SAR Genealogy Assistants
SAR Genealogy Assistants are those members of the SAR who offer more "hands-on" help than New Member Helpers. SAR Genealogy Assistants take an active role in researching and compiling SAR applications for new members, who may have limited or no experience in genealogical research or in preparing an application for a lineage society. The degree to which an SAR Genealogy Assistant can assist a potential new member will vary based on the specific needs of the potential new member.
Genealogy Assistants are scattered throughout the country. Not every state has a Genealogy Assistant. Genealogy Assistants may have expertise conducting genealogical research in a particular geographic area, or among a specific ethnic or religious group.
Potential new members may wish to consider the expertise of the Genealogy Assistant and should contact the Genealogy Assistant nearest them. Regardless of his primary expertise, SAR Genealogy Assistants should be able to help most potential new members.
Genealogy Assistants should act within the following guidelines:
- Genealogy Assistants may not charge for their help to new SAR applicants. Their service is given for the good of the SAR. Professional genealogical researchers may be SAR Genealogy Assistants, but they must distinguish between the fee based services they offer, and the services they render voluntarily as an SAR Genealogy Assistant.
- When SAR Genealogy Assistants conduct research for potential new members, they may incur costs, such as the fees for vital records, photocopying, and postage. SAR Genealogy Assistants may request from potential new members reimbursement of these costs, and should let the new members know beforehand that such costs will need to be reimbursed.
- Genealogy Assistants are encouraged to work with the appropriate Chapter or State Society where the new member lives, and with which the new member will be associated. Genealogy Assistants should contact the new member's local Chapter as soon as they start working with a potential new member, and let the local Chapter know what's going on.
- Genealogy Assistants are not precluded from signing as the first-line sponsor on the applications they prepare, but they must recognize that it is not always appropriate for them to do so. There may be cases where an applicant has a friend or relative in the SAR whom he wants as his first-line sponsor. The Genealogy Assistant should respect this, and help the new member any way he can for the good of the SAR. In those cases where the new member does not have a first-line sponsor, the Genealogy Assistant should offer to sign the potential new member's application as the first-line sponsor.
- Genealogy Assistants should be familiar with SAR genealogical standards, policies, and procedures. Genealogy Assistants should also be familiar with the types of SAR memberships available (Regular, Junior, Life).
- The assistance of an SAR Genealogy Assistant does not guarantee the approval of an SAR application. Certainly, we all hope that applications prepared with such assistance will move through the approval process more smoothly, but there can be no guarantee of this.
The following compatriots of the SAR have volunteered to work as Genealogy Assistants:
Robert H. Rodgers, CG, Vermont
Contact: rrodgersuvm [dot] edu
Warren M. Alter, Arizona
Expertise: United States
Contact: warrenaltercox [dot] net
Expertise: Colonial Louisiana
15131 Championship Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810-0342
Email: clifford [dot] normandatt [dot] net
Marston Watson, California
Expertise: New England and California
Email: mwatsonroyalancestry [dot] org
Robert B. Fish, Jr.
Doug Little, Florida
Expertise: United States
Contact: wdlittlegmail [dot] com
Peter T. Baron, Texas
Expertise: Northern Neck of Virginia, Texas/New Spain
Contact: ptbaronhotmail [dot] com
Christopher T. Smithson, Maryland
Contact: ctsmithsongmail [dot] com