Free Sites for Searching Revolutionary War Ancestors #usa


Jan Meisels Allen
 

The following are several free websites for searching Revolutionary War
Ancestors:

Valley Forge Legacy -Muster Roll Project http://valleyforgemusterroll.org
The Continental Army used monthly muster rolls to track the army's strength.
Each entry provides name, rank, state, regiment, company, and ethnicity, if
noted for each soldier. >from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778. One can
search be entering at least the first two letters of a surname. The search
can be limited by state or regiment.

Kentucky Revolutionary War Warrants Database
http://apps.sos.ky.gov/land/military/revwar/
Each entry provides the warrant number, name, rank, regiment, number of
years served, date of application, number of acres awarded, and assignee, if
any.

Pennsylvania State Archives Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File
and the Militia Officers Index Cards, 1775-1800
http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us
The "Military Abstract Card File" contains transcriptions of data extracted
from original records in the custody of the State Archives concerning
Revolutionary War service in the Pennsylvania Militia, Pennsylvania Line,
and the Navy. The "Militia Officers Index" lists militia officers who served
during the American Revolution as well as in campaigns against Native
Americans in northwestern Pennsylvania and during the Whiskey Rebellion.
Information provided includes name, county, rank, company or battalion,
dates of service, township, and occasionally the district within township.

Archives of Maryland Muster Rolls and Other Records of Service of Maryland
Troops in the American Revolution
http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/speccol/sc2900/sc2908/000001/000018/htm
l/index.html

American Prisoners of the Revolution: Names of 8000 Men
http://www.usmm.org/revdead.html
provides a name listing only of the men held by the British as naval
prisoners on ships at Wallabout Bay, later the site of the Brooklyn Navy
Yard. The prisoners included men captured on American privateers, on
merchant ships, and on French, Spanish, and Dutch vessels. This list was
compiled by the Society of Old Brooklynites in 1888 >from papers in the
British War Department.

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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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