Firelands Bicentennial Chapter

           Ohio Society, Sons Of The American Revolution (OHSSAR)
Serving Erie, Huron and Lorain Counties


We work hard to bring members into our chapter.  We have members as far away as Georgia.  Don't be frustrated if this takes time but is a lot faster than the pre-Internet methods! The process of filling out an SAR application can be as easy as proving that you are the son of a DAR mother or an SAR father, or it can be as complex as proving your way back through eight or nine generations to your patriot ancestor who's service you must prove.

While the generations and their proofs are listed separately on your application the really important documents are those that link one generation to the next.  So your birth certificate will link you (generation 1) to your parents (generation 2). When we have a complete form each generation needs a proof that links it to the next; from you to your ancestor patriot.  Since the linking proofs are most important some applications may initially have very little information about that generation.  For example:
John Doe    Born: ABT 1860    OH
Mary Born: ABT 1865    OH

So while we have relatively little information about John and Mary Doe, as long as we can link them to the generation before and after them it is acceptable. Acceptable proofs include most all government records; census, a will, administrative files, etc. They also include books that have quoted sources or were from the time. And, we can use record copies from the SAR and the DAR database.

Usually we can get back to the 1930 census with modern birth, death and marriage documents. Then as long as we are on a male line we can use census documents back to 1850 (prior to that they are not accepted). Before the 1850 generation we can sometimes use either an SAR or DAR record copy. The DAR record copies list all of the children of the patriot and their spouses.

Proofs that do not work are emails from relatives or unsourced genealogy trees or books.

Future generations will depend on your record copy (approved copy of your application) as being factual.  That is why the National Society has put in place a set of rules as to what is needed.

Ted Zajac, Jr
Chapter Genealogist

What is the SAR?
The SAR is a historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit, 501(c)3, corporation that seeks to maintain and extend:
  • An appreciation for true patriotism
  • A respect for our national symbols
  • The value of American citizenship
  • The unifying force of e pluribus unum that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people.
We have used the acronym SAR to identify ourselves for over 100 years. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the men who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906.

What is the membership like?

Today the SAR consists of 28,000 members in over 500 chapters in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.  Almost 165,000 descendants of the men and women who were Patriots of the American Revolution have been admitted since our founding.  SAR members include:

  • 16 presidents of the United States
  • Brigadier, Lieutenant and five star generals,
  • Presidents of several colleges and universities,
  • Ambassadors,
  • 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, including Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia and the current actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.  SAR members have received the highest awards America can bestow, including the Medal of Honor.

Who can join?
The SAR is a "lineage" society. This means that each 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.

What does it cost?
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Where should I start?
There are three options:
  • Click HERE to go to the Contact link and get answers to any questions you have.  We'll get back with you quickly.
  • Click HERE to go the links page and check on the variety of sources listed there.
  • Click HERE to go to the National SAR Page.