Revolutionary Ancestors

In honor of Independence Day, research your Revolutionary ancestors.  A way that you can get started quickly is by using HeritageQuestHeritageQuest(HQ) is a genealogy database that you can use at any B&ECPL location or from home if you have a B&ECPL library card.  Visit our site to use the database and read our help guides.

HeritageQuest Revolutionary War Documents

Revolutionary War Pension Files are included in HQ.  Pension files are usually rich in genealogical detail. When Revolutionary War veterans or their dependents applied for a pension, they were required to prove military service and their identity through supporting documentation. Details that may be found in pension files include birth, death, and marriage information; family member names; and military service information.

HeritageQuest Serial Set

Private Relief Actions, Memorials, and Petitions from the Serial Set and the American State Papers are in this collection.  American Revolution documents that can be found include pension claims, military service claims, bounty land claims, property damage claims, and claims for services and supplies provided during the war.  Details that you may find include military service information, family member names, occupation, death information, as well as other pieces of genealogical evidence.

 HeritageQuest Books

A collection of over 28,000 full-text books is in HQ. There are hundreds of titles related to the American Revolution.  The following are a few sources related to New York State:

  • Loyalism in New York during the American Revolution (1901) – Alexander Flick
  • New York in the Revolution as a Colony and State (1904) – Pierre Van Cortlandt
  • Register of the Empire State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (1899) – includes detailed personal and genealogical information about members.
  • The Sons of the American Revolution, New York State Society: 1893-94 –  includes detailed personal and genealogical information about members.

The Grosvenor Room has many other genealogy resources pertaining to the American Revolution.  The following guides outline our holdings: 

Military Resources for Buffalo and Erie County

Military Resources for Areas Other than Buffalo and Erie County

Image Source: ‘Attack on Fort Montgomery’ - The Pictorial History of the American Revolution, by Robert Sears, 1847, p. 263.

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