Sunday, March 25, 2007

by Myra Vanderpool Gormley

Tracing Patriot Ancestors: "If your ancestors lived in America in 1775, you may descend from a Revolutionary War veteran. About 250,000 men, out of a population of about 2.7 million in the Colonies, fought on the American side.

The Revolution generated volumes of records, many of which included detailed genealogical information on the veterans, their wives, and their dependents. Fortunately, many of the records survived. Most of them are in the National Archives, in Washington, D.C.; the archives of states that composed the original 13 Colonies; and university and private archives in those states. There are also in the archives of a few other states, in city and county agencies, and in French archives.

One kind of record that may provide detailed information on your Revolutionary War ancestor is the pension application. To deter desertion and resignation during the war, the government promised to provide pensions after the war. (The states also awarded pensions.)

There were three types: Disability, or invalid, pensions went to servicemen for injuries sustained in the line of duty; service pensions, to veterans who served specified time periods; and widows� pensions, to women whose husbands were killed in war." . . . .

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American Genealogy Magazine, published from 1987 to 1999, brought family historians a wealth of information through its insightful 'how-to' articles by nationally recognized writers. From the first in-depth study of the mysterious Black Dutch to the publication of 'lost' military pensions, and on-site research at Salt Lake City's noted Family History Library, Datatrace Systems continues to emerge as an invaluable source to genealogists.

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