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".
Go to: http://www.archives.gov/research/military/genealogy.html
Ancestry Library Edition is available in all library branches. Search in Catalog by “Title” or “Filter by Collection" for "Military".
Go to: https://fold3library.proquest.com/barcode?accountid=11047 Log into Fold3 with your library card
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.
Go to: https://www.nclive.org/cgi-bin/nclsm?rsrc=218 Log into NCLive with your library card
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.
Go to: http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/home/collections/troop-returns
Also See Online Record Collections for online pension records.
Search our Catalog by Subject for:
Soldiers -- Revolution, 1775-1783
[name of state]--History--Revolution
Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestor
Revised: 31 August 2018
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