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Images of published state rosters of Revolutionary War soldiers from the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, and Virginia. For Massachusetts volumes 2 Bes-Byx, 9 Kab-Lsu, and 16 Tra-Whe, are not currently available in this publication.
No restrictions are associated with this collection. The completed index and links to digital images will be freely accessible online to the general public when the collection is published.
This project is to index state rosters of soldiers and sailors who served in the American Revolutionary War during the period 1775–1783, as well as censuses that were created in 1840 of Revolutionary War pensioners. The rosters are from published resources and are quite easy to read.
The records in this project are from published books that have been digitized.
Entries vary in length and amount of information given.
Batches have a single image.
Images usually show a single page of a scanned book. The number of records per page varies.
What to Index
Index censuses of pensioners, enlistment papers, alphabetical listings, and other documents about Revolutionary War veterans.
The following are examples of documents that should be indexed. Click the images to view how they should be indexed:
What Not to Index
Do not index documents that do not show a name of a soldier or a soldier's spouse and an event year.
An exception to the above rule is if the image is a continued list from a previous image and the previous image contains the information listed above.
What to Remember about This Project
Documents vary in length and amount of information. Not all possible documents will be shown in these instructions. Read each entry carefully to find the information for the indexing fields.
Index the names of all soldiers or sailors and the names of their spouses.
Residence towns and military ranks were often recorded after a person's name. Be careful not to confuse place-names or ranks with the person's name.
Index a record only if it contains a name of a soldier or a soldier's spouse and at least a death year or a year for any other event. Any image that does not show at least this information should be marked as a No Extractable Data Image. An exception to this rule is if the image is a continued list from a previous image and the previous image has information that pertains to the current image, such as a death year, event year, or military unit.
Some documents contain rosters of soldiers who were wounded or killed. Click here to see an example. If a soldier was killed, index the date that was recorded as the death date. If the soldier was wounded, index the date that was recorded as the event date. Be sure to index the dates in the correct fields.
Many types of events may have been recorded, including a death date and the dates of other kinds of events. Do not index the death date as the event date. Index only the following events, according to the following priority list. (If multiple events were mentioned, index the one highest in the priority list.)
Date of enlistment.
Date of events indicated by key words such as "appointed," "mustered," or other similar words.
Date of discharge or retirement.
Date a roll was taken or roster was created.
Date when the soldier or sailor was wounded.
If an index gives a page number reference for a soldier or sailor, index the page number where the information for that soldier can be found, not the page number of the index page itself.
If multiple page numbers were recorded, index the first page number that was given.
Number of Records per Image
To add a record in the data entry area, click the New Record button.
To add multiple records at once, use the Add record(s) icon on the toolbar.
Using the Ruler
The ruler may help you follow a record across an image.
If you use the ruler, please be aware that it does not automatically move as you move to a new entry. To use the ruler:
In the menu bar, click Data Entry.
Click Show Ruler.
For additional resources or more instructions about what to do in various situations you may encounter in this project, click the following links: