Get a FREE Guide To Getting Started With Revolutionary War Records

Perhaps you have a family story that an ancestor fought in the Revolutionary War. How do you know this is true? First, consider the age of your ancestor. If he was born between 1735 and 1760 and living in 1775–1776, he may have served. Typically, a Revolutionary War soldier was between the ages of 18 and 35, although a few were younger, and a few were older.

If you have an ancestor of the right age living during the Revolutionary War, note his colony of residence—and, if he survived the war, note which state he lived in after the war. Then take the next step and download our free guide. 


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