I get a lot of questions at the History Junkie about finding a Revolutionary War ancestor. Many of you will ask me if I know of a specific soldier that fought in a specific battle. I understand the frustration when researching you ancestors. You don’t have much to go on and many of the records are unclear. So I decided to create a comprehensive guide to researching your Revolutionary War Ancestor. Hopefully this will answer your questions and point you into the right direction.
The American Revolutionary War was the first major historical event in American History. Everything that had transpired after the first successful colony at Jamestown led to the eventual independence of America. Most of the colonies were founded by those seeking religious freedom, economic opportunity, and fleeing persecution. The British colonies were made up of English, Irish, Scots, Welsh, German, Swedes, Dutch, French, and many other nationalities. Religions represented and living peacefully among each other were the Catholics, Protestants, Quakers, Agnostics, and Deists.
I developed bullet point biographies for the many students that travel to this website doing research for a report. Instead of weeding through paragraphs of information I decided that it would be easier if you could look at a list of facts that are organized chronologically. Each biography listed will also have a list of resources that can be used to dig deeper about that individual.