Thursday, June 30, 2011

An Independence Day Gift from Ancestry.com!

I recently hosted a wonderful giveaway from Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource that helps people discover, preserve and share their family history! Now, I’m pleased to announce another great opportunity from Ancestry.com. In honor of Independence Day, Ancestry.com is launching the Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 -- a collection of more than one million applications from men with a direct link back to either a supporter or a participant in the fight for United States independence during the 18th century. These records can take a family back through two centuries of history in a single document. And for a limited time, from Thursday, June 30 through Monday, July 4, 2011, Ancestry.com is inviting the public to discover proof of their own link to the foundations of freedom by searching for ancestors in the collection free!

The applications contain references to Revolutionary War pension files, documented family and local histories, family Bible records, deeds, court documents, census records and typically include a short summary of the ancestor’s service. Nearly 165,000 members of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) can trace their family tree back to an ancestor who supported the cause of U.S. Independence during the years 1774-1783. Founded in April 1889, the Sons of the American Revolution seeks to honor the people and events of the American Revolution, and inspire the community with the principles on which our nation was founded. Its members include 16 former U.S. Presidents, including Theodore Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, as well as famous generals like Douglas MacArthur and John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, and even notable world figures like Sir Winston Churchill and Juan Carlos I, King of Spain.

The Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 provides a valuable resource for anyone trying to trace their ancestors back to the time of American independence. All applications required a pedigree and accompanying information to demonstrate a generation-by-generation link to a patriot ancestor. Over one million application records make it even easier to discover family members who might have been veterans of the Revolutionary War, members of Continental Congress or even signers of the Declaration of Independence.

To begin searching The Sons of the American Revolution Applications, visit www.ancestry.com/Independence. You can also follow Ancestry.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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