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How do you document Revolutionary era service in Massachusetts?

Are you working on your Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) application while in quarantine and looking to document service for a Massachusetts ancestor?

As always, Deb Duay’s “Sources of Revolutionary War Service” is a great place to start.

If you think your ancestor might have had civil service, don’t forget to check the Massachusetts town meeting records. Many have been digitized and are available on FamilySearch. Go to the catalog, and search by location.

Where else can you look for service? The Massachusetts Historical Society has manuscript collections which might offer details of service. Remember if you use an ancestor’s personal statement, such as a letter or diary, it must be supported by a second source. The Massachusetts State Archives has Revolutionary War orderly books. Don’t forget the American Antiquarian Society’s newspaper collection, which might include sermons and other forms of patriotic service.

Questions? Contact Charter Oak Genealogy.