Idaho Society of the
"Any male shall be eligible for membership in the Society being 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 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 foreign national of, but not limited to, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland who rendered service in the cause of American Independence or as a recognized patriot who performed actual service by overt acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain, provided, however, that no person advocating the overthrow of the Government of the United States by use of force or violence shall be eligible for membership in the Society.
There shall be the following classes of members:
(1) a Regular or Regular Life Member shall be any member of the age of eighteen years and over, excepting those members described in Subsections (2) through (4) of this Paragraph, who meets all the requirements for membership as defined in this Constitution and in the Bylaws of the National Society.
(2) a Junior
Member is a male under the age of eighteen years who has met the membership
requirements of the Sons of the American Revolution. A Junior Member
(3) a Memorial Membership for a deceased male of the same family as current members, whose application has been submitted and approved in accordance with the Bylaws of the National Society."
NSSAR Handbook Edition: 2013.1, Volume I, Pages 2-3
NSSAR Bylaws do not provide for associate members. Chapters
and State Societies may have associates or friends
who attend meetings, march in parades with the color guard or generally
support the State Society and/or Chapter. However, the term members
is reserved for gentlemen whose documented lineage has been approved
by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. A chapter
or State Society shall not collect dues from an associate, but may collect
Membership: (A member age 18 or older who pays annual dues.)
Junior Membership: (a male under the age of eighteen (18) who files the appropriate lineage and is required to pay annual dues.) There are three paths for a Junior member to apply.
Establishing a New Lineage or Patriot Ancestor.
When using a lineage which has already been accepted by the Sons of
the American Revolution or Daughters of the American Revolution.
A current active member of the N.S.C.A.R. may become a Junior member
of the SAR by completing his SAR application, supplying his Birth Certificate
and a copy of his Member of Good Standing card.
Membership: Family Membership is for two or more individuals, who
have applied for membership and all have applied using the same Ancestor.
The family members must be within two generations of each other.
Memorial Membership: A male who is a deceased close relative (within two generations) of an SAR member and whose application is based on (most of) the same lineage as that SAR member. There are no dues and a portion of the application fee goes to the Society's Permanent Fund. The filing of Memorial Memberships is only available to active SAR members. The cost of a memorial membership is now $135.00 ($85.00 processing fee and $35.00 dues). The 2018 National Congress voted to lower the cost down from $420.00 to the same as a regular membership.
- 22 CAR Transfer Membership: Transferring your membership from
the Children of the American Revolution to the Sons of the American
Revolution when you are between the ages of eighteen (18) and twenty-two
Applications: A supplemental application may be filed for each additional
patriot ancestor you may have. Your original application must be approved
before you can submit supplemental applications. The process and proofs
required are the same as your original application.
Supplemental Applications: As with Regular Membership applications,
the National Society, SAR provides a break in pricing for each family
member that submits a supplemental application at the same time as the
original supplemental application. Like the family membership, the applicant
must be within two generations of the orginal applicant to qualify.
Download and complete the application and fill it out to your best abilitiy. The "Step by Step Instructions" and "Citing Sources" pdf files can be viewed and/or downloaded by clicking on their links. When you have completed as much of the application as you can, mail or email it to our Registar/New Member Helper.
After you contact the Registrar, he will create a folder for you on his secure and encrypted "Dropbox". You will be sent a link and a password that you will need to access that folder. Please upload all supporting documents to that folder. The Registrar will review those documents and prepare them for submission.
When your application is complete and finalized, the Registrar will print your application and send it to you for your signature. He will also include instructions for submitting the dues and fees associated with your application. A self-addressed legal sized large envelope will be included for you to mail the signed application and payment back to the registrar.
When your signed applications are received by the Registrar, he will assure that the payments enclosed are in the proper amounts, and that your application is signed as required. He will then prepare your supporting documents (proofs). He will then review everything, gather the necessary signatures, and submit your application and proofs to the NSSAR. It normally takes 12 weeks for an application to be approved and your national membership number to be issued.
The Online Application Process
'There is also an online application available on www.sar.org which you may use if you wish. There are still some issues with the online application which sometimes prevent it from operating properly. You may use it if you wish. Following is the process for submitting a successful online application.
1. Log Onto www.sar.org and click on the icon in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
2. Please read everything on the "Why Join SAR" page. Then, click on the "continue" link or the "Membership Process" tab.
3. Click on and read everything in the "1 - Are You Eligible?", the "2 - Find Help", and the "3 - Collect Documentation" pages before continuing to "4 - Submit Application". (Use your browser's back button to maneuver through pages 1, 2, and 3.
4. Click on the "4 - Submit Application" box. A window will pop up. Read the contents of the pop up window then click on the button. Please read the page that opens carefully. When ready, click on the red log in account found in the first sentence. (A Guide to Using the SAR Online System is available.)
5. You will be taken to the "Log In/Sign Up" page. Click on the "Sign Up" tab and fill in the "First Name", "Last Name", and "Email" boxes. You will then have to create a password. (Please create a strong password using a combination of Upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.)
6. You will be sent an email with a link to verify your account. Please respond to that email to activate your account.
7. After your account has been verified, you may log on and start preparing your application. Please follow the online instructions and read everything carefully. The Registrar and New Member Helper of the State Society you are applying for membership in will be notified when you have completed the first generation of your application. The Registrar or the New Member will then be able to help you with your application and the gathering of documents needed for proofs.
8. The Registrar will create a folder for you on his secure and encrypted "Dropbox". You will be sent a link and a password that you will need to access that folder. Please upload all supporting documents to that folder. The Registrar will review those documents and prepare them for submission.
9. When your application is complete and finalized, the Registrar will print your application and send it to you for your signature. He will also include instructions for submitting the dues and fees associated with your application. A self-addressed legal sized large envelope will be included for you to mail the signed application and payment back to the registrar.
10. When your signed applications are received by the Registrar, he will assure that the payments enclosed are in the proper amounts, and that your application is signed as required. He will then prepare your supporting documents (proofs). He will then review everything, gather the necessary signatures, and submit your application and proofs to the NSSAR. It normally takes between 10 and 12 weeks for an application to be approved and your national membership number to be issued.
Once your application is approved, you will receive a certificate of membership and a welcoming package from the Idaho Society, SAR. This process usually takes about two weeks for the mailing and preparing of your membership certificate.
& New Member Helper:
The SAR maintains a Patriot & Graves Index. It can be a valuable tool in your research. They also provide a "Revolutionary War Ancestor Search" service for $10 or $15 (depending on delivery method) for members and prospective members of the NSSAR. Also available are "Member Record Copies" and "Copies of the Documentation from a Members application". Fees are also charged for these services.
The DAR maintains a database where you may search for Ancestor, Member, or Descendants. You may also purchase "Member Record Copies" from them. If properly marked, they are acceptable as proof in your SAR application.
Fold3.com has many of the National Archives Revolutionary War records and Pension files on their site. It does require a membership fee.
Ancestry.com is another membership fee site that can be invaluable in finding documents. It also requires a membership fee.
Another site that shouldn't be overlooked is familysearch.org which is a free site. If you create a free account, you will have access to their online documents.
Archive.org has many out of copyright books. This a a great place to search for State and County histories, family histories and genealogies, and federal Revolutionary War records. This is also a free site. You may create an account if you wish, but it is not necessary.
& New Member Helper: