We welcome any and all men who are descendants of ancestors who aided the cause of Independence during the Revolutionary war. This could be through active service in the continental and colonial forces, or through other acts supporting the cause of freedom.
Our specific criteria are:
Any man shall be eligible for membership in the Society who, 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, or of any one of the several Colonies or States; as a signer of the Declaration of Independence; or as a member of a Committee of Safety or Correspondence; or as a member of any Continental, Provincial, or Colonial Congress or Legislature; 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.
If you have an ancestor who was loyal to the revolutionary cause, DC SAR can assist you with the application process, which involves tracing your lineage and submitting an application for membership, and we'll be glad provide a volunteer "New Member Helper" to help you prove the lineage. For more information, contact DC SAR.