How to Apply for Membership
There are example applications as well as explanations for the types of documentation/proofs that need to be provided with your application. There are specific formats for dates and locations that need to be followed. Be especially aware or Standards of Documentation on Pgs 3-4 and the section on SAR/DAR/CAR Record Copies and Old Applications on Pgs 12-13.
Now that the hard work is done, sit back and relax while you wait for National to approve your application. The waiting can be the hardest part! It will take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks on average for you application to be processed.
Any member of the Society should be able to advise you on the generalities of completeing your application. If you have questions, first check the documentation that you previously reviewed in steps 1-3. If you have further questions our State Registrar may be able to assist you. Please note that we DO NOT do your research for you, we will help find a proof or give guidance but the research work is to be done by the prospective member.
In 1876 there were many celebrations to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As part of this patriotic fervor, a group of men in the San Francisco, California, area who were descendants of patriots involved in the American Revolution, formed an organization called the Sons of
Revolutionary Sires. Their objective was to have a fraternal and civic society to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. They desired to keep alive their ancestors’ story of patriotism and courage in the belief that it is a universal one of man’s struggle against
tyranny — a story which would inspire and sustain succeeding generations when they would have to defend and extend our freedoms.
Out of the Sires grew the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which was organized on April 30, 1889 — the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation’s first President. We have used the acronym SAR to identify ourselves for over 100 years. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the men who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906. The
charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the SAR. The charter authorizes the granting of charters to societies of the various states and territories and authorizes the state societies to charter chapters within their borders. Federal Legislation that established a federal charter for the National Society SAR.
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