Posted by Ancestry Team on November 4, 2014 in Collections, Research
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With Veteran’s Day approaching, it is a good time to take a look at your tree and identify those who served. Our infographic from Fold3 gives you a handy guide to for possible birth years of veterans and what wars they might have served in.

Do you think some of your ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War? There are many collections you can look in, but pension records are a good place to start.

Pension records often contain invaluable genealogical information, including vital events that you most likely won’t find anywhere else. For the Revolutionary War, the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files contain an estimated 80,000 application files from officers and enlisted men who served in the Revolutionary War in all branches of the American military: army, navy, and marines. Even if the claim was rejected, there will still be information there.

You won’t always be this lucky, but check out this excellent summary of Thomas Martin’s children. And notice there the family “recycled” the name John for a son, after the first one died.

martin-children

That particular collection is just the beginning. Other Revolutionary War collections you should check out on Ancestry include:

Don’t forget to look at Revolutionary War Records on Fold3, including:

  • Revolutionary War Service Records. These are compiled service records for the regular soldiers of the Continental Army, and for the militia, volunteers, and others who served with them. The records are arranged under the designation “Continental Troops” or a state name, then by organization, and then alphabetically by the soldier’s surname.
  • Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783. Browse these rolls by state and name of organization (regiment, battalion, guard, company, etc.).

If you find a Revolutionary War Veteran, you may want to consider applying to the Daughters of the American Revolution or the Sons of the American Revolution.  You can find some tips to get you started in our article “Where Were Your Ancestors on July 4th, 1776?

Happy searching!

4 Comments

  1. Debbie Sheley

    What about the soldiers that fought against us in the Revolutionary War,do you have info on them? My ancestor was a Hessian soldier who chose to stay in the US after the war even though he was supposedly forfeiting a fortune in Germany that awaited him on his return home.

  2. The “Battle Years” for WW1 were 1914-1918 if you have British/Irish / Canadian / Newfoundland / Australian / New Zealand / Indian / African / French / Belgian / Russian / German / Austrian / Serbian / Bulgarian (1915-) / Turkish / Italian (1915-) / Japanese Ancestors.
    Given that some boys lied about their age and may have signed up in 1918 aged 14, WW1 veterans birth years could be as late as 1904

  3. The “Battle Years” for WW2 were 1939-1945 if you have British / Irish / Polish / Canadian / Newfoundland / Australian / New Zealand / Indian / African / French / Belgian / Soviet / Chinese / German / Austrian / Italian / Hungarian / Japanese Ancestors. (Other countries also involved from an early stage)
    Given that some boys lied about their age and may have signed up in 1945 possibly aged 16, WW2 veterans birth years could be as late as 1929.

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