Lineage societies sometimes seem to speak their own language - and the Daughters of the American Revolution are no exception. Members are often referred to as daughters. So what's a "real daughter"? A real daughter is exactly what you'd expect. A real daughter is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution who was… Continue reading What’s a “real daughter”?
In order to furnish the Continental Army with supplies, the 1780 Massachusetts legislature passed a tax specifically designed to provide beef. This tax was allowed to be paid in either money or in cattle. Because this was a payment of tax specifically in support of the Revolutionary cause, it can be considered qualifying service for… Continue reading What was the 1780 beef tax?
Many Connecticut towns and organizations required a public statement of support for the cause. The statements, issued in the form of an oath, were considered binding. Even better for the Revolutionary cause, they had public relations value. After you'd just sworn in front of the entire town to support the cause, public pressure was likely… Continue reading Did my Connecticut ancestor swear allegiance to the Revolutionary cause?
The simple answer: yes. It seems to have been more common for patriots of color to serve on the Continental Line. Due to longer enlistments, the financial benefit of joining the Continental Line was greater. A Continental soldier could have an enlistment bounty in addition to his regular pay. Enslaved soldiers may have been promised… Continue reading I’m researching a patriot of color in Connecticut. Should I check militia records?
If your family has a story of an ancestor serving as a spy in Revolutionary War Connecticut, there is a source that can help you learn more. Mark Allen Baker's Spies of Revolutionary Connecticut: From Benedict Arnold to Nathan Hale was published by the History Press in 2014. The text starts by outlining the basics… Continue reading A Revolutionary War spy in Connecticut?
When a Revolutionary War veteran died, the heirs were eligible to claim the pension's last payment. In order to do so, they generally had to provide support of the veteran's date of death and their connection to him. This could come from statements from the local probate court, civil registration, and more. Because the final… Continue reading New resource goes online: Fold3 has begun digitizing the final pension payment vouchers
"How do I order the vital records for my application?" is one of the most commonly asked questions in lineage society research. Here's what you need to know for Connecticut records: There are limitations on access. Anyone can purchase a copy of a death or marriage certificate, although certain information may be blacked out. Birth… Continue reading I need vital records from Connecticut for a lineage society application. How do I start?
We've all seen them in our research - the beautifully compiled 19th century family history that includes profiles of prominent people in the community. They list our ancestor's parents, grandparents, and more. Can we use them as a source for a lineage society application? Not alone. There are a few questions we need to ask… Continue reading Can I use a county history for a lineage society application?
You know you qualify for the DAR, the Mayflower Society, or another lineage society and have always wanted to join - even though you never seem to get there. Is one of your resolutions to make this the year? Here's how to get started. (We're assuming you know your qualifying ancestor or a family member… Continue reading New Year’s Resolution to finally do that lineage society application?
After a crazy year, many of us want to start 2021 with a clean slate. That means sorting through and discarding papers. If you've had a lineage society application verified in 2020, you can discard some of your paperwork but not all. Here's a list of what you should keep (and why): A copy of… Continue reading My application has been verified. What documents do I need to keep?