We've talked about military records, the Connecticut Archives, office holding, and more. Where else can you find sources of service? In one place many people think they've already checked... town meeting records. Town meeting records don't just record who was elected to hold what office. They also can include who has donated money or purchased… Continue reading Where else can I find sources of service in Connecticut records?
If so, his sermons or other activities in support of the American Revolution may be considered "qualifying service" for a Revolutionary War lineage society. A Washington Post article details such a sermon by Samuel Sherwood, the pastor of Norfield Congregational Church. Nathaniel Bartlett of Redding actually joined the Revolutionary Army as chaplain. How do you… Continue reading Was your ancestor a Connecticut minister during the American Revolution?
Does July 4th have you thinking about your Revolutionary War ancestry - and the family story that you were eligible for the DAR? Is it time to finally do something about it? Here's what you need to know to get started: If you've already researched your family tree, identify an ancestor who is likely to… Continue reading So, you want to join the Daughters of the American Revolution?
In 2020, the Daughters of the American Revolution launched the E Pluribus Unum Educational Initiative in order to increase awareness of under represented patriots, including indigenous, African American, and female patriots. Connecticut's African American patriots are currently named in some of their publications, including Forgotten Patriots. Yet, there is much more to their stories. According… Continue reading Who was Private Cuff Liberty?
To join the Colonial Dames, you have to be descended from an ancestor that fulfilled a certain role or held a certain position. For two out of the three Dames societies, the roles and positions considered to make an ancestor "eligible" depend on the ancestor's colony of residence. If your ancestor is from Nantucket, things… Continue reading Joining the Dames on an ancestor from Nantucket?
The Daughters of the American Revolution GRS System lists an unusual death entry for Benjamin Graves of Connecticut. It reads: "Death: 9-6- 1781 WOUND REC IN BATTLE." In other words, according to previous applications to the Daughters of the American Revolution, Benjamin Graves died 6 September 1781 of wounds received in battle. 6 September 1781… Continue reading Did Benjamin Graves die as a result of wounds sustained at the Battle of Groton Heights?
Most lineage societies have very specific requirements as to what documents need to be turned in for at least some generations. DAR generally requires birth, death, and marriage certificates for the applicant, parent and grandparent generations. Colonial Dames societies have similar guidelines. The General Society of Mayflower Descendants requires vital certificates or records for any… Continue reading What’s a “No Record Found” letter and why do I need one?
The Massachusetts State Archives has made the process of ordering vital records really easy. They have an excellent resource guide here. If a vital record exists, it's generally best to locate and order or otherwise obtain it. Be aware: you do not need a certified copy of a record unless you cannot locate a copy… Continue reading How do I locate birth, death, and marriage records from Massachusetts for a lineage society application?
Can the census help with my Revolutionary War lineage society application? This great question was posed at a recent program - and the answer is yes.
It's a story I hear a lot, usually from a genealogist in retirement. They're trying to organize their files and pass them down to their children. The children are telling them they do not want the papers. The reasons usually vary from family to family: lack of space, lack of interest, or something else. The… Continue reading “My kids don’t care about family history.”