life so dear, or peace so sweet,
as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God! ...
I know not what course others may take; but for me,
give me liberty, or give me death!"
Any man shall be eligible for membership in this Society who: being of the age of eighteen years or over and 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; or 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.
The applicant must also be personally acceptable to the Society. Family tradition in regard to the services of an ancestor will not be considered. No preliminary decision will be given on a line of descent, service or evidentiary value of proposed evidence. (When examined with all available evidence, such preliminary decision might prove to be incorrect and the National Society cannot accept responsibility for such a decision.)
Genealogy Research Resources in the Central California Area. For additional genealogy research information see the Genealogy section on the "Links" page below.
Please contact any of the Monterey Bay Chapter SAR officers by clicking on "Contact Us" below to obtain further details about becoming a member of our chapter.
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