Monday, July 02, 2007

Happy 4th of July

It is that time of year again, when families in the US get together in backyards, parks or at the beach to celebrate the birth of our nation – these United States of America. But just in case you decide to sit out the baseball game and do a little online research about your US Revolutionary War ancestor, there are some suggestions. Just don’t let the mustard from your hot dog drip on the keyboard.

DAR - National Society Daughters of the American Revolution sure to see the Patriot lookup service.

SAR – National Society Sons of the American Revolution
Be sure to see the 2000 & 2002 Revolutionary War Graves CD

QUICK Revolutionary War Tour

BETSY ROSS home tour has a unique partnership with the National Archives, and is now presenting some unique items relating to the American Revolution, including the Revolutionary War Pension Files. To celebrate the 4th of July, they have opened up some images for free access including:

  • Papers of the Continental Congress - Papers of the Continental Congress(The National Archives): NARA M247. The correspondence, journals, committee reports, and records of the Continental Congress (1774-1789).
  • Misc. Papers of the Continental Congress - Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress(The National Archives): NARA M332. These documents were misplaced, overlooked, or found in private hands when the records of the Papers of the Continental Congress were first arranged in 1834.
  • Constitutional Convention Records - Records from the Constitutional Convention of 1787(The National Archives): NARA M866. Journals of proceedings, early drafts, and other papers relating to the formation of the U.S. Constitution.
  • American Milestone DocumentsFREE
  • George Washington Correspondence
  • Constitutional Convention RecordsFREE
  • Continental Congress - MiscFREE
  • Continental Congress - PapersFREE
  • Domestic Letters of the Department of State
  • Foreign Letters of the Continental Congress and
  • Pennsylvania Archives FREE (This is an exceptional value)
  • Ratified Amendments XI-XXVII of the U. S.
  • Ratified Indian Treaties, 1722-1869
  • Revolutionary War Prize Cases - Captured Vessels
  • Revolutionary War Rolls

If you’d like to test out the Footnote viewer, see these sample documents: – Some Revolutionary War databases from the US Military Collection
• Alabama Revolutionary War Soldiers
• American Revolutionary War Rejected Pensions
• An Alphabetical Index of Revolutionary Pensioners Living in Maine
• British and German Deserters, Dischargees, and POW's Who May Have Remained in Canada and the USA, 1774-1783. Part One and Two
• Catalogue of Revolutionary Soldiers and Sailors of the Commonwealth of Virginia
• Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy, 1660-1815
• Connecticut Men in the Revolutionary War
• Connecticut Pensioners, 1835
• Connecticut Revolutionary War Military Lists, 1775-83
• Delaware Pensioners, 1835
• Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution
• Illinois Society of the S.A.R. Yearbook, 1896
• Index of the Rolls of Honor (Ancestor's Index) in the Lineage Books of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
• Kentucky Pension Roll for 1835
• Maine Pensioners, 1835
• Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Applications, 1835-36
• Mariners of the American Revolution
• Maryland Revolutionary Records
• Maryland Revolutionary War Records
• Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Images Online)
• Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 Vols.
• Military History of the State of New Hampshire, from its Settlement in 1623 to the Rebellion in 1861 by Chandler E. Potter
• Muster and Pay Rolls of the War of the Revolution, 1775-1783: Miscellaneous Records
• New Hampshire Pensioners, 1835
• New Jersey Pensioners, 1835
• New York in the Revolution
• New York Military in the Revolution
• New York Pensioners, 1835
• North Carolina Revolutionary War Soldiers
• Officers of the Continental and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-1900
• Pennsylvania Pensioners, 1835
• Records of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia
• Records of the Revolutionary War
• Revolutionary Pensioners of 1818
• Revolutionary Records of Maryland
• Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants
• Revolutionary War Officers
• Revolutionary War Pension Index
• Revolutionary War Pensioner Census, 1841
• Rhode Island Pensioners, 1835
• Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia
• Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia Vol. III
• Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana
• Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution
• South Carolinians in the Revolution
• The History of Virginia's Navy of the Revolution
• The Pension Roll of 1835, Vol. I
• U.S. Army Historical Register, 1789-1903, Vol. 2
• U.S. Pensioners, 1818-1872
• U.S. Revolutionary War Miscellaneous Records (Manuscript File), 1775-1790s
• U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783
• Vermont Men in the Revolutionary War
• Vermont Pensioners, 1835
• Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War
• Virginia Navy in the Revolution
• Virginia Revolutionary War Records
• Virginia Soldiers of 1776, Vol. 1
• West Virginians in the American Revolution

As usual, the
History Channel out does itself with another special collection for the 4th of July. Ol’ Myrt likes to watch the online videos with a grandchild on her lap. This year’s offerings include:

  • 4th of July video gallery
  • The history behind America’s birthday
  • Maps of Early America
  • Info about “The Revolution” a new 13-part series on the History Channel
  • Did you know? (interesting facts about July 4th)

Our National Archives has a beautifully arranged site where visitors may:

  • “Join the Signers of the Declaration”
  • Meet America’s Founding Fathers (including bios, and drawings of Independence Hall)
  • Click to view the scanned images of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution & Bill of Rights
  • Find out about the 1936 Faulkner Mural of the signers

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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