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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.

Who Can Join?

Any man of age eighteen (18) years or over, who is a lineal descendant of an ancestor who supported the war for American independence is eligible for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution. These ancestors are referred to as Revolutionary War Patriots and include those persons who fought in the military and/or militia, who provided supplies to the American cause, who served on political bodies supporting the Revolution, who signed oaths of support and similar acts.

Where Do I Start?

Your hunt begins with finding your patriot ancestor and ends with submitting your lineage back to that ancestor, as well as proof of your lineage as part of an official SAR application. Contact the John Hancock Chapter for assitance in beginning your membership. You can also read more at the national SAR website.

For Local Help - Contact the John Hancock Chapter!

You can reach the John Hancock Chapter president, Daniel Haas via email here.

John Hancock

updated 11/09/10
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