How do I document Revolutionary War service for ancestors from New Hampshire?

Do you need to document service for an ancestor from New Hampshire to complete a Daughters of the American Revolution or Sons of the American Revolution application?

Deb Duay’s “Sources of Revolutionary War Service“, as always needs to be your first stop. She has sources listed covering military, patriotic, and civil service.

Not finding your ancestor? Start with the area’s town historian. They are often incredible resources on local history and may know a resource you’ve missed. Check neighboring states. The closest regiment at the time may now be across a border. The family papers collection at the New Hampshire Historical Society may provide some hints.

Have more questions or still not finding what you need? Contact us.

How do I document Revolutionary War service from Vermont?

Deb Duay’s made it really easy for you! Begin with her “Sources of Revolutionary War Service.” The Vermont section is excellent and includes direct links to many of the military and civil service sources.

If you’re looking for patriotic service, be sure to review the available archival collections. The Vermont Historical Society or the Vermont State Archives may have appropriate manuscripts.

If you’re sure your ancestor served and you’re not find a record, think about the geography of their area. Are they near a state border? If so, check the neighboring state. Was it a recently settled area? Check where the settlers originated. (Hint, hint – many late 18th century arrivals in Vermont served in the Revolutionary War from Connecticut…)

Have questions? Need help? Contact Charter Oak Genealogy.

How do you document Revolutionary era service in Massachusetts?

Are you working on your Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) application while in quarantine and looking to document service for a Massachusetts ancestor?

As always, Deb Duay’s “Sources of Revolutionary War Service” is a great place to start.

If you think your ancestor might have had civil service, don’t forget to check the Massachusetts town meeting records. Many have been digitized and are available on FamilySearch. Go to the catalog, and search by location.

Where else can you look for service? The Massachusetts Historical Society has manuscript collections which might offer details of service. Remember if you use an ancestor’s personal statement, such as a letter or diary, it must be supported by a second source. The Massachusetts State Archives has Revolutionary War orderly books. Don’t forget the American Antiquarian Society’s newspaper collection, which might include sermons and other forms of patriotic service.

Questions? Contact Charter Oak Genealogy.

How do I document Revolutionary era service in New York?

Are you looking to document Revolutionary War era service for a DAR or SAR patriot from New York?

First all, realize it might be a challenge. New York City and Long Island were both occupied during the War. As a result, New Yorkers were supported the American cause were sometimes forced to swear allegiance to the British.

What does this mean for your research? Pay significant attention to the ancestor’s “last act.” An ancestor who joined the militia in early 1776 will be disqualified from being considered a DAR or SAR patriot if they later swore allegiance to the British – simply because there was no way to verify their true sentiments.

Still ready to dive in? Begin with Deb Duay’s “Sources of Revolutionary War Service”. And keep your eyes on a new project from the DAR library documenting service in British occupied areas.

Happy hunting! Questions? Contact us.

How do I document Revolutionary War service for an ancestor from Quebec?

Two societies – the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution – permit applications from prospective members whose ancestors did not live in the (now) United States, provided those ancestors demonstrated support for the American cause. This includes ancestors from Quebec, some of whom sided with the Americans during the attempted invasion of Quebec City. If your ancestor is among those individuals, be prepared to document their residence and service, as many are new ancestors.

Deb Duay has provided an index that can help you find the documentation you need to support your ancestor’s service. Alphabetical by ancestor’s last name, it includes the individual’s name, date and location of birth, residence during the War, spouse, and the source of service. Some sources can be submitted directly, while others are really indexes for which you’ll need to find the original documentation.

Be aware: it’s best to confirm the translation of any entries in French language sources about your ancestor. In at least one instance, we found that the French language record and the English translation did not agree – and that the difference would cause at least one of the societies to disallow descendants of this ancestor based on the society’s “last act” policy.

For more on French-Canadian patriots and the “Last Act” policy, see our articles on the subject in the NGS Magazine.

Questions? Contact Charter Oak Genealogy.

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 state in 1820. While town meeting records and some other local records are stored in Maine, many of the “colony wide” records – such as military files – are stored in Massachusetts. Deb Duay’s Sources of Revolutionary War Service can provide a good starting point for your research.

Happy hunting!