Sons of the American Revolution
Redwood Empire Chapter
I hope there is a sufficient number of SAR materials to acquaint and assist you in qualifying to become a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. We will always be available to help answer any questions. Within our chapter we have an "assisting registrar" who knows all the procedures for qualifying your membership documents.
Fill out "Application for Membership" and qualify each "direct-line" relation with proof: birth/death/marriage certificates (even family bibles), census extracts, military records, etc. There is about a 3-stage process for authenticating and qualifying-
Chapter Registrar's Approval, CASSAR (Ca State Society) approval,
NASSAR (National Society) approval - which takes ~ 3 months.
National Membership Application can be downloaded at this link
The Biographical Questionnaire helps us know you better, and make Chapter decisions to best use your talents/experiences in the plan.
The Redwood Empire Chapter membership flyer provides a quick glance at what the Purpose and Objectives of the National Society and local chapters are:
The following information of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) presented as abstracts of the National Society. Our local chapter is a California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (CASSAR). We are chartered as the "Redwood Empire Chapter" of the SAR: members reside primarily in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Solano and Marin Counties.
Purpose and Objective
The objectives of this Society are declared to be patriotic, historical, educational and shall include those intended or designed to perpetuate the memory of those who, by their services during the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people; to unite and promote fellowship among principles of the government founded by our forefathers; to encourage historical research in relation to American Revolution; to acquire and preserve the records of the individual services of the patriots of the war as well as documents, relics, and landmarks; to mark the scenes of the Revolution by appropriate memorials; to celebrate the anniversaries of the prominent events of the war ad of the Revolutionary War period; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom and to carry out the purposes expressed in the preamble of the Constitution of our country and the injunctions of Washington in his farewell address to the American people.
Qualifications for Membership
Any man shall be eligible for membership in this Society who, being of the age of 18 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 service in, the cause of American Independence, either as an officer, soldier, seaman, marine, militiaman, or minute man, in the armed forces of the Continental Congress, or 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 by overt acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain.
Application for membership is made on standard forms furnished by the Sate Societies. These forms call for the place and date of birth and death of the Revolutionary ancestor and the names and dates of birth, of marriage and of death of ancestors of intervening generations. Starting with your own birth certificate, or equivilent record, documentary proof or reference to published material must be supplied to connect each generation with the proceeding generation back to the Patriot Ancestor.
Every application becomes a member of the National Society through affiliation with the State Society that he elects to join.
The National Society is now composed of fifty State Societies and Societies in the District of Columbia and France, with active membership of over twenty-five thousand, and constantly increasing.
S.A.R. is non-sectarian, non-political and non-secret.
I encourage you in your efforts to become a member of this National Society that honors your family's contributions in our Nation's founding and continuing preservation.