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Revolutionary War Genealogy and History Websites

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"Washington Crossing the Delaware" painting.
“Washington Crossing the Delaware.” (Wikimedia Commons)

Dig deeper into the lives of your ancestors who lived during the Revolutionary War era. Explore maps, military records, lineage societies and more with these revolutionary resources.

Colonial genealogy can be difficult, but it isn’t impossible. Use these records to find ancestors who lived in the United States before the Revolutionary War.

American Memory Project: The American Revolution and Its Era

View digitized images of Revolutionary War maps, as well as the papers of the Continental Congress, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

American Revolutionary War Soldiers & Their Descendants

Connect with other people researching the same Revolutionary ancestor.

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AmericanRevolution.org: Your Gateway to the American Revolution

Lots of background info in articles, online exhibitions and a Scholar’s Showcase covering topics such as Women of the American Revolution and France in the Revolution.

Black Loyalist

An online repository of historical data about the African-American loyalist refugees who left New York between April and November 1783 and whose names are recorded in the Book of Negroes.

The Brigade of the American Revolution

This living history association regularly re-enacts the Revolutionary War.

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Internet Listing of Hessian Soldiers of the Revolution

Search this alphabetical listing of Hessian German soldiers who served for the British during the Revolution.

Liberty! The American Revolution

The companion website to the PBS series includes a timeline, resources and more.

Military Resources: American Revolution

The US National Archives and Records Administration’s links to Revolutionary War resources.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Genealogical resources from this society for descendants of Revolution-era patriots include an online research system with names of DAR members’ patriot ancestors, as well as ancestors linking the member to the patriot.

National Society Sons of the American Revolution Library

Learn about the genealogy and historical resources available through this lineage society.

Olive Tree Genealogy: Index to American Revolution

Links to transcribed muster rolls and other records.

Requesting Copies of Pre-WWI Service Records

How to order early military service records from the National Archives.

Free Revolutionary-era records from Fold3

Historical records site Footnote has several free collections including US Milestone Documents, Papers of the Continental Congress, Constitutional Convention Records and more.

Spy Letters of the American Revolution

See letters written by Paul Revere, Benedict Arnold and other undercover Revolutionaries.

United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada

This organization maintains materials that will help you learn more about your ancestors who remained loyal to the British crown.

U.S. History: The American Revolution

Provides information on events leading up to the war, battles and important figures.

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