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Researching Patriots and Their Graves: An America250MI Guide

America250MI Logo over Revolutionary War Painting

As the semiquincentennial of the United States approaches, America250MI aims to promote scholarship and research on Revolutionary Era and Michigan history. With this in mind, America250MI has created a guide to help explore Revolutionary War patriots and locate those buried in Michigan. The written guide and its video tutorial counterpart are combined here. To download them individually, find them on our website under Research Resources.


Video Tutorial:

Research Resources:

Ancestry: The National Archives and Records Administration has provided further access to Revolutionary War records through Ancestry. An Ancestry subscription is needed to access the totality of records. Searchable records include:

U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783

U.S. Compiled Revolutionary War Military Service Records, 1775-1783

Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots

Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books

Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970

Daughters of the American Revolution: The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is an organization created on the tenants of historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Michigan's DAR groups are split into chapters across the state. Locate your chapter on the Michigan DAR website. Contact your chapter to see if they have cemetery indexes or lists of patriots buried near you.

Find a Grave: Find a Grave users have the capability to create virtual cemeteries which are a collection of graves compiled into one list to peruse. Entries typically include the individual's name, birth and death date, cemetery name, and grave photograph. Entries may also include a brief biography and plot information. Great virtual cemeteries to look at are:

Revolutionary War Patriots Buried in Michigan by LLW22 with 270 memorials

Revolutionary War Veterans Buried in Michigan by Katie Neal with 56 memorials

Sons/Daughters/Wives of American Revolution Patriots in MI by LLW22 with 268 memorials

Cross-referencing with Ancestry collections is recommended for Find a Grave biographies.

These are by no means the only ways to research and locate patriots and their graves. Contact us with your sources to update this list.


Real World Research and Exploration:

America250MI Program Coordinator, Becca Murphy researched Revolutionary War veterans and found Scout Captain Claudius Britton II just a short drive from her house! Britton and his son who participated in the War of 1812 are buried next to each other in Livingston County. History is all around us, it is for us to research and explore! Send us your photos or research finds and tag America250MI on social media for the opportunity to be featured.


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