Lineage Society

Is it possible to honor an Indigenous ancestor through lineage society membership?

The short answer: yes! Historically, racism has limited the number of Indigenous ancestors documented by lineage societies. That is beginning to change. The Daughters of the American Revolution has made a concerted effort to document new patriots of all backgrounds. The society now offers a "Patriots of Color" database that provides resources to identify service… Continue reading Is it possible to honor an Indigenous ancestor through lineage society membership?

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Why isn’t my Revolutionary War ancestor already on file?

The Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution maintain records of many of those who served in the American Revolution. This can include images of family Bibles, vital records, pensions and more. Yet, some ancestors aren't listed. Why? The files held by DAR and SAR were created when someone joined… Continue reading Why isn’t my Revolutionary War ancestor already on file?

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My ancestor served in the American Revolution. What lineage societies might my family be able to join?

Women's Societies: Daughters of the American Revolution (https://www.dar.org/): From “Who We Are” - The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.Open to women 18 and over. Members must be… Continue reading My ancestor served in the American Revolution. What lineage societies might my family be able to join?

Lineage Society, Sources of Service

Profiles of Service: What role did my ancestor play in the American Revolution?

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?

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Are there times when a professional genealogist won’t be able to help with my lineage society application?

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?

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4 common reasons why your ancestor is no longer considered qualifying by the Sons of the American Revolution or Daughters of the American Revolution

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

Lineage Society, Sources of Service

Where else can I find sources of service in Connecticut records?

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?

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So, you want to join the Daughters of the American Revolution?

Does July 4th have you thinking about your Revolutionary War ancestry - and the family story that you were eligible for the DAR? Is it time to finally do something about it? Here's what you need to know to get started: If you've already researched your family tree, identify an ancestor who is likely to… Continue reading So, you want to join the Daughters of the American Revolution?

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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?

Lineage Society, Sources of Service

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”?