Saturday, November 19, 2011

DO YOU KNOW IF ANYONE IN OUR FAMILY WAS A SOLDIER IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, CIVIL WAR OR ANY OTHER ACTIVE DUTY WHILE IN THE SERVICE?

Question number 7 of Interview Question Form ,  asks "DO YOU KNOW IF ANYONE IN OUR FAMILY WAS A SOLDIER IN THE  AMERICAN REVOLUTION, CIVIL WAR OR ANY OTHER ACTIVE DUTY WHILE IN THE SERVICE?"

There are so many records you can access if you have an ancestor who served in the American Revolution, Civil War, Spanish American War, etc.  Many of the records that are available are now online and that makes your research so much easier!  I will begin to list the wars/conflicts to ask about and then the types of records you can access for links to the proper sources of documentation.  These sources will have important information about the individual that will once again provide you with valid documentation.

Here is a list of wars/conflicts involving the  United States in its history with the beginning of the American Revolutionary War.  The list is extensive, in chronological order and I will be explaining basic aspects of each of these wars/conflicts.  So this posting will take some time to fill out to the extent I want to share necessary information for your research purposes.  In fact, I may continue to add other postings and just go back and fill in information as I see appropriate.  So check back often!


- American Revolutionary War or American War of Independence  September 1, 1774 – September 3, 1783.  It involved Great Britain, the Loyalists living in the colonies, the Iroquois and Cherokee Indians.  It ended with the Treaty of Paris with Britain recognizing the independence of the United States, 

- The Boston Campaign which was part of the American Revolutionary War  September 1, 1774–March 17, 1776.  It involved the British with the Colonists and ended with British forces being driven out of Boston, resulting in Colonial victory.

- Naval Operations in the American Revolutionary War which was part of the American Revolutionary War  1775-1783, and, of course, involved Great Britain.   It ended with the Treaty of Paris also.

- Canadian Campaign which was part of the American Revolutionary War  June 1775-October 1776.  It was the first major military campaign by the newly formed Continental Army and intended to gain military control of the British Province of Quebec, convincing the French-speaking Canadians to join the colonists.   It ended in the British counter-offensive defeating the Colonial invasion.

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1 comment:

Jim S said...

If you do happen to find civil war ancestors, I would reccommend getting both the service records and the pension records if they exist. I have three civil war ancestors of my own. Learning about their lives has been quite enlightening. One of my ancestors was wounded, captured and later died of his wounds. I learned this by ordering their service and pension records. However at $75 per pension record file ordering them from NARA can be very expensive. I was able to hire a profession genealogist from the NARA area. I paid less than 1/2 of what I would have if I order them directly from NARA. I also received the copies much faster. See my blog about the details at Civil War Ancestors.

Regards, Jim