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Did Benjamin Graves die as a result of wounds sustained at the Battle of Groton Heights?

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?

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What’s a “No Record Found” letter and why do I need one?

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?

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How do I locate birth, death, and marriage records from Massachusetts for a lineage society application?

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?

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What’s “Connecticut Men in the Revolution”?

"Connecticut Men in the Revolution" is the shorthand used by many lineage society researchers for a publication authorized by the State of Connecticut in 1889 entitled The Record of Connecticut Men in the Military and Naval Service during the War of the Revolution. A derivative source, it draws from a number of original sources, including:… Continue reading What’s “Connecticut Men in the Revolution”?

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What sources are available to document service for a female patriot from Connecticut?

For a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, documenting a female patriot can offer a special satisfaction. Not only are you putting a new ancestor on file, but you are documenting one whose history is little covered. What sources can help you complete her line? Due to coverture, it can be extremely difficult… Continue reading What sources are available to document service for a female patriot from Connecticut?

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How reliable are lineage society application databases?

From the GRS system of the Daughters of the American Revolution to the recent collaboration of FamilySearch, American Ancestors, and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, many of the American lineage societies are placing the details of older applications online. In some cases, it is just a transcription or image of the application; others include… Continue reading How reliable are lineage society application databases?

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What’s a “real daughter”?

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”?