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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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Did my Connecticut ancestor swear allegiance to the Revolutionary cause?

Many Connecticut towns and organizations required a public statement of support for the cause. The statements, issued in the form of an oath, were considered binding. Even better for the Revolutionary cause, they had public relations value. After you'd just sworn in front of the entire town to support the cause, public pressure was likely… Continue reading Did my Connecticut ancestor swear allegiance to the Revolutionary cause?

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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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Ever dreamed of finding a secret stash of your family’s papers?

If your ancestor was a member of a lineage society, that dream may be more real than you've imagined. While it's not the case for every society, many store the applications and supporting documents of members - sometimes back to the society's founding. Those older documents can be a true goldmine, containing family records that… Continue reading Ever dreamed of finding a secret stash of your family’s papers?

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Family Samplers: An unusual resource – and one you can still make

When we talk about supporting documentation, we generally think about documents - things on paper. But "documentation" can include fabric too! Family samplers, a form of needlepoint with information on the family structure and vital records events, can also provide evidence of birth, death, marriage and relationships. According to the Smithsonian, the first known example… Continue reading Family Samplers: An unusual resource – and one you can still make

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Land Records: An Underused Source in Lineage Society Applications

No birth certificate, no will. How do you document the relationship between parent and child to meet the standards of a lineage society, such as the Daughters of the American Revolution? For many families, land records can help fill in the gaps. You may not have had enough money to require a will nor the… Continue reading Land Records: An Underused Source in Lineage Society Applications

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Avoid Common Lineage Society Mistakes: Know What Documents You’ll Need to Provide

Family trees? Ancestry ThruLines? A family genealogy? Lineage societies have rules about records you can and cannot submit as supporting documentation. Knowing what those rules are can save you significant time and frustration. Check with your specific society before proceeding, but here are a few general rules. If a vital record (birth, death or marriage… Continue reading Avoid Common Lineage Society Mistakes: Know What Documents You’ll Need to Provide

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How do I document Revolutionary era service for ancestors from Maine?

Do you need to document service for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Society of the Cincinnati, or another lineage society covering the Revolutionary War era? If your ancestor was from Maine, there's one important factor you need to consider: Maine was not its own colony! Maine was a part of Massachusetts until becoming a… Continue reading How do I document Revolutionary era service for ancestors from Maine?

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How do I find Revolutionary War service for an ancestor from Connecticut?

Documenting a new ancestor can be one of the more challenging - but also most fascinating - parts of completing a lineage society application. Many societies prefer that you use an ancestor who is already on file for ease of review. However, most will allow you to add someone if you do not have an… Continue reading How do I find Revolutionary War service for an ancestor from Connecticut?