Researching ancestors who fought in the American Revolution? Ancestry.com has made its collection of Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications free through July 7.
The collection has 145,000 applications for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) lineage society, based in Louisville, Ky., that were approved between 1889 and Dec. 31, 1970.
Applications contains pedigrees and supporting genealogy information that the applicant used to prove a relationship to an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence between 1775 and 1783. The supporting information could include church records, Revolutionary War pension documents, court records, deeds and more.
You can search for anyone named in an application—the applicant, the Patriot, or anyone who links the two. You also could search for a SAR member number.
Note that the database doesn’t contain data on every man who fought in the American Revolution—only on those named in SAR applications approved from 1889 to 1970.
Click here to search Ancestry.com’s SAR membership applications. You’ll need to register for a free Ancestry.com account to view records.