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Acceptable Service

The process of becoming a member of the Sons of the American Revolution requires a number of steps:

Determine eligibility: Check that you satisfy the [starball] Qualifications for membership and that  your ancestor provided [starball] Acceptable Service.

Get a sponsor: Send an e-mail to Each new member must be sponsored by a current member of the SAR.

Collect and organize the documentation tracing your lineage back to your patriot ancestor. To help with this step, download and printout the SAR application worksheet:
[starball] sarwshee.txt - this one is a pure text file, no formatting
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If you have a  [starball] relative in the SAR, DAR, CAR, SR, or a similar patriot descendency organization you may be able to save yourself a great deal of effort by submitting their established lineage and documentation for the part of your lineage where your ancestors are the same as your relative's.

For a modest fee SAR headquarters staff will
[starball] search for mention of your ancestor on SAR applications.
[starball] provide a photocopy of an SAR application.


Complete the formal application on the form provided by your sponsoring Chapter, and submit it to your sponsoring Chapter for approval and forwarding to the appropriate State Society and then to NSSAR Headquarters in Louisville for final approval.

Pay your application fee (the exact amount will depend on the Chapter, State and National fees in force at the time you submit your application).

Wait. The approval process normally takes 8 to 10 weeks. You will be notified by your sponsoring Chapter if additional documentation is needed at either the State or National level.

Share the pleasure of your induction ceremony with your family and friends.

Serve your ancestry and community through personal efforts and SAR activities.


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Last modified: May 09, 2003
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