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How to Find a Revolutionary War Patriot The Revolutionary War started with the battle between British troops and local Massachusetts militia at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, on 19 April 1775. It ended eight years later with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. If you have been able to trace your ancestry in America back to those years, you have an excellent chance of finding at least one ancestor who had some type of service related to the Revolutionary War effort.
Civil War Records--Images from Tennessee| For those researchers who can not travel to Tennessee to do family history on any ancestors from that state, there is now online a wonderful collection of Civil War artifacts gathered from most of the state's counties by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.