Membership & SVSAR Associates
WHO CAN JOIN?

There are two types of participation in the SVSAR, SAR Patriot Membership and becoming an Associate of the SVSAR.

Associate participation in the SVSAR is available to any man of eighteen years or over, who supports the SVSAR Mission Statement, the SVSAR
Pledge and the SVSAR Recessional.  You do not need to have a Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor to be an SVSAR Associate.  SVSAR
Associates receive solely chapter benefits.

The remaining discussion in this section focuses on the requirements and benefits related to Compatriot Membership.

Patriot Membership in the Sons of the American Revolution is available to any man of eighteen years or over, who is a lineal descendant of an
ancestor who supported the war for American Independence.  These ancestors are referred to as Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestors 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, and who signed oaths of support and similar acts.  

A Lineage Society
The SAR is a "lineage" society.  This means that each Compatriot 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.

Do You Have A Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor?
If you already know that you have such an ancestor, then you may want to continue on to our "Why Join" page or even go straight to our "Where
to Start" page.

If you aren't sure whether any of your ancestors lived in the United States during the Revolution, don't lose heart.  Many people who never set foot
in the United States supported the American colonists struggle against British domination – for example, the king of Spain.  Many patriots (or their
descendants moved to foreign lands and their descendants moved back later, not knowing their ancestors were here before.  Many French,
German, and Spanish soldiers and sailors fought in support of American independence and returned home without making their descendants aware
of their participation in gaining American independence.

Suppose You Don't?
Even if you do not identify an ancestor who participated in the struggle for American Independence you can still have hours of fun searching for
information on your ancestors.  Getting involved in your genealogy usually produces interesting family stories and an improved appreciation for the
problems and opportunities that your ancestors had to deal with.  While the lack of a documented Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor will prevent
you from joining the SAR as a Compatriot Member, you are still able to join as an SVSAR Associate.
WHY JOIN?

As in any organization, you get out as much as or more than you put into it.  We are an organization of people who make good things happen.

  • What can compare to the thrill of hearing a young child at a parade saying "There goes George Washington!" when he sees your SVSAR
    Color Guard marching by with their flags flying?
  • How do you measure the value of reading essays in the Knight Historical Essay Contest and then hearing the winner read the essay at a
    meeting?
  • What about participating in an Eagle Scout award ceremony and giving him an award representing the best wishes for continued success
    from several hundred members of your state society?
  • What about making parents and cadets proud by presenting a JROTC or ROTC award?
  • Wouldn't you be proud to help build a fine national library dedicated to providing comprehensive documentation and analysis of the thoughts
    and deeds that played critical roles in the founding of our nation?
  • Would you like to praise some people in your community for civic contributions for which they have never received public
    acknowledgement?

You can help make the dream of our patriot ancestors a reality by joining and participating in our programs to sustain the system of representative
government and participatory democracy that they fought with words and weapons to create.  For more information, please read the "To help
Preserve a Precious Heritage" brochure by clicking on the following link.  You will need Adobe Reader to open the file, and to read and print the
brochures.  
NSSAR - Form 0911 - To Help Preserve a Precious Heritage (Revised 1999-09)

While you can give and get significantly more from the SVSAR than the basic costs and benefits of membership, we list them here because they
are where most of us start
.

INITIATION BENEFITS - COMPATRIOT MEMBERS

National:  Review, registration, and archival storage of lineage and documentation; membership certificate

State:  New member welcome letter.

Chapter:  Membership insignia (rosette).

ANNUAL BENEFITS - COMPATRIOT MEMBERS

National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR)

  • Access the NSSAR Website
  • Receive four issues of The SAR Magazine
  • Participate in the District Meetings, Trustee meetings, and the Annual Congresses

State:  Several newsletters, opportunities to participate in several state events

  • Access the CASSAR Website
  • Access, view and download four issues of The California Compatriot newsletter
  • Participate in the Spring Annual Meetings and the Fall Managers' Meetings

Chapter:  Opportunities to participate in chapter activities.  Members are encouraged to participate in a number of activities:

  • Access to the SVSAR Website
  • Participate in Chapter Meetings
  • Recommend good people for awards, help present the awards
  • Encourage youth to enter contests, sponsor their awards
  • Help with an activity, join a committee, become an officer
  • Obtain information on patriot graves, mark a gravesite
  • Learn about local historical markers, tell your friends
  • Volunteer to talk at a local school or civic association
  • Join or support a color guard with Revolutionary War uniforms
  • Support local historical research, get it published or posted on the Web
  • Fly the flag of our nation correctly, often at your home
WHERE TO START?


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, Websites, and lineage organizations provide assistance with family history searches.  The SVSAR has many SVSAR Representatives to
guide prospective members in their development of a lineage to a Revolutionary War 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 to the right various links 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 Revolutionary War 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 Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor to your great-grandfather.  Your
SVSAR Representative 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
Revolutionary War Patriot?  Your SVSAR Representative 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 SVSAR Representative can assist you.  If you already have all the information together and are ready to
file your SAR application your SVSAR Representative can assist you through the process.  One of the requirements for membership in the SAR is
that you join the California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (CASSAR).  For more information, please read the "CASSAR Do You
Have a Revolutionary Patriot in Your Family?" brochure by clicking on the following link.  You will need Adobe Reader to open the file, and to read
and print the brochure.  
CASSAR - Form - Do You Have a Revolutionary Patriot in Your Family
WHAT IS THE COST?

Cost for Compatriot Membership
New Compatriots – Annual Dues and Initial Application Fees:
2016 ANNUAL DUES for New Compatriots
 
NSSAR Initial period dues
$35.00
CASSAR Initial period dues
$20.00
SVSAR Initial period dues
$17.00
2016 INITIAL APPLICATION FEES for New Compatriots
 
NSSAR Application Fee
$80.00
CASSAR Application Fee
$0.00
SVSAR Application Fee for an Existing Patriot
$25.00
SVSAR Application Fee for a New Patriot
$50.00
Total Initial Application Fees
$177.00 to $202.00
Existing Compatriots – Annual Dues and Supplemental Application Fees:
2016 ANNUAL DUES for Existing Compatriots
 
NSSAR Annual Dues
$35.00
CASSAR Annual Dues
$20.00
SVSAR Annual Dues
$17.00
Total Subsequent Year Annual Dues
$72.00
2016 SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION FEES for Existing Compatriots
 
NSSAR Supplemental Application Fee
$60.00
CASSAR Supplemental Application Fee
$10.00
SVSAR Supplemental Application Fee
$10.00
Total Supplemental Application Fees
$80.00
Cost for Associate participation in the SVSAR

Any man of eighteen years or over, who supports the NSSAR Constitution and Bylaws, the CASSAR Bylaws, and the SVSAR Bylaws,
Mission Statement, Pledge and Recessional.
2016 ANNUAL DUES for Associates
 
SVSAR Annual Dues
$22.00
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

Application Process for Associate participation in the SVSAR

1)  Contact the Silicon Valley Chapter Registrar (see "About the SVSAR" for contact information) or click on the red button "Contact Us", complete
the form with any questions or comments about the SVSAR, and click on the "submit" button.  A SVSAR Representative will contact you.  The
SVSAR does not restrict membership based on race, color, religion, national origin, or nation of citizenship or residency.  You do not need to have
a Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor to become an SVSAR Associate.  For more information, please read the "Requirements for Membership and
for Applications" brochure by clicking on the following link.  You will need Adobe Reader to open the file, and to read and print the brochure.  
NSSAR - Form 0910 - Requirements for Membership and for Applications (Revised 2005-11)

2)  If you want to become an SVSAR Associate of the SVSAR, then you must have two SVSAR Compatriot Members recommend you as an
SVSAR Associate, and pay the Associate dues listed on the bottom of the "About Us" web page.  Completing these two requirements establishes
you as an SVSAR Associate.

3)  Share the pleasure of your induction ceremony with your family and friends.

4)  Attend all chapter meetings.

5)  Volunteer to serve in the recognition of our citizens, patriots and youth.


Application Process for Compatriot Membership

1)  If you want to become a Compatriot Member of the SVSAR, then you must first become an Associate Member, and wait until your NSSAR
Application is approved.  Once your NSSAR Application is approved, you must have two SVSAR Compatriot Members recommend you for a
Compatriot Membership, and pay the Compatriot Membership dues and fees listed on the bottom of the "About Us" web page.  Completing these
three requirements establishes you as a Compatriot Member.  The remaining steps describes the process for gaining approval of your NSSAR
Application.  For more information, please read the "Preparation of Application Requirements" brochure by clicking on the following link.  You will
need Adobe Reader to open the file, and to read and print the brochure.  
NSSAR - Form 0912 - Preparation of Application Requirements (Revised
2003-10)

2)  Once your Associate Membership dues have been received, your SVSAR Representative will contact you for more information about your
Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor.  Collect and organize your documentation tracing your lineage back to your Revolutionary War Patriot
Ancestor.  Prepare the NSSAR Application Worksheet.  Send your documentation, a copy of your birth certificate and the completed NSSAR
Application Worksheet to your SVSAR Representative.  For more information, please view the "NSSAR Application Worksheet" by clicking on the
following link.  You will need Adobe Reader to open the file, and to view and print the worksheet.  
NSSAR - Worksheet - Application

3)  Your SVSAR Representative will conduct a search to determine your eligibility based upon the Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor(s) you have
named.  If one or more may be known, multiple searches may be conducted.

4)  If your Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor is confirmed, then your SVSAR Representative will provide you with the search results, and
instructions for the final NSSAR Application.  If your Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor is not confirmed, then your SVSAR Representative will
work with you to try to establish your ancestor as a Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor.

5)  Your SVSAR Representative will help you with the preparation of the final NSSAR Application.  Send the completed final NSSAR Application to
your SVSAR Representative with copies of all primary and secondary source information supporting your lineage back to your Revolutionary War
Patriot Ancestor.  Copies will not be returned, and all materials received become the property of the SVSAR.  Sorry, but referenced materials
obtained online are not currently accepted.  When submitting copies of published historical text, please include a copy of the title page, and copies
the pages where your ancestor(s) are referenced.  Marriage (and its documentation) for the several generations going back to the Revolutionary
War Patriot Ancestor may be required.  Legitimacy in any generation is not a requirement.  Descendants of plural marriages are not excluded from
SVSAR membership.  Bloodline descent, legitimate or illegitimate, from a Revolutionary Way Patriot Ancestor is required and must be documented.

6)  You may be able to save a great deal of effort if you can identify a parent or relative that was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution
(SAR), Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) or Children of the American Revolution (CAR).  "Record Copies" of the original, approved
applications of those parents or relatives can be obtained from the National Offices of the above organizations.  These approved applications may
be accepted for the purpose of establishing your own lineage, which does not preclude the need for a copy of your own birth certificate.  Please
advise us of your need for Request Forms, as the above organizations will not forward Record Copies unless the proper form and fees are
received.  For more information, please view the "NSSAR Copy Request Form" by clicking on the following link.  You will need Adobe Reader to
open the file, and to view and print the form.  
NSSAR - Form - Copy Request

7)  Wait.  The approval process normally takes 8 to 12 weeks. You will be notified by your SVSAR Representative if additional documentation is
needed at either the State or National level.

8)  Share the pleasure of your induction ceremony with your family and friends.

9)  Attend chapter meetings.

10)  Volunteer to serve in the recognition of our citizens, patriots and youth.
2016 LIFE MEMBERSHIP FEES for Compatriots
 
All ages - based upon age. National life membership required prior to
California and chapter life membership
inquire with
chapter
Registrar
   
   
Any Compatriot Member may purchase a Life Membership.
Silicon Valley Chapter
Sons of the American Revolution