If you have an interest in joining the Sons of the American Revolution, the largest male lineage society in the United States, you will find everything you need right here. Our eligibility requirements are that you be a lineal descendant of an ancestor who provided service to the cause of American Independence between 19 April 1775 and 26 November 1783. This includes not just ancestors who resided in one of the thirteen colonies, but also subjects of France and Spain, and citizens of Holland, where their service can be proved.
To initiate the process, you should begin by ensuring that you can satisfy membership requirements and that you descend from an accepted Patriot. We do not restrict membership on basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, nation of citizenship or residency. To establish eligibility you must be able to link yourself to a Patriot with appropriate documentation. Legitimacy of an ancestor is not a factor as long as appropriate proof of descendancy is provided to create a solid link. Plural marriage families are not excluded from SAR membership. Proving bloodline descent, whether legitimate or illegitimate, from a patriot ancestor to yourself is what is required and is what must be documented. Additionally, you must be sponsored by two current SAR members.
The easiest way to find a sponsor is to just come to a meeting and introduce yourself. We meet September through May at the Old Spaghetti Factory across from Todos Santos Plaza in Concord. You can check our calendar for the next meeting. Contact us to let us know you're attending, and we'll be happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have.
Until then, please review some resources provided by the National Society to assist you in understanding the basics of documentation of your lineage and submission of your application for membership.