Joining the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution

We welcome your interest in joining the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution.

Prospective members are asked to complete two membership documents: the first being a short proposal form with basic biographical and contact information, and the second being the longer application form which includes specific ancestral information.  The longer application form is accompanied by a range of supporting documents (birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.) that provide the proof of lineal descent from an ancestor who played a role in the American Revolution.

Upon successful completion and review of the submitted application materials and supporting documents, the PSSR Admissions Committee and PSSR Board of Directors vote on election to the Society.

The PSSR Admissions, PSSR Membership Committee, and the PSSR office staff stand ready to assist prospective members in answering questions and providing assistance in completing the proposal and admission forms, as well as in gathering the necessary supporting documentation.

Prospective members are encouraged to contact the PSSR office to review the application process and to learn if any existing records in the PSSR archival files might be of assistance in completion of the forms.  The office can be reached via email at or by telephone at (215) 545-1888.

This downloadable Word file provides an overview of the PSSR membership application process.

Application Instructions

This downloadable Word file provides helpful suggestions for prospective applicants.

Suggestions to Applicant

 This downloadable Word file is the short Proposal Form that should be completed and submitted by all potential members.

Proposal for Membership

After the Admissions Committee accepts the “Proposal for Membership” the Society Office will then contact you to begin completing the application papers required for membership. Click here to download the Application for Membership form in Word format.

Application for Membership

Here is a downloadable copy of the application, in Adobe pdf format.

Qualifications for Membership:

Any male person of good character, and lineal descendant of one who, as a military, naval or marine officer, soldier, sailor, or marine, in actual service, under the authority of any of the thirteen Colonies or States or of the Continental Congress, and remaining always loyal to such authority, or a lineal descendant of one who signed the Declaration of Independence, or of one who, as a member of the Continental Congress, or of the Congress of any of the Colonies or States, or as an official appointed by or under the authority of any such legislative bodies, actually assisted in the establishment of American Independence by services rendered during the War of the Revolution, becoming thereby liable to conviction of treason against the Government of Great Britain, but remaining always loyal to the authority of the Colonies or States, or, who served honorably in a military or naval expedition against the British during the War of the Revolution under the authority of the French or Spanish Governments shall be eligible to membership in the Society. Both Senior and Junior (the latter under the age of eighteen years) memberships are available.

The Society seeks to enroll eligible males of good character with one or more ancestors who actively assisted in establishing American independence by their acts or counsel between April, 1775, when hostilities began, and April, 1783, when they ceased, in service of the military, naval or marine corps, as an official of the Continental Congress or of any of the 13 colonies.

PSSR Member Benefits:

– Opportunities to participate in the ongoing activities of the Society and to advance its ideals, which extend across a broad range of patriotic, historical, and educational outreach programs;

– Concurrent membership in the Society’s national organization, the General Society of Sons of the Revolution;

– Invitations to attend the various social functions of the Society, including the Washington’s Birthday Ball; the Annual Meeting; the Annual Church Service and reception, held in commemoration of the Continental Army’s encampment at Valley Forge; the Independence Day Luncheon and Nationwide Bell Ringing Ceremony on Independence Square; and the Musket Ball, in commemoration of the victories at Saratoga and Yorktown.

– All publications of both the Pennsylvania and the General societies, including Pennsylvania’s quarterly Newsletter and annual Proceedings and the General Society’s quarterly Drumbeat and semi-annual Flintlock and Powderhorn. Benefits to Candidates for Membership: Assistance in preparing your lineage papers, including: – professional advice on potential sources of documentation, – definitions of genealogical ‘proof’, and – verification of the service records of eligible ancestors.

Information on Obtaining Pennsylvania Birth and Death Certificates:

As of February 1, 2003, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Division of Vital Records have instituted new procedures for issuing copies of birth and death certificates to help stop identity theft.

All vital records requests now require that the appropriate application be completed and signed. Photo identification is also required. The division will no longer accept telephone requests.

The Division of Vital Records issues only certified copies of birth with a Commonwealth raised seal that are acceptable for numerous uses, such as passport, Social Security, employment, and personal identification. Each record is issued at a fee of $10.00. Those who are seeking a copy of a birth certificate must be 18 years of age and be the person named on the birth record, a legal representative, or an immediate family member.

Death certificates are available for all Pennsylvanians who are deceased since 1906 until the present, at a fee of $9.00. Those seeking a death certificate must be a legal representative of the decedent’s estate or a family member of the decedent.

For more information regarding the new process for distribution of birth and death certificates go to PA Dept. of Health.

Fees Related to Admission to Membership:

Genealogist’s Examination Fee, $100.00, to be paid when papers are submitted.

Initiation Fee for newly elected members, $100.00;
Processing Fee, $50.00

Fee for filing Supplemental Claim Papers, $50.00 each, and payable within 30 days after election.

Fees for particular cases will be quoted upon request.

Fees Related to the Maintenance of PSSR Membership:

Annual Dues, $30.00, members residing over 50 miles from City Hall, Philadelphia, PA.
Annual Dues, $50.00, members residing within 50 miles from City Hall, Philadelphia, PA.
Annual Dues, $30.00, all younger members (30 years and under).
Life Membership Fee, $1000.00.

Junior Life Membership Fee is of variable amount, depending on age, but less than $1000.00.