American Revolutionary War Records

   Someone recently asked the following question:  I was told that an ancestor of mine served in the American Revolutionary War.  How can I confirm this?

   There are a few online databases that our library subscribes to that have records that might confirm whether or not your ancestor served in the American Revolutionary War.  Below are the three databases I would recommend checking.

Heritage Quest                                                                                                    

Available records:

Revolutionary War Era Pensions

Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files              

Ancestry.com

    To limit your search in Ancestry to just Revolutionary War records, try doing a keyword search for Revolutionary War in the Ancestry catalog.  Here are some of the records they have that might be of interest:

U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls

U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Application, 1889-1970.

American Revolutionary War Rejected Pensions

 Fold 3

   In this database I recommend narrowing your search by going to their American Revolutionary War Archives.  Some of the pertinent records included in the collection are the following:

Revolutionary War pensions

Service records

You can get free access to Heritage Quest and Fold 3 by going through our database links and typing in your library card barcode number when prompted.  The library edition of Ancestry.com can be used for free, but only when accessed within our library building.

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One Response to American Revolutionary War Records

  1. Pramod says:

    I’ve used both Heritage Quest, Ancestry and Family Serach to find census redrocs. Each index is different. If you can’t find what you’re looking for after searching one of these indexes, try another index. They may have transcribed your ancestor better than the prior index.Regards, Jim

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