Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors

Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors

Course Overview

In Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors, you will be introduced to numerous U.S. records created for, during, and after the war for those who fought for independence. You will learn strategies to identify an ancestor living at the time of the war and locate information about him. You will learn how to research your ancestor using Revolutionary War depositories such as the Library of Congress, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, and the National Archives.

Author: Craig Roberts Scott, CG, FUGA
Prerequisites: None
Course: Online, cloud based
Price: NGS Members $60 Non-members $85

Course Description

In Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors, you will learn how to use a pedigree chart and other sources of information to identify an ancestor who served in the war and what unit he served in. You will learn how different types of military units were organized, how soldiers were ranked, and locations of battles. Post-war records to be examined include Bounty Land awards, pension and payment records, the Compiled Military Service Record, fraternal and lineage society organizations, the 1840 census, and death and burial records.

The course is divided into eight modules, which include readings, web links, and self-correcting quizzes as well as a reading and reference list. A full syllabus is provided to course registrants. The course modules are as follows.

  • Module 1—Introduction to Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors
  • Module 2—Identify an Ancestor Living at the Time of the Revolutionary War
  • Module 3—Locating Information About the Service of an Ancestor
  • Module 4—Locate and Understand Pension Law and Pension Application Files
  • Module 5—Locate Pension Ledgers, Payment Vouchers, Last and Final Payments
  • Module 6—Locate Additional Information about your Ancestor’s Service during the War
  • Module 7—Locate and Understand the Compiled Military Service Record
  • Module 8—Compile a Post-War Record

About the Author

Craig Roberts Scott, CG, FUGA, is a nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher with more than thirty years’ experience. He specializes in the diverse military records at the National Archives. conferences, institutes, and in study groups.


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