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Captain William Barron Chapter
Tyler, Texas

Sons of the American Revolution
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution?

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was organized April 30,1889, and was incorporated on January 17, 1890, in Connecticut and later chartered by Act of Congress of the United States of America on June 9, 1906. By virtue of the authority granted the National Society by its Constitution and the charter issued by the Congress of the United States, charters are issued to the State Societies of the various States and territories. Each State Society is empowered to issue charters to chapters within the boundaries thereof. The affairs of the National Society are administered by the Board of National Trustees, composed of the General Officers, all living Past Presidents General, one Trustee from each State Society, and any member of the Executive Committee not included above. The National Headquarters is located in Louisville, Kentucky. Currently there are the 50 State Societies including the District of Columbia and there are also societies in France, The United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Mexico and Switzerland. The current membership is approximately 25,000 members.

What is the purpose of the SAR?

The purposes of this Society are declared to be patriotic, historical, and educational, and shall include those intended or designed to perpetuate the memory of those who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people; to unite and promote fellowship among their descendants, to inspire them and the community at large with a more profound reverence for the principles of the government founded by our fathers; to encourage historical research in relation to the 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 and of the Revolutionary period; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and defend 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.

Who is eligible for membership?

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, or 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.

Can I research National SAR Lineage Records?

The National SAR has published a CD ROM entitled "The SAR Patriot Index." It is an index to all patriots used for SAR membership applications and supplemental applications. It compliments the information in the DAR Patriot Index book nicely.

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