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?
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?
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?
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
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?
"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”?
For a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, documenting a female patriot can offer a special satisfaction. Not only are you putting a new ancestor on file, but you are documenting one whose history is little covered. What sources can help you complete her line? Due to coverture, it can be extremely difficult… Continue reading What sources are available to document service for a female patriot from Connecticut?
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?
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?
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?