Are you thinking about joining the SAR? Not sure where to start?
You've found the right place. Follow the instructions below to get started.
New? Start Here
There are four steps in the application process.
Step 1 - Determine Eligibility
Any male is eligible for membership in the SAR, who is a citizen of a good reputation in the community, and a lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to and rendered acceptable service in the cause of American Independence.
Properly documenting a genealogical line to a patriot ancestor can often be accomplished with only modest effort, provided you know what to look for and where to find it. If you have an ancestor who lived in the United States prior to 1900, chances are you may be the descendant of a Revolutionary War patriot.
Read More HERE
Step 2 - Contact OHSSAR Registrar
It is important that you complete this step. This will make the process much easier.
Contact either one of these OHSSAR members. They will help you through the process, put you in contact with a SAR chapter close to you and answer any questions you have.
Step 3 - Collect Your Data
The person who has been designated to help you, your application mentor, is not going to do the research. They are working with several people and will not have that time. This mentor is there to answer questions and provide guidance. By doing your own research you will discover things about your heritage that you never knew before. It is an adventure, made easier with the help of your mentor. Work closely with him.
Additional guidance is found HERE, Step 3.
Step 4 - Complete The Application
You have two options when completing the application.
(a) Click HERE and use the online form in Step 4. You will start by creating an account to save your work.
(b) Download either version of the application and save it locally.
PDF Word (document downloads)
Q & A
How long will it take to complete the research?
That depends on many things. Some of the favorable situations are: You have a blood relative that is already in the SAR or DAR or some other lineage society. Or, you, or one of your relatives, has already completed most of the research. These situations would only take a month or two, or less to complete.
On the other hand, if you are starting from scratch and need to research each relative as you go back in time, then the amount of time required could be months.
It can take three to four months to gather the required documentation.
What are the sources of information?
Examples (but not limited to): birth certificates, baptismal records, Social Security application, military records, marriage records, obituaries/funeral home records, cemetery/burial administrative records, life insurance policies, school records.
What is the cost to apply?
You may need to purchase some “proofs,” usually $10/each. The application fee is $145.
What if I find more than one Patriot?
Great! After your first Patriot is approved, you can add as many Supplementals as you can. You follow the same process with each one.