Genealogy Friday: How Do I Find My Revolutionary Ancestors?

Our revolutionary ancestors are those that served in the American Revolution.  But, where can I find their records?


  1. Fold 3—has the Revolutionary War Rolls {but many are missing}
    Revolutionary War
  2.—also has the Revolutionary War Rolls {1775-1783}
  3. DAR–The Daughters of the American Revolution has a genealogy site open to the public. Also indexed Revolutionary War records are now being posted.
  4. Local Genealogical or State Libraries—both my local genealogical library and state library have microfilm of Revolutionary War soldiers for North Carolina, South Carolina and parts of Georgia. My library also has the books of the compiled service records.  {These may be easier to find in the original 13 colonies than other state archives and libraries.}
  5. National Archives—if all else fails, check with the national archives to see if they have any records.
  6. County Histories—many county histories provides information on service, especially if the ancestor was a founding member of the area
  7. Family histories—family histories will provide information on Revolutionary War heroes

Where have you found records for your Revolutionary War ancestor?


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