In addition to the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Daughters of the American Revolution classifies three types of Revolutionary War "service": military, civil, and patriotic. Clients often wonder how I know they've assigned the wrong service to their ancestor. There are actually profiles of the "typical" ancestor with each kind of service. If… Continue reading Profiles of Service: What role did my ancestor play in the American Revolution?
It's often forgotten today, but in 1775 and 1776, most American colonists didn't start out with the goal of gaining independence. They wanted concessions from Britain about how the colonies were run. When they didn't get them, many moved towards declaring independence. For others, it was just too far. "Loyalist" is a term used to… Continue reading Was my Connecticut ancestor a Loyalist?
The Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution have a policy often referred to as the "Last Act" policy. In brief summary, that policy says that your ancestor's ability to be considered "qualifying" for either DAR or SAR is based on their documented last act - and that to qualify,… Continue reading My ancestor has been red lined because of the “Last Act” policy. How do I get their status updated?
The lineage society application process can feel overwhelming. However, if you have siblings joining together, there are ways to save time and money. If you're joining the same society, at the same time, ask about family plans. Some societies offer discounted application fees for multiple family members submit together. If you're joining the same local… Continue reading My siblings and I all want to join lineage societies. Are there ways to save time and money?
You're applying to the Colonial Dames, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the American Revolution or another lineage society... You'd like to hire a professional genealogist to help with the application - but you're a little worried. Will they always be able to help? If that's your concern, there are a few… Continue reading Are there times when a professional genealogist won’t be able to help with my lineage society application?
Yes, the fact that Grandma belonged the Colonial Dames may allow you to be considered a legacy candidate when you do your own membership - provided you're applying to the same Colonial Dames. This issue comes up far more frequently than one would expect. There are three societies who are sometimes referred to as the… Continue reading Grandma belonged to the Colonial Dames?
Whether you're interested in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of the Cincinnati or the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, a professional genealogist can help make your application process much easier. Here are 5 reasons to consider hiring a professional genealogist to help with gathering your documents: They know what's required. Do… Continue reading 5 reasons to hire a professional genealogist to help with gathering the documents for your lineage society application
Has your ancestor been "red lined" by the Sons of the American Revolution or the Daughters of the American Revolution? Most people have two questions when it happens: what will it do to my application, and why did it happen? The first is straight forward. While the line can no longer be used for new… Continue reading 4 common reasons why your ancestor is no longer considered qualifying by the Sons of the American Revolution or Daughters of the American Revolution
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?