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 a:

  • Soldier
  • Seaman
  • Marine
  • Militiaman or Minuteman
  • in the armed forces of the Continental Congress or of any one of the several Colonies or States
  • as a signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • as a member of a Committee of Safety or Correspondence
  • as a member of any Continental, Provincial or Colonial congress or legislature
  • 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.

For further membership information contact the State Registrar.


Today the SAR consists of 26,000 members in over 470 chapters in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Almost 150,000 descendants of men and women Patriots have been admitted since our founding.

SAR members include fifteen presidents of the United States, Brigadier, Lieutenant and five star generals, presidents of several colleges and universities, ambassadors, and members of the Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. Congress. Members include small businessmen, doctors, lawyers, school teachers, CPAs, elected local, state, and federal officials, and government employees, all of whom have a deep affection for America its heritage and institutions. SAR members answered their country's call in every major American conflict beginning with the battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 up to the present.

SAR members have received the highest awards America can bestow, including the Medal of Honor