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I’m researching a patriot of color in Connecticut. Should I check militia records?

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?

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A Revolutionary War spy in Connecticut?

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?

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The Oliver Cromwell – A Connecticut Revolutionary War Source of Service

When we talk about someone having "military" and "patriotic" service in the American Revolution, we generally mean that the individual provided support for the American cause by supporting the American Army. But that wasn't the only option. Shoreline communities, such as Saybrook in Connecticut Colony, supported the cause by building ships. The Oliver Cromwell was… Continue reading The Oliver Cromwell – A Connecticut Revolutionary War Source of Service

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Did Connecticut issue bounty land for Revolutionary War service?

Enjoy a final great question from our inaugural "Tracing Connecticut Revolutionary War 'patriots'" program. First of all, what's bounty land? This finding aid from NARA offers a great brief description. In short, bounty land was a right to "public" land (owned by the state or federal government). It was issued to Revolutionary War veterans as… Continue reading Did Connecticut issue bounty land for Revolutionary War service?

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Did Connecticut pay state Revolutionary War pensions?

Another great question from our Revolutionary War program! While some states - most notably Virginia - paid state level pensions to increase participation in the American Revolution, Connecticut did not. If your ancestor were to receive a pension for his military service from Connecticut during the American Revolution, it was paid by the federal government.… Continue reading Did Connecticut pay state Revolutionary War pensions?

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Did Connecticut pay supply taxes during the American Revolution? And did paying them qualify my ancestor for DAR or SAR?

Thanks to all who attended our Revolutionary War program this past Wednesday. We received some great follow up questions after the program and wanted to share the answers here. While some colonies (now states) had taxes that were gathered specifically in support of the War, Connecticut did not. Instead, towns gathered taxes for the running… Continue reading Did Connecticut pay supply taxes during the American Revolution? And did paying them qualify my ancestor for DAR or SAR?

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DAR’s updated DNA policy: what does it mean for you?

The Daughters of the American Revolution recently announced that they will begin accepting autosomal and mitochrondrial DNA. See https://www.dar.org/national-society/genealogy/dna-and-dar-applications and https://blog.dar.org/dar-begins-accepting-autosomal-dna for details. What does it mean for you? If you can document your entire line back to a qualifying ancestor "on paper," little to nothing will change. DAR will continue to verify applications in… Continue reading DAR’s updated DNA policy: what does it mean for you?

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Researching Revolutionary Service in France

The American Revolution wasn't just fought in the boundaries of the modern United States. It was truly fought around the world. The Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution recognize that fact by allowing membership based on ancestor's support of the American cause, no matter where they were located. That includes France. How did France… Continue reading Researching Revolutionary Service in France

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Researching African American patriots

African American "patriots" - the term used by the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution to describe individuals who supported the American cause during the American Revolution - are underrepresented among the verified DAR and SAR ancestors. Why? Many African American patriots served as Continental line soldiers, as opposed to… Continue reading Researching African American patriots

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Common DAR and SAR questions: Does the ancestor need to have my last name?

This questions come up enough to surprise me: do your Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution ancestors need to share your last name? There's a simple answer: no. While choosing a qualifying ancestor with your last name is a great way to honor your heritage, you can choose any ancestor… Continue reading Common DAR and SAR questions: Does the ancestor need to have my last name?