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?
It's often forgotten today, but in 1775 and 1776, most American colonists didn't start out with the goal of gaining independence. They wanted concessions from Britain about how the colonies were run. When they didn't get them, many moved towards declaring independence. For others, it was just too far. "Loyalist" is a term used to… Continue reading Was my Connecticut ancestor a Loyalist?
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?
When a Revolutionary War veteran died, the heirs were eligible to claim the pension's last payment. In order to do so, they generally had to provide support of the veteran's date of death and their connection to him. This could come from statements from the local probate court, civil registration, and more. Because the final… Continue reading New resource goes online: Fold3 has begun digitizing the final pension payment vouchers
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
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… Continue reading How do I document Revolutionary War service for ancestors from New Hampshire?
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… Continue reading How do I document Revolutionary War service from Vermont?
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… Continue reading How do you document Revolutionary era service in Massachusetts?
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… Continue reading How do I document Revolutionary era service in New York?
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… Continue reading How do I document Revolutionary War service for an ancestor from Quebec?