Qualifications for Membership

National Society of The Sons of the American Revolution

Any man shall be eligible for membership in this Society Who, being of the age of eighteen years or over and a citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to, and rendered active service in , the cause of American independence, either as an officer, soldier, seaman, marine, militiaman or Minuteman, in the armed forces of the Continental Congress, of any one of the several Colonies or States; or as a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, or as a member of a Committee of Safety or Correspondence; or as a member of any Continental, Provincial, or Colonial Congress or Legislature; or as a recognized patriot who performed actual service by overt acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain. The applicant must also be personally acceptable to the Society.

Family tradition in regard to the services of an ancestor will not be considered.

No preliminary decision will be given on a line of descent, service or evidentiary value of proposed evidence. (When examined with all available evidence, such preliminary decision might prove to be incorrect and the National Society cannot accept responsibility for such a decision.)

You don't have to be a resident of the Piedmont area of Virginia to join our SAR chapter. Our chapter registrar will assist you in making out your application no matter where you live or where your Revolutionary War soldier fought or lived. After applying and obtaining national membership through our chapter we will, if you desire, assist you in transferring to a local SAR chapter in your area of residence. You may retain an associate membership with our chapter after you transfer for only $10 dues per year. We have many out-of-state members and you will receive a monthly newsletter from us no matter where you live.

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