Do you have a Revolutionary War ancestor? Are you not sure, but want to find out? Knowing you have one or more Revolutionary War ancestors on your family tree is not only a source of pride… your family helped make this country free… it can also get you into Daughters of the American Revolution or Sons of the American Revolution, both of which are very prestigious lineage societies. If you’re looking for a Revolutionary War ancestor in your family tree or know you have one and want to find out more about his life to discover what kind of a person he was, then here is how you do it.
If you have been doing genealogy for a while, you will no doubt have come across the work of other genealogists. There are user-submitted online family trees on many different well-known genealogy websites. Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org are the sites where you will find the most user-submitted trees, but they are everywhere in smaller numbers. Places like GenWeb, Fold3, American Ancestors, and most of the DNA testing websites have user-submitted trees, too. You may be tempted to take the information on these trees and use it as your own, if these trees are talking about your ancestors. However, take a moment before you copy that information. Here are some things you should consider before using someone else’s research.
AF-083: Why Some Genealogy Family Tree Websites Don’t Work
Do family tree websites work? The vast majority of them do, if you know how to use them the right way. On today’s Ancestral Findings Podcast, I’ll show you what you need to know to get them to work for you.
There are certain genealogical problems that are more prevalent in the modern era than they were in the past. Human nature being what it is, all of these things existed to some degree in the past, and can be issues for genealogists researching past generations. These things are more common in modern times, though, and the genealogist who is tracing their modern family and putting together a list of current descendants of a particular ancestor can find themselves confronted with these issues more often than the genealogist of the past. Genealogists working on modern family trees, as well as future genealogists, will have to deal with and overcome these issues.