2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 19, 2021 12:50 PM by Alice Lane

    Seeking records about family that served in the Revolutionary War

    Michael Foreman Newbie

      I have family from each of the original 13 colonies, about half from the north half from the south. 7 ggggrandfathers served during the Revolutionary War, some from both sides. One was also a Tory and had to change his name after the war was over. Is this unusual?

        • Re: Seeking records about family that served in the Revolutionary War
          Eric Kilgore Adventurer

          Dear Michael Foreman,



          Thank you for contacting the History Hub!


          The best place for you to start your search is on the National Archives website’s page, The American Revolution. There you can find the various kinds of records where a soldier’s name might appear, as well as the different databases and search engines you can use to look up their name. There are links to the National Archives catalog as well as Ancestry, Family Search, and Fold3. Try different sites to see which of their search functions are easiest for you to use.  For more information about these records, please contact National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at Archives1reference@nara.gov.


          We wish you all the best with your research!



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          • Re: Seeking records about family that served in the Revolutionary War
            Alice Lane Ranger

            Hello Michael,

            Welcome to History Hub

            Would you like to share your ancestors names? Also the names that you believe were changed?


            I am related to a Tory that lived in Delaware at that time, they did not change their name.

            Alice Lane

            Research Volunteer