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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Revolutionary War Genealogy Research

Brent Morgan has graciously contributed the following information:

Tools for Researching Your Revolutionary War Veteran

Revolutionary War Research - A Selected Bibliography

The Microfilms

M860 General Index to Compiled Military Service Records of Revolutionary War Soldiers. 58 Rolls, RG (Record Group) 93. DP. (This indicates that the National Archives has published a Descriptive Pamphlet on this. DPs are available free from NARA.  DPs are also online). You may be able to find your Patriot through

M881 Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War. RG 93. DP available. 1096 Rolls. Items bookmarked as to source.

M879. Naval. Index to Compiled Service Records of American Naval Personnel. 1 Roll. DP.  RG 93.

M880 Compiled Service Records of American Naval Personnel and Members of the Departments of the Quartermaster General and the Commissary General of Military Stores Who Served During the Revolutionary War. RG 93. DP. 4 Rolls.

M804. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900.  2670 Rolls. RG 15. DP. Alphabetical order. Letters written to the pension bureau and the bureau's reply. Most help from a genealogical point.
M805. Selected Records Revolutionary War Pensions.     


White, Virgil D., abstractor, Genealogical abstracts of Revolutionary War pension files / National Historical Publishing Company, Waynesboro, IN. 1990-1992

White, Virgil D., transcriber, Index to Revolutionary War service records Four volumes. National Historical Publishing Company. Waynesboro, TN. 1995.

Schweitzer, George. Revolutionary War Genealogy. A good how to book with an extensive bibliography. Knoxville, TN. The Author. 1987.

Index of Revolutionary War pension applications in the National Archives.
AKA Hoyt's Index. National Genealogical Society, 1976. .

Dagner, Deidre, Bible, family & marriage records gleaned from pension applications / originally compiled & published by Helen M. Lu, Gwen B. Neumann. Dallas, TX. 1980.

The DAR Patriot Index. Daughters of the American Revolution. The Society. Washington, D. C. 2003
Taylor, Maureen and David Allen Lambert The Last Muster, KSU Press, 2010.

SAR Patriot Index - Edition III Progeny Publishing, Buffalo, New York.   CD format.

The Internet  good online source. Complete set Rev War pension files. Number one recommendation.  Daughters of the American Revolution. Request a free patriot lookup. A response will be emailed.  New GRS system is great.  The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Patriot Graves database online.  You can print the form to order a record copy.  Children of the American Revolution  The National Archives of the United States.  Southern campaign.  Transcribed pension files. American Revolutionary War Soldiers and Their Descendants.  The Global Gazetteer of the American Revolution.

Heritage Quest Online. Revolutionary War pension files and bounty land applications. Ancestry can be searched at home or at a library. The Library of Congress Website. Library of Congress is the creator of NUCMC.  Type in "Revolutionary War" and it will bring up over 500 hits. George Washington Papers include his expense account. Spy letters of the American Revolution. Clements Library. Women in the American Revolution.
Capt. Barbara A. Wilson, USAF, retired. The David Library of the American Revolution. Washington Crossing, PA.   Extensive holdings.   Numerous links.  The Library of Virginia.  Extensive online stuff. The Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.  NEHGS (HISGEN) New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Great if you have New England ancestry.

The following link is for a mail list where you can ask questions.
1776-L@rootsweb/com Send email to subscribe with  adding-L or –D (Digest mode) before the  @. EBay. View and bid on Books, maps, miniatures, artifacts, etc..  Colored Patriots of the American Revolution by William C. Nell.  Funded by NEH.

BBC website with the British viewpoint.

Brent Morgan  9091 Pantego Lane Mechanicville, VA 23116 (804) 550-3039

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