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Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestor

Beginning Your Research: Guides and Finding Aids

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Important! The core collections of Revolutionary War records are at the U. S. National Archives [NARA]. The Archives assigns publication or microfilm numbers to its collections, for example, M804, M246. These collections or portions of them may be found in online digital sites, in books, or in articles. Often the source does not use the original NARA title. Always note which NARA number the particular records you are looking at were taken from to avoid duplicate search efforts and to know which sources you have not yet seen.

Order a soldier's records from the National Archives by going to this page and down to the section "Obtaining Copies of Military Service Records".
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Record Collections

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is available in all library branches. Search in Catalog by “Title” or “Filter by Collection" for "Military".

  • “Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783" (muster rolls and other documents) M246.
  • “Compiled Revolutionary War Military Service Records, 1775-1783” M880 and M881
  • “Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900” M804.
  • “North Carolina and Tennessee, Revolutionary War Land Warrants, 1783-1843”

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  • “United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783” (Indexed, you can search and browse images). M246.
  • “United States Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records, 1775-1783” (Indexed and searchable; does include images). M881.
  • “United States Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications, 1800-1900” (Indexed and searchable; does include entire images). M804.
  • “Final Payment Vouchers Index for Military Pensions, 1818-1864” (Indexed, searchable images). RG 217
  • “Final Revolutionary War Pension Payment Vouchers: Georgia” (Indexed, searchable images). M1746
Heritage Quest

HeritageQuest includes images of microfilm M804, "Revolutionary Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files", which contains all the papers in the files. Selected pages will appear first in the file and then the non-selected pages.
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North Carolina Digital Collections

Troop Returns collection includes lists, returns, records of prisoners, and records of draftees, from 1747 to 1893. The majority of records are from the Revolutionary War North Carolina Continental Line.
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Carolina Revolutionary War Soldiers

  • 369.135 DAU NCC. Roster of soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution... (pub. 1932).
    • Includes a list of soldiers from Gaston County in the Battle of Kings Mountain on pages 488 - 489.
    • Available in Ancestry Library Edition (under "North Carolina Revolutionary War Soldiers") and HeritageQuest.
    • Contains incomplete and faulty list of NC bounty land warrants. Instead, consult Bockstruck's Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants, 973.34 BOC NCC.
  • 929.3 NOR NCC. Delamar transcripts : transcriptions of petitions to the General Assembly of North Carolina relating to Revolutionary War, by the North Carolina Genealogical Society.
  • 929.3 REV NCC. Revolutionary War Gravesites of Soldiers, Patriots and Ancestors Buried in North Carolina.
  • 929.373 CLA NCC (3 vol.). Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War.
  • 929.3757 GRU NCC South Carolina in the American Revolution: A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians.
  • 929.4 DIX NCC. Revolutionary Soldiers and Patriots of Gaston County, North Carolina.
  • 973.34 BOC NCC. Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants Awarded by State Governments.
  • North Carolina in the Revolutionary War
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Books by Bobby Gilmer Moss
  • 973.345 MOS NCC. African-American Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.
  • 973.345 MOS NCC. African-American Patriots in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.
  • 929.3 MOS NCC. The Patriots at Kings Mountain.
  • 929.3 MOS NCC. The Patriots at the Cowpens.
  • 973.3 MOS NCC The Patriots in the Snow Campaign, 1775 : first land battle of the American Revolution in South Carolina.
  • 973.345 MOS NCC Roster of the Patriots in the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge
  • 929.3 M NCC. Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution.
  • 973.314 MOS NCC. Roster of the Loyalists in the Battle of Kings Mountain.
  • 973.341 MOS NCC. Roster of the Loyalists in the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge.
  • 973.314 MOS NCC. The Loyalists in the Siege of Fort Ninety Six

Daughters of the American Revolution

Pension Rolls

  • 929.373 CLA NCC. The pension lists of 1792-1795: with other Revolutionary War pension records. Murtie June Clark.
  • 929.4 C NCC. A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Service. Taken in 1840.
    • Also available in Ancestry Library Edition under "Revolutionary War Pensioner Census, 1841".
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  • 929.4 REV NCC. Revolutionary Pensioners: A Transcript of the Pension List of the United States for 1813.
    • Also available in Ancestry Library Edition under "Revolutionary War Pension Index".
  • 929.4 U NCC. Message from the President of the United States... [Revolutionary pensioners of 1818.].
  • 973.3 U NCC. Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions, with an Added Index to States (Reprint of the 1852 ed.).
    • Also available in Ancestry Library Edition under "American Revolutionary War Rejected Pensions".
  • 973.34 BOC NCC. Revolutionary war pensions awarded by state governments 1775-1874, the general and federal governments prior to 1814, and by private acts of Congress to 1905. Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck.
  • 973.34 PEN NCC. Pension roll of 1835. 4 vols.

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Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestor
Revised: 30 January 2018

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