Where Should I Start?

The first thing to do is to determine which branch of your family tree leads you
by bloodline (not through adopted children) to a Patriot Ancestor. That means  
that you don't need to know an entire family tree, just a single line back.

Be brave!  Even though this branch of your family tree may be seven to ten
generations long and you are not sure that you have a patriot ancestor, there  are
large databases of ancestral chains and records showing links between
generations (birth certificates, wills, etc.).  Many genealogical societies, Web
sites, and lineage organizations provide assistance with family history searches.  
The SAR has many volunteer helpers to guide prospective members in their
development of a  lineage to a patriot ancestor.  In many cases a quick scan of
some of the resources on
THIS SITE or a linked site could reveal a likely  
ancestor, promising leads, or suggestions of good references in libraries near to
the prospect.

You will notice various links (on the above site) to some items that can help you
get started with your application or your research.

The SAR application requires listing your lineage and must be accompanied by
copies of the documents  that support this lineage.  This means  finding
documents linking  parents to children through  seven to nine generations or
more, so it may seem rather overwhelming.  However,  the task can be simple if
someone in your family has already done the research.  If the information is
already on file with the SAR or DAR (from an earlier application) you need not
submit it again, but can simply refer to the earlier application.

Example #1 -- In the last century many SAR and DAR members have  submitted  
documentation for lineages from their Patriot Ancestors to themselves.  If your
great- aunt or your second cousin (a person you may not know)  is or was a
member of the SAR, they have already submitted the documentation to cover    
the generations from your Patriot Ancestor to your great-grandfather.  Your New
Member Helper can look into the SAR and DAR  records to  see if we already  
have information about some of your lineage.

Example #2 -- You know your lineage only back to your great grandfather, who
lived in upstate New York.  Was he the descendant of a Patriot?  Your New
Member Helper may know where to get county biographical histories that tell the
ancestry of the citizens of that county.  Or he may know how to contact a
contract researcher in upstate New York who can get the information you need
for a modest fee.

From these examples you can see how a New Member Helper can assist you.  If
you already have all the information together and are ready to file your SAR
application your Helper can assist you through the process.   One of the
requirements for membership in the SAR is that you join a State Society (or one
of the International Societies if you reside outside the U.S.).   

For more information about joining the Sons of the American Revolution in the
Naples and Collier County area contact our Registrar Ed Lary, Naples Chapter
Most of the information on this page came from the National
Society of the Sons of the American Revolution website at:

For a usable PDF of the Application Worksheet go to the
above website. Now you will be ready to plan out your
How To Join