In celebration of the upcoming 250th anniversary of American independence, the National Archives and the National Park Service are collaborating on a special project to transcribe Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service, ca. 1800 – ca. 1912. These Revolutionary War Pension Files consist of applications and other records pertaining to claims for pensions and bounty land warrants.
These records may contain valuable details about Revolutionary War veterans and their families, such as rank, unit, period of service, age, residence, date and place of marriage, and date and place of death of spouse.
Also within these records, you may find copies of marriage or other family records, information pertaining to military activities or details about soldier’s lives, along with letters, diaries, family trees, or even photographs.
Visit their Revolutionary War mission page to learn more and get started transcribing.
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Illustration: Certification that John Bacon was eligible to receive a pension for Revolutionary War service (Records of the Veterans Administration, RG 15).