23 March 2012
This new and growing database at Archives.com reflects research facilitated by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. These records unveil new and invaluable information about some of the men and women of color who fought for American independence in such roles as soldiers, skilled craftsmen, and servants.
“...Over two years of research has focused on verifying the service and complexion of patriots from each of the 13 colonies using primarily original records such as pension and bounty land application files, muster and pay rolls, lists of troops, court records, legislative records, census records, and more.”
Visit the website.
Please tell us if you found one of your ancestors in the database!
On a related note, check out this NYT Article “Family Tree’s Startling Roots” which talks about an episode of Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr which airs this Sunday on PBS.
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