Do your US roots run all the way back to the American Revolution? This Independence Day, research your Revolutionary War ancestors using these resources:
- Revolutionary War Websites:15 websites where you can learn more about the struggle for US independence and research your Revolutionary War ancestors.
- Black Loyalists: Our History, Our People: As many as 30 000 American slaves took advantage of Britain’s promise of freedom to slaves who joined the British troops. As the war ended, many moved to Canada with other Loyalists.
- Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR): This organization has a research library in Washington, DC, and a free online database where you can search for Patriot ancestors named in DAR members’ applications to join the organization. Read our blog post about this database.
- Online Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies: About 35,000 loyalist troops and civilians (colonists who remained loyal to Britain during the war) arrived in Nova Scotia in the first year after the war.
- Sons of the American Revolution: This lineage society with a research library in Louisville, Ky., is for males who are descended from a Revolutionary War Patriot.
- Search Revolutionary War Records on Footnote: Footnote’s subscription early American collection includes Revolutionary War pension records, service records and more. (Footnote is making all its Revolutionary War records free July 1-7.)
- Search Revolutionary War records on Ancestry.com: Subscription site Ancestry.com’s collection includes Revolutionary War Rolls, Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books, officers’ records and more.
Need help researching your Colonial and Revolutionary War ancestors? Check out these resources from Family Tree Shop:
- The Everything American Revolution Book by Daniel P. Murphy, Ph.D
- Virginia’s Colonial Soldiers by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck