If you have a Revolutionary War-era Patriot ancestor, applications for the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) lineage society are a great research resource.
These applications are worth a search even if you don’t know of a Patriot in your family tree, because they name other ancestors who link SAR applicants to Patriots. You may find an ancestor or collateral relative among one of those names.
Through July 4, you can search SAR applications dating from 1889 to 1970 free on Ancestry.com. (After you hit Search, youll be prompted to set up a free account to view your results.) The collection includes 145,000 applications.
Click here to start your search (then select the Free Access Weekend logo on the right).