SAR Membership – How to Join
A Lineage Society
The SAR is a “lineage” society. This means that each member has traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783.
Do You Have A Patriot Ancestor?If you already know that you have such an ancestor, then you may want to continue on to our “Why We Join” page or even go straight to our “Where to Start” page. If you aren’t sure whether any of your ancestors lived in the United States during the Revolution, don’t lose heart. Many people who never set foot in the United States supported the American colonists’ struggle against British domination — for example the king of Spain. Many patriots (or their descendants moved to foreign lands, and their descendants moved back later, not knowing their ancestors were here before. Many French, German, and Spanish soldiers and sailors fought in support of American independence and returned home without making their descendants aware of their participation in gaining American independence.
Suppose You Don’t?Even if you do not identify an ancestor who participated in the struggle for American Independence, you can still have hours of fun searching for information on your ancestors. Getting involved in your genealogy usually produces interesting family stories and an improved appreciation for the problems and opportunities that your ancestors had to deal with. While the lack of a documented patriot ancestor will prevent you from joining the SAR, there are many other societies that can help you explore your family history, meet other people of the same lineage that you have, and support the political institutions that make the United States a great nation. To answer more questions, such as “Why join the SAR? Where should I start?” and Steps to become a member of the SAR, go to the National SAR website at https://www.sar.org/how-to-apply/ More details and forms are available at this site..
News & Happenings
Rich Serfass, president of the SJC SAR, had the honor of presenting the Sons of the American Revolution Navy Sea Cadet bronze medal to a cadet from the USS Battleship New Jersey Sea Cadets on the Battleship’s main deck. Dressed in a uniform that mirrored that of a...
SJC President Rich Serfass spent Monday evening visiting the Civil Air Patrol at McGuire Air Force Base. "It was my privilege to present the Sons of the American Revolution bronze citizenship medal to Cadet Tech Sgt. Clayton. It was my first time at a CAP event and I...
South Jersey Chapter, SAR participated in the South Jersey History Fair in Glendora, NJ. Thank you to the Chapter members who helped make this day enjoyable and productive: Jim Howard, Jay Eitner, Bill Dorman, Carl, Hausmann, Sam Davis, and Roger Long. Be sure to...