Finding Revolutionary War Ancestors


This is a rerun of my post from last year about my Revolutionary War Ancestors.

Chances are, if you read my posts, you are related in some way–so there might a Patriot ancestor in here for you.  Or, you might want to use the links to search for your own patriot ancestors.

Recently, I found digital images of the original tax lists of early Revolutionary War-era Maryland at the Maryland Sons of the American Revolution site.  Those named on these lists are usually considered patriots and eligible ancestors for Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).  The link to those records is

Of course, the DAR has an easy-to-search system, if you have an ancestor who is already in their list of patriots.  Go to and select Ancestor Search.

Recently, at a workshop, I heard about the Society of Loyalists and Patriots to honor those who were on both sides of the Revolutionary cause!

If you can trace your lineage back to an ancestor born between 1740 to 1765, there’s a good chance you can find a Revolutionary War ancestor.  Even people born before 1740 might have served in the forces, or given supplies or other support to the colonial army; this makes them eligible ancestors for joining various societies.

Last month, I helped a client confirm not one, but a handful of Revolutionary War ancestors, making her eligible for DAR.

Happy Fourth of July to you all!



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