Select from the following list or scroll down at will
 Return to Home
 Our Goals and Purposes
 Ancestral Service
   But What if I am Black (African-American)?
   But What if I am Hispanic?
   But What if my Family Recently Came from Europe?
 The Application Form
 Candidate Membership
 Genealogy 101
 Resources for Family History
 The Application Process
 The Ladies Auxiliary
 Contact the Registrar

Our Goals and Purposes

We welcome new members and thank you for your interest in our organization.  Our goals fall into three primary areas: Historical, Patriotic, and Educational. The following has been excerpted from the National Society web site.

HISTORICAL

  • We commemorate and provide memorials for the people and events of the American Revolution. 
  • We help preserve records relating to the events leading up to and during the American Revolution. 
  • We support research and presentations (books, articles, and talks) related to the history and people of the period 1750-1800. 
    • The national SAR Magazine publishes authoritative descriptions of historical events in a quality magazine of archival value. 

PATRIOTIC

  • We inspire the community with the principles on which our nation was founded. 
    • Many chapters and states have color guards that wear Revolutionary War uniforms and participate in civic and patriotic events and observances. 
  • We maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom. In 1994 the NSSAR formed a Task Force to Preserve U. S. History to help focus public attention on profound problems in some proposed national standards for teaching pre-college U. S. History. 
  • We help carry out the promises expressed in the Preamble to the Constitution. 
  • We provide recognition for public service. The state societies and chapters of the NSSAR present thousands of awards each year to law enforcement officers, public safety officers, and other citizens who exemplify the best civic traditions of our nation. This includes young men and women who are leaders in our communities: high-ranking high school students of history, Eagle Scouts, JROTC and ROTC cadets and midshipmen. 
  • We honor, respect, and support veterans, especially those confined to residential and hospital facilities provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. 
 

EDUCATIONAL

  • We sponsor contests -- essay and oration -- for high school students, based on historical and patriotic themes. 
  • We inform the community about the events and philosophical bases of the American Revolution and the Constitution. Color Guards in Revolutionary War uniforms participate in civic events and patriotic celebrations throughout the United States, providing pageantry, drama and a sense of the nation's history. Important events and persons of the Revolutionary period are portrayed for students and the public at large. 
  • The SAR Magazine provides a public record of the activities of the society and has numerous articles detailing the history of the initial and continuing struggle for independence. 
  • We help people locate and evaluate genealogical records. Our state and chapter registrars have excellent resources, and the NSSAR library is a major national repository of genealogical information. 
Your Registrar's goal is to help you get in, not to keep you out.  [top]

Ancestral Service

Generally either military or government service under the Colonies from April 19, 1775 to November 26, 1783, inclusive, by your ancestor, will qualify you for membership in the SAR. Additionally, certain "pre-war" service is acceptable, such as participation in the Battle of Point Pleasant (October 1774), the Boston Tea Party (December 1773), and others too numerous to list here. Certain civilian services, such as supplying provisions, manufacturing war materiel, or membership on Committees would also be acceptable. Women certainly can be qualifying ancestors. If there is any doubt about an ancestor's service, we will be glad to help clarify your eligibility.  Note that only direct (blood line) ancestors are acceptable. [top]

But What if I am Black (African-American)?

The first American killed in the demonstrations that led up to the Revolution was Black (Crispus Attucks).   Rhode Island raised a whole regiment of Black soldiers.  A good reference is the recently published American Patriots: The story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm by Gail Buckley.  Proving the service and line of descent might be difficult.  But more and more materials on Black genealogy are being published. [top]

But What if I am Hispanic?

Spain was an ally during the Revolutionary War and provided financial,  material and military assistance.  If you can trace your ancestry to a soldier who served in the American sector in the Spanish Army you may be eligible to join.  In our Historical Articles web page we give lists, by presidio or naval installation of many such soldiers.  Check these out. [top]

But What if my Family Recently Came From Europe?

Both Spain and France were allies and provided soldiers who served in the American sector.  And part of what is now Germany was allied with France.  The famous Deuxponts Regiment actually comprised mainly German soldiers from Zweibruecken, Germany.  Individual soldiers came from various countries: Sweden, Russia, Poland.  If you can prove a descent from any of these you may be eligible. Indeed, there are S.A.R. chapters in France.[top]

The Application Form

Go to the national SAR web site (link given below) and follow the links to SAR forms and the applicant worksheets.  There are two versions: one in RTF that most word processors can accept, and one in TXT that note pad or any text editor can accept. Whether or not you ever apply to be member, these set the goals for your efforts for documentation and correctness of the lineage.  There are also some helpful "how-to" pages there. The Chapter Registrar will fill out the formal application on the proper archival paper for submission to the State and National Societies from your printed output. [top]

 http://www.sar.org

Candidate Membership

The South Coast Chapter offers a candidate class of membership. For $15 per year you will receive the chapter newsletter, be able to participate in chapter activities such as the Color Guard and generally become acquainted with the Chapter and allow us to become acquainted with you. Please consider this - it keeps you touch with us and provides you with some motivation to join as a full member as quickly as you can. Candidates and their guests are always welcome at our chapter meetings.[top]
 
 

Genealogy 101

Step One in any family history research project is to contact all your family members who might possibly be of help. But treat them gently!  Tell them your goal and ask them for information, a little at a time.  And thank them profusely for their help.

But, what are acceptable proofs?

Official copies of birth or baptismal records showing the names of parents should be submitted wherever possible. When birth or baptismal records are not available, a combination of the following may be substituted therefore: photocopies of actual census records, land records that mention relations, marriage records which show parentage, wills, probate court records (or other court records in which relationships are mentioned, such as land dispute or divorce matters), church records or Bible records (include a copy of the title page).

Family histories and genealogies may be accepted as evidence. If the family history or genealogy was authored by the applicant or a member of his immediate family, copies of the sources used for the compilation must be furnished.

You may rely on the application of an SAR or DAR relative to gain membership, but you should be aware that many older applications may have been based on proofs that do not meet modern genealogical criteria, so you may be asked to provide additional documentation.  And some of the previously accepted lines are erroneous.

The record of the service of your Patriot Ancestor should be as complete as possible. Dates of birth and death are especially important. Indicate all sources of information regarding military or civil service, with photocopies of each document relied on for the information.

Never, NEVER, use a highlighter! This darkens with age and obscures the underlying information. And such copies can not reliably be copied again. To emphasize specific information on a page underline it neatly with a colored pencil.

Last but not least, don't give up because some information is questionable, or because you seem to have run out of places to look for information or documents. Check with your registrar for guidance over the rough spots [top]

Resources for Family History

We list local libraries on the separate web page (link given below).  Most public libraries have their collections cataloged on the web.  You can verify their hours and holdings from home before traveling there. You can purchase a CD with the complete catalog of the LDS Family History Library and check their available holdings at home. Remember, though, documentation consists of paper, not web sites. When you make copies make enough for your use and for submission with your application.  We also give a small selection of genealogical web sites for your browsing.[top]

South Coast Genealogy Libraries

Some Genealogy Web sites

The Application Process

Once you have filled out the worksheet with information from your genealogical research, it should be reviewed with the Chapter Registrar to identify possible problems in processing the application, and to advise or assist you with them.

When the worksheet appears acceptable, the Chapter will prepare the formal application for submission to the National Society.

When your formal application is ready for submission to the State and National Societies, three checks will be needed. The Registrar will advise of the payees and the amounts. We must have these before the final application can be submitted. Reduced fees apply to sons, grandsons, brothers, nephews and grand-nephews of a member of SAR, DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) or SR (Sons of the Revolution), if under 25, and to CAR (Children of the American Revolution) members under age 22, with the ORIGINAL transfer card.

Once accepted as a member, annual National, State and Chapter dues thereafter total fifty-eight dollars ($58.00) payable by 1 December. There is a life membership provision.

The way the SAR is organized, there are no "members-at-large", which means that all members must be associated with a Chapter. However, for our more mobile members, transfer of a Chapter membership is a simple process, and we also have dual membership status for those who move but like to maintain contact with friends they've made.  [top]

Ladies Auxiliary

Ladies Auxiliary Membership in the Ladies Auxiliary is open to wives, widows, mothers, daughters and sisters of SAR members. There is no lineage requirement. While it operates independently, the Auxiliary formulates their activities to further the goals of the SAR. They encourage membership in the SAR, raise funds for SAR programs as well as their own, and promote Sorority amongst their members.

Annual dues are five dollars ($5.00), and the CASSAR Auxiliary meets twice a year in November and April, in conjunction with statewide SAR meetings. In June, at the NSSAR Annual Congress, Auxiliary members nationwide undertake joint activities.

Need more information or have questions, please send us a note. Clicking here will take you to our contact information page. Contact the Registrar.

Updated 1 April 2005[top]