Colonial Genealogy Resources

By Shelley K. Bishop Premium

Whether your Colonial ancestors threw tea into the Boston Harbor or quietly contributed to America’s growth and independence, their story is woven into the fabric of the birth of our nation and needs to be shared. Discover some of the best Colonial genealogy resources available online so you can learn more about your early American ancestors.


Ancestry: “Connecticut Revolutionary War Military Lists, 1775–1783
Connecticut State Library Revolutionary War Resources


Delaware Public Archives: Guide to Revolutionary War Records
FamilySearch: Delaware Signers of the Oath of Allegiance by Eleanor Cooch (Daughters of the American Revolution)
Fold3: “Final Payment Vouchers—Delaware


Ancestry: “Land Grants to Georgia Revolutionary War Veterans
Ancestry: “Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia
Fold3: “Final Payment Vouchers—Georgia


Ancestry: “Maryland Revolutionary Records
Maryland State Archives: 1783 Assessment of Tax 1783 (by county)
Maryland State Archives: “Revolutionary War Research in Maryland


Ancestry: “Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War
FamilySearch: “Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775–1783
Honor Roll of Massachusetts Patriots Heretofore Unknown by Bell Draper (Daughters of the American Revolution), digitized by the Allen County Public Library


Ancestry: “New Jersey, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1643–1890
New Jersey State Library: “Official Register of the Officers and Men in the Revolutionary War

NEW YORK “New York in the Revolution as Colony and State
Fold3: “Final Payment Vouchers Index for Military Pensions, 1818–1864


Ancestry: “Inhabitants of New Hampshire, 1776
FamilySearch: “New Hampshire Revolutionary War Records, 1675–1835
New Hampshire State Archives: New Hampshire State Papers (use Index; volumes 14–17 and 30 cover the Revolutionary War)


Ancestry: “North Carolina, Revolutionary War Soldiers, 1776–1783
Ancestry: “North Carolina Taxpayers, 1701–1786
FamilySearch: “North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers, 1779–1782


Fold3: Pennsylvania Archives
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission: Revolutionary War Records Overview
Pennsylvania State Archives: “Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File


Ancestry: “The Rhode Island 1777 Military Census
New Horizons Genealogy: 1820 Pension List


Ancestry: “Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution
South Carolina Department of Archives and History: South Carolina Sources for the American Revolutionary War guide


Ancestry: “Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution
Virginia Memory: Revolutionary War bounty warrants, rejected claims and state pensions (select R)
Fold3: “Virginia Half Pay Pension Application Files

A version of this article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of Family Tree Magazine.