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Did Benjamin Graves die at the Battle of Groton Heights?

I have an update to this 2021 post... Died at Groton Heights?               Descendants of Benjamin Graves, baptized in 1734 in East Haddam, Connecticut, have long claimed he died from wounds received in battle at the Battle of Groton Heights.[1] Yet, he is not included among those listed as killed and wounded.[2] Where and when… Continue reading Did Benjamin Graves die at the Battle of Groton Heights?

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What’s the Hulks Act – and why did it matter to my Revolutionary ancestor?

The British government didn't only transport prisoners to Australia - they also sent prisoners to what was to become the United States in colonial period, particularly to Maryland and Virginia. The American Revolution closed off that option. In May 1776, the British government created another option: prisoners could be placed on ships. This act, commonly… Continue reading What’s the Hulks Act – and why did it matter to my Revolutionary ancestor?

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Can I use my Revolutionary War ancestor’s military headstone as “proof” of their service?

The white marble military headstone is a powerful symbol of service and sacrifice. However, it doesn't date to the period of the American Revolution. The marble headstone came into being in 1873, as a way to mark the graves of the dead of the Civil War. As noted by the National Cemetery Administration, it was… Continue reading Can I use my Revolutionary War ancestor’s military headstone as “proof” of their service?

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My ancestor supposedly loaned money to the Continental government. How do I find evidence?

An ancestor who loaned money to the Continental government during the American Revolution would be considered to have "patriotic service" by the Sons of the American Revolution or the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Daughters of the American Revolution has begun digitizing records of the loans made from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.… Continue reading My ancestor supposedly loaned money to the Continental government. How do I find evidence?

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How do I document a new Revolutionary War ancestor?

If you're interested in joining a Revolutionary War lineage society, it's recommended that you use an ancestor already on file. However, with the exception of the Society of the Cincinnati, the recommendation is not a requirement. Most Revolutionary War lineage societies allow you to add new ancestors - provided that the ancestor meets their requirements.… Continue reading How do I document a new Revolutionary War ancestor?

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Do I need to have documents translated for my lineage society application?

As you're preparing a lineage society application, you may discover some of your ancestor's records are written in a non-English language. Because of the settlement patterns of the United States in the 18th and 19th century, French, German, and Spanish commonly appear in records. That usually raises a question: do I need to have these… Continue reading Do I need to have documents translated for my lineage society application?

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Can I use my family’s genealogy for a lineage society application?

There's a published history of your family. It traces your family back to a lineage society qualifying ancestor. Can you use it for the application? The short answer: maybe. Here are the questions you need to answer: Is it a published source or a written report? Yes, families do pass down pedigree charts (ie. family… Continue reading Can I use my family’s genealogy for a lineage society application?

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Family Bibles: a valuable source for a lineage society application

Many families become extremely difficult to trace in the early 1800s. Migration routes were opening across the United States. New European settlements may have kept land records, but they often didn't have the resources to keep civil registration or easily store church records. Many of the records we would typically use to document birth, death,… Continue reading Family Bibles: a valuable source for a lineage society application

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Can I use the census in my application?

The release of the 1950 census has genealogists digging back into their census research. If you're in the midst of preparing a lineage society application, you're probably wondering if you can use a census enumeration as supporting documentation. The short answer: maybe. Here's what you need to know: Not every society accepts the use of… Continue reading Can I use the census in my application?