Revolutionary War Ancestry: Our Top 6 How-to Posts

With the Fourth of July approaching, America prepares to celebrate Independence Day – and genealogists’ thoughts turn to their Revolutionary War ancestry. There are many good sources of information about this crucial period in American history, including historical newspaper archives, museums, and various Revolutionary War and military websites that can tell you about the times your ancestors lived in, the roles they played, and details of their individual lives.

This blog post highlights some of the past articles we’ve published on the GenealogyBank Blog about researching Revolutionary War ancestors. Just click on the title of any article that interests you to read the full blog post. Also, please note that in addition to the 27 Colonial newspapers listed in the graphic below, we just added 450+ newspaper titles from the 1700s and 1800s to GenealogyBank’s archives, creating one of the most comprehensive online resources for researching your Colonial and Revolutionary period ancestry on the web.

list showing 27 Colonial American newspapers in GenealogyBank's online collection

Painting: "Washington Crossing the Delaware," by Emanuel Leutze (1851)
Painting: Washington Crossing the Delaware, by Emanuel Leutze (1851). Source: Wikimedia Commons.
screenshot of the Daughters of the American Revolution website
Source: Daughters of the American Revolution
photo of Philipse Manor
Photo: Philipse Manor. Source: Library of Congress.
obituary for Isaac Van Wart, Barre Gazette newspaper article 31 July 1840
Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts), 31 July 1840, page 2
obituary for Mary Wyckoff, Minerva newspaper article 29 May 1797
Minerva (New York, New York), 29 May 1797, page 3

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