Question: How do I prove my ancestor was in the Revolutionary War so I can join the DAR or the SAR?
Answer: A variation of this question shows up in our Ask an Expert mailbox on a regular basis. And with July 4th a few days away, it seems like a perfect time to answer this one!
DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution , and SAR, Sons of the American Revolution, are two lineage societies that recognize descendants of people who served or help the patriot cause during the American Revolution.
You may have examined some SAR applications in U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889–1970, or spent some time searching Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books (152 Vols.).
So if you think you do have a Revolutionary ancestor, what’s next?
I’ve never applied myself, so I consulted with a friend, Kathleen Cogbill Warr, who has helped many would-be daughters and sons in their quest for DAR or SAR membership. She gave me these useful tips:
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