July 6, 2012 E-zine: Revolutionary Links

In honor of this week’s Independence Day celebrations I am focusing on history and genealogy sites having to do with the Revolutionary War.


  • On July 4th CNN posted an article titled “Where to find exceptional Americawhich provided a brief vacation travelogue of places Americans really ought to visit to get a feel for what makes America exceptional. I know our non-American friends might take exception to the fact that we think we’re exceptional, but feel free to tell us why your country is exceptional and the places we should visit to prove it and I might add them to my Bucket List, and as a consequence, my prayer list for the Lord to provide the funds to make that happen. (There are more than just Revolutionary War historical themes in this article link but I suspect a bit extra U.S. History study wouldn’t hurt any of us.)
  • Here is an interesting piece about the author’s pick of who he considers “The Top Five Forgotten Founders.” I suppose that if you are descended from one of these men this could also go under the heading of Genealogy Research, but it isn’t likely that any of my readers is so we’ll put it here for the sake of general historical interest. Speaking of interest, Mr. Kidd links to at least one book about each of the five. Be sure to read through the comments because they tell who the readers think should be on this list!


  • I’m not sure how recent this article on Genealogy.com concerning “Revolutionary War Military Recordsis but the tips are fairly timeless. Yes, even if your ancestor was a Quaker he could have worked for the cause. Scroll down and you will see a few suggestions  under MORE TIPS for finding information concerning clergy, German, British, Loyalist, and Quaker records during this time period.
  • Going to the Daughters of the American Revolution Library? Now that Continental Congress is over for the year the facilities should be open again. Not to toot my own horn, but I wrote a piece two years ago about preparing ahead of time for your visit. If I ever make it back there, and I feel sure that I will, I intend to take my own advice.
  • Not going to the DAR Library but interested in utilizing some of the databases from home? Can do! Once you’ve reached the place where ONLINE LIBRARY CATALOG appears in the left sidebar scroll down one place to ONLINE RESEARCH and click on GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH SYSTEM. There you will see tabs at the top where you can search by “Ancestor” (Know the name of one of your ancestors who served? See if another of his/her descendants has already joined.); “Member” (Do you have a close relative who has joined? You can search for her ancestor information but you must know her membership number.); “Descendants” (You can check to see if anyone joined through one of your lines. This is really helpful if you can only trace your line back so far because you might find information to take your family tree further back.); “GRC” and “Library Catalog” are mentioned in my previous link; “Resources” is just that: links to further research (I could spend weeks going through them all!); and finally, “Record Copy” (Did you find a match to a DAR member? Buy a copy of her application!)
  • This site “Revolutionary War Soldiers Genealogy” has multiple databases including OFFICERS WHO TOOK OATH OF ALLEGIANCE AT VALLEY FORGE, 1778 to WOMEN OF THE REVOLUTION.  It also includes a chronological record of all the military battles of the war. (I could list it under HISTORY AND BACKGROUND because it would be right at home there, too.)


  •  Do you have British ancestry like I do?  But in all honesty even though two of my British lines came to the USA many years after the war, and therefore might descend from soldiers who fought on the side of the British, I have not been able to take those lines back far enough to know. But if your British ancestor was in the military at about that time you may want to check “Revolutionary War British Units” for a list of the regiments that fought here. Scroll down further to see a list of the German, Loyalist, Native American, and Civilian units, too.
  • We have a National Archives. They have a National Archives. Find helpful information under the RECORDS tab.
  • Okay, they have another Archive! Some of the colonists who left America once it was determined that their sympathies lay with the British moved to New Brunswick. The “On-line Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies has helpful information for researching these individuals in the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.
  • The British offered the colonists’ slaves freedom if they would revolt against the revolters. “Black Loyalist contains information concerning those who left New York between April and November 1783 and whose names are recorded in THE BOOK OF NEGROES.

About pitman6

I love genealogy! I also love helping others trace their genealogy. I am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, and a volunteer researcher with the Hamilton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.
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2 Responses to July 6, 2012 E-zine: Revolutionary Links

  1. Nancy says:

    I love your blog’s name. Welcome to GeneaBloggers!

  2. drbillshares says:

    Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill 😉
    Author of “13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories” and family saga novels:
    “Back to the Homeplace” and “The Homeplace Revisited”
    The Heritage Tourist at In-Depth Genealogist: http://www.indepthgenealogist.com/

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