Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Finding your Revolutionary War Ancestor

If you have an ancestor that served in Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War, here are some tips on how to find some information. First go to the Pennsylvania Archives website at http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/archive.asp. You can find information on other war veterans as well but for the Revolutionary War scroll down to Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card FileRevolutionary War Military Abstract Card File. You can search for your ancestor. If you happen to be able to find who you are looking for you will find a card that is either typed or handwritten. Above is the card for my 5th Great Grandfather George Hill. In the bottom right hand corner you will see A (6), II, 123. This stands for Series 6, volume II, page 123 of the Pennsylvania Archives series. Once you have this information, you can go to http://www.footnote.com/. This is a relatively new genealogy website that has a lot of scanned original documents. Some of the content you have to pay to see but the Pennsylvania Archives series is free. Hit the browse button, under Category, click on Revolution 1775 - 1815, under Title click Pennsylvania Archives, then find the series that matches your ancestor card - for me it was series 6, then the volume. The battalion that your ancestor served in should also have been listed on the card. Click on the correct battalion, then the page number that was on the card. This should bring you to the scanned image of the page that contains your ancestor information. It would be a good idea to look at a few pages before and after the one listed on the card as there could be information about other people that were associated with you ancestor that served with him.

To the left is the page from Footnote.com that shows the information for my ancestor George Hill.

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