Operation Ancestor Search is a free genealogy program offered to injured, ill or wounded service members in military hospitals, veterans hospitals and armed forces and veteran retirement homes across the country. A program of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, it is operated by local affiliate chapters and our program partners. Operation Ancestor Search helps service members, veterans, their families and their caregivers discover their roots and better understand themselves through family history.
OAS began in 2009 at the original Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a program of the District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution to support the injured service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. The program became a tremendous success and popularity among the wounded warriors and caregivers became quickly apparent. Soon thereafter, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution adopted the program and with the support of Ancestry.com, OAS began expanding to other locations across the country. Today, OAS operates at 15 locations across the country. Since 2009, OAS volunteers have proudly assisted thousands of armed service members and veterans discover their family history.