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  • Search The Muster and Pay Rolls of the War of the Revolution, 1775-1783 Browse these rolls by state and name of organization (regiment, battalion, guard, company, etc.). Find names of soldiers with the help of annotations supplied by other Footnote users and feel free to add your own. Thousands of records from 138 rolls of microfilm provide names and details about the men who fought for independence.
  • Search The Revolutionary War Prize Cases: Records of the Court of Appeal in Cases of Capture, 1776-1787During the American Revolution, armed vessels serving under individual colonies began to prey upon British commerce. The lack of courts for the condemnation of prizes taken by the Continental vessels was a source of annoyance to General Washington. He saw a need for speedy and regular condemnation of the prizes taken by all these ships to avoid conflict among colonies. The cases in this publication cover the appeals process that resulted for dealing with prize cases.
  • Search Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the RevolutionThese 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 a soldier's surname. Records consist of card abstracts of entries relating to each soldier from original records. Also included are regimental lists including muster rolls, pay lists, and caption cards
  • Search the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application FilesThe records in this collection include entire pension files for soldiers and sailors who served in the Revolutionary War. Unlike selected service records, which were typically chosen subjectively for genealogical content, these records reveal more details about each veteran's history and service, as well as more information about his family, state of health, and life after the war.
  • Copybooks of George Washington's Correspondence with Secretaries of State, 1789-1796 Explore events that preoccupied George Washington during his years as president through these letters. The correspondence includes items as simple as trip itineraries to more complex issues such as the conduct of the US in wars of other nations, and Thomas Jefferson's opinion of the constitutionality of the Residence Act in 1790.
  • Pennsylvania Archives If you're interested in Pennsylvania history and want information relating to historical events, facts about ancestors, or original documents to support a research paper, the Pennsylvania Archives is an important publication to explore. This series contains essential records relating to one of America's earliest colonies, from 1664 to 1780, including military, tax, marriage, and land records, as well as documents from American history covering the Revolutionary War and the Whiskey Rebellion.
  • Final Payment Vouchers Index for Military Pensions, 1818-1864 These slips serve as an index to final and last payments to over 65,000 veterans of the Revolutionary War and some later wars.

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  • U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783 A collection of more than 425,000 records documenting men who fought for the colonies in the American Revolutionary War.
  • Search The Revolutionary War Pensioner Census, 1841 As part of the 1840 U.S. Federal Census, census takers obtained the names and ages of all the individuals in each household who served in the Revolutionary War or provided other military services. The information contained in this database is a compilation of the data on the Revolutionary War pensioners gathered from the 1840 census returns. The information is organized by place (state, county, then township) and lists the name and age of the veteran, and the name of the head of household with whom the pensioner resided on the census date.
  • Search The Revolutionary War Courts-Martials The history of the American Revolution is familiar to any American citizen. This work contains the stories of the 3,315 men who did not meet the challenges of the war and were brought before military courts-martial. Even if an ancestor isn't found in this book, this book reveals in part the context surrounding the Revolutionary War, giving it particular appeal to anyone whose ancestors were in the Revolutionary War.
  • Search The American Revolutionary War Rejected Pensions During America's struggle for freedom, thousands of men fought for the colonial government and many received pensions or bounty land grants for their service. This database is a listing of men who applied for a pension but were rejected. It was originally published in 1852 and was an expanded version of a book published in 1838. Each record provides the applicant's name, state and town of residence, and the reason their petition was denied. It contains the names of over 8600 individuals. For researchers of Revolutionary War ancestors, this can be a helpful database.
  • Search The Loyalists in the American Revolution: Misc. Records This is a mixture of various Loyalist databases. Loyalists were those individuals who fought on the side of the British during the American Revolution. The databases include both Canadian and British information: Muster Rolls of the 15th Regiment of Foot; 44th Regiment of Foot; 47th Regiment of Foot 48th Regiment of Foot, 1763; List of men in Sir John Johnston's Brigade; Men From the Turloch Militia who Joined Kings Royal Rangers of New York and Butler's Rangers; 1778 List of Men From Pennsylvania who joined the British Army.
  • Search The Revolutionary War Officers The result of an act of Congress, this collection of Revolutionary War officers constitutes one of the most complete databases of its kind. With over 14,000 listings, this collection includes not only those who served in the Continental Army, but also many who served in the various state militias during the war. The men are organized by rank, with the signers of the Declaration of Independence also included. Each name is shown with the state in which they were born and the state in which they died, with dates showing each event respectively.
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