The purpose of the Sons of the American Revolution is “to perpetuate the memory of those who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American People.”
Eligibility for Acceptance
Any man of age eighteen (18) years or over, who is a lineal descendant of an ancestor who supported the war for American independence is eligible for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution. These ancestors are referred to as Revolutionary War Patriots and include those persons who fought in the military and/or militia, who provided supplies to the American cause, who served on political bodies supporting the Revolution, who signed oaths of support and similar acts.
How to Apply
- As a Candidate, you must prove your lineage back to a Patriot of the Revolutionary War to genealogical standards. This requires source documents such as birth, marriage, and death records; census records; tax papers; or other government documentation. Bible records may be used only if written during the time of the ancestor. Family history books are not genealogical proofs, nor are ancestry family files or any other file which is a family recorded record (unless documented by the library of Congress). Often times, we are able to provide assistance regarding what qualifies as being up to genealogical standard.
- If you are a family member of an SAR or DAR member, you will need source documents proving your lineage back to that member’s Record Copy Application.
- For example, if you are claiming eligibility on the basis of your cousin, you would need your birth record (the Applicant), your parents’ birth and marriage records, and your grandparents’ birth and marriage records (proving your line of descent from your Grandparents). You would also need your aunt and uncle’s birth and marriage records showing their relationship to your grandparents, and your cousin’s birth record showing his or her relationship to your aunt and uncle (proving the line of descent from your Grandparents to your Cousin).
- You will send all of these proofs, along with a copy of the Record Copy Application, which the member should have. (This is the application form with checks and the National Membership Number and the stamp of approval on it.)
- You will need two sponsors who are members of the Sons of the American Revolution. To do so, contact a member of your local chapter. You can find links to our Officers at the menu above. We will either assist you or help you contact a National membership assistant.
- You will need three watermarked Application forms, and you can get these from your local chapter Secretary or Registrar. The Application forms can be found either on the National Society website (www.SAR.org🔗).
Application Fee and Dues
Your membership application should include the standard fee of $100, as well as one years’ Dues.
Dues vary by Chapter. The current Dues rates for our Chapter can be found by mousing over “Members” in the menu at the top of this screen, then selecting “Dues.”
After getting all your information together you will then turn the records into the secretary or registrar of the chapter and they will check the form. If there is no missing information they will send your application package to the State registrar and he will send to the National Registrar. If there is missing information, we will contact you for the missing information. Both Chapter, State and National Registrars check applications and proofs for approval.
You should contact the current Registrar of the George Mason Chapter, who you can identify on the Officers page, for assistance with your application.