: registraratkyssar [dot] org
Clifford Normand, Registrar
15131 Championship Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
E-mail: Clifford [dot] Normandatatt [dot] net
Stephen Hawko
17 White Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Email: shawko52atyahoo [dot] com
Gary R. Neal, Secretary
P.O. Box 1
Cockeysville, MD 21030-0001
E-mail: grnealatearthlink [dot] net
Wayne Maller, Registrar
103 Essex St
Bangor, ME 04401-5301
Phone: (207) 942-6486
E-mail: essex103ataol [dot] com
Robert A. Wagel, Registrar
53725 O'Keefe Rd
Dowagiac, MI 49047
E-mail: mwagelatacd [dot] net
John Hallberg Jones, Secretary
2700 E Minnehaha Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55406-3743
Phone: (612) 721-4275
E-mail: JohnatGoodNewsProductions [dot] us
Dr. W. Christian Sizemore, Genealogist
1417 Woodbury Dr
Liberty, MO  64068-1266
Phone: (816) 781-0614
E-mail: sizemorecatyahoo [dot] com
Charles F. Garrison, Secretary
9580 County Line Rd
Hernando, MS 38632
E-mail: cgarris39ataol [dot] com
Lon D. Brown, Registrar
4193 Foothill Rd
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 250-0825
E-mail: mtsarregistrarathotmail [dot] com
North Carolina
Steven F. Avent, Registrar
202 Olde Colony Dr
Edenton, NC 27932-2058
E-mail: savent917atgmail [dot] com
North Dakota
Dr. Keith T. Johnson, Registrar
2436 Canyon Lake Dr
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: (605) 343-0596
E-mail: ktjohnatrapidnet [dot] com
Col. (ret) David K. Kentsmith, MD
Secretary, Nebraska SAR
16902 South HW 50
Springfield, Nebraska 68059-4827
K-nesaratq [dot] com
New Hampshire
Hans Eric Jackson
7 Mt. Pleasant St
Derry, NH  03038
E-mail: hansejackatcomcast [dot] net
New Jersey
James F. Smith, Sr., Registrar
121 Elm Ave
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
E-mail: smith [dot] sr1atgmail [dot] com
New Mexico
Michael E. Barger, Secretary
1942 Western Hills Dr SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124-8902
Phone: (505) 892-3076
E-mail:  mebargeratcableone [dot] net
Dr. Joseph de Beauchamp
5348 Vegas Drive #782
Las Vegas, NV 89108-2347
Phone: (702) 808-3871
E-mail: debeauchamp1949atgmail [dot] com
New York
Jonathan E. Goebel, Secretary
510 Hoags Corners Rd
Nassau, NY 12123-2618
Phone: (518) 766-2143
E-mail: goebelattaconic [dot] net
Timothy E. Ward
16431 Messenger Rd
Auburn, OH 44023
Phone: (400) 275-7829
E-mail: timothywardatwindstream [dot] net
Glenn W. Lee, Registrar
5300 NW 120th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73162-1781
Phone: (405) 608-0371
E-mail: gleeedmondatgmail [dot] com
Charles Byers, Registrar
1932 Olympia Way
Longview, WA 98632
E-mail: clbyersatkalama [dot] com
Paul C. Metzger, Registrar
213 Irion Dr
Montoursville, PA 17754-7922
E-mail: pcmetzgeratchilitech [dot] net
RI - no web site
Rhode Island
Carlen P. Booth
70 Village Dr
Riverside, RI 02916
E-mail: Cpbarriataol [dot] com
South Carolina
Mark C. Anthony
12 Misty Oaks Dr
Greer, SC 29651
Phone: (864) 908-9724
E-mail: mcgt90atbellsouth [dot] net
South Dakota
Dr. Keith T. Johnson, Registrar
2436 Canyon Lake Dr
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: (605) 343-0596
E-mail: ktjohnatrapidnet [dot] com
Richard T. Spencer, Jr., Registrar
376 Sims Ln
Franklin, TN 37069-1893
E-mail: DSPEN47ataol [dot] com
Larry J. Peik
Registrar (Coastal Group)
reg_coastalattxssar [dot] org
David J. Temple
Registrar (Inland Group)
reg_inlandattxssar [dot] org
 UT - no web site
Eric D. Richhart
3844 S. Danbury Cir
Magna, UT 84044-2223
E-mail: refoals1atmsn [dot] com
Robert H. Rodgers, Registrar
2284 South St
New Haven, VT 05472
E-mail: Robert [dot] Rodgersatuvm [dot] edu

John E. "Jack" Sweeney, Registrar
6485 Topsails Ln
Springfield, VA 22150
E-mail: JSweeneyVASSARatcox [dot] net

John E. Ernest, Registrar
4407 51st Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105-4932
E-mail: jeernestatcomcast [dot] net
West Virginia
Raymond M. Kane Jr., Registrar
HC 69 Box 41
Valley Head, WV 26294
Cell Phone: (304) 940-3437
E-mail: wvmm32atyahoo [dot] com
Aaron C. Krebs, Secretary
2614 McKenna Blvd
Madison, WI 53711
E-mail: lmkackatcharter [dot] net