- Request a free lookup of Revolutionary-era ancestors in the DAR Patriot Index, a three-volume set with facts on 100,000-plus people, on the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Web site.
- Revolutionary War veterans’ pension files are digitized on HeritageQuest Online, available free through many public libraries. (For pension files longer than 10 pages, this collection contains just the genealogically significant documents.)
- In Footnote’s Revolutionary Era Collection, you’ll find the full pension files, plus Revolutionary War muster rolls and service records. You’ll need a subscription to access those, but many historical documents here are free, including Constitutional Convention records and George Washington’s correspondence.
- Many veterans of the Revolutionary War (and the War of 1812) received government compensation in the form of land. Bounty land warrant records are on microfilm at the National Archives and Records Administration, the Family History Library and some public libraries. You also can find them on the subscription site Ancestry.com.
Many of these warrants awarded land in what’s now Kentucky and Ohio; the Kentucky Land Office made its records free online.
- Check out these genealogy and history Web sites, too:
Archiving Early America
(Documents and maps from 18th-century America)
GenealogyGems Fourth of July Podcast
(A special episode filled with historic speeches and nostalgic patriotic tunes)
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