The Idaho Society of the
Sons of the American Revolution

           

Membership Requirements

"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
cannot vote or receive The SAR Magazine until he attains the age of eighteen years.

(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


Associates

*The 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
the actual cost of printing and mailing a Chapter or State Society newsletter.


Application Costs

Regular Membership: (A member age 18 or older who pays annual dues.)
National Society, SAR - $115.00 ($80.00 Application fee and $35.00 yearly dues).
Idaho Society, SAR - $30.00 ($10.00 Application fee and $20.00 yearly dues).
Fort Boise Chapter, SAR - $20.00 yearly dues
Teton Chapter, SAR - $20.00 yearly dues
(Membership in the Fort Boise Chapter and/or the Teton Chapter are voluntary and are not required to be a member of the Idaho Society, SAR. Membership in a State Society is necessary to have membership in the National Society, SAR.)

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.

1. Establishing a New Lineage or Patriot Ancestor.
National Society, SAR - $85.00 ($80.00 Application fee and $5.00 yearly dues).
Idaho Society, SAR - $15.00 ($10.00 Application fee and $5.00 yearly dues).
Fort Boise Chapter, SAR - $5.00 yearly dues
Teton Chapter, SAR - $5.00 yearly dues
(Membership in the Fort Boise Chapter and/or the Teton Chapter are voluntary and are discouraged since Junior members do not have voting priviledges. Junior members are welcome at and encouraged to attend Chapter meetings. Membership in a State Society is necessary to have membership in the National Society, SAR.)

2. When using a lineage which has already been accepted by the Sons of the American Revolution or Daughters of the American Revolution.
National Society, SAR - $35.00 ($30.00 Application fee and $5.00 yearly dues).
State and Chapter fees and dues are the same a #1 above.

3. 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.
National Society, SAR - $35.00 ($30.00 Application fee and $5.00 yearly dues).
State and Chapter fees and dues are the same a #1 above.

Family 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.
Originating Application - $115.00 NSSAR fees & dues & $30 - $70 Idaho State Fees & Dues and Chapter Dues.
Each Additional Family Application (Applicants over 17) - $65.00 NSSAR fees & dues & $30 - $70 Idaho State Fees & Dues and Chapter Dues.
Each Additional Family Application (Appliants under 18) - $35.00 NSSAR fees & dues & $15 Idaho State Fees and dues. (Because Junior members do not have voting priviledges, we discourage junior members from paying Chapter dues but they may do so if they wish).

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 $430.00.

18 - 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 (22).
National Society, SAR - $35.00 ($0.00 Application fee and $35.00 yearly dues).
Idaho Society, SAR - $20.00 ($0.00 Application fee and $20.00 yearly dues).
Fort Boise Chapter, SAR - $20.00 yearly dues
Teton Chapter, SAR - $20.00 yearly dues

Supplemental 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.
National Society, SAR - $60.00 (Application fee).
Idaho Society, SAR - $10.00 (Application fee).

Family 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.
Originating Application - $60.00 NSSAR fee & $10.00 Idaho Society, SAR fee.
Each Additional Family Application - $30.00 NSSAR fee & $10 Idaho Society, SAR fee.


The Process

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.

Registrar & New Member Helper:
S/Sgt. Francis L. Huntley, USMC (Ret)
3305 Oyster Bay ST
Las Vegas, NV 89117-0712
(208) 476-5783
email: frankhuntley@idahosar.org


Resources

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.


Contact Us

Secretary
Matt Brechwald
5485 East Deer Flat Road
Kuna, ID 83634-1413
email: secretary@idahosar.org

Registrar & New Member Helper:
S/Sgt. Francis L. Huntley, USMC (Ret)
3305 Oyster Bay ST
Las Vegas, NV 89117-0712
(208) 476-5783
email: frankhuntley@idahosar.org