How and why do Wiki genealogists add 1776?

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in Policy and Style by L B G2G1 (1.5k points)
recategorized by Michael Stills

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There is a 1776 project that honors people who were involved in the early history of the United States of America, from the Boston Tea Party through the War for Independence to the ratification of the United States Constitution.  You may want to read more about this on the 1776 Project page.  It tells you how to add one of the 1776 templates to the profile to indicate if the person was a military veteran or provided other patriotic service.

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selected by Living Baker
Thanks Star!

A lot of the profiles in this era are neglected on Wikitree. We tend to focus more on sourcing, etc for biographies of our closest ancestors and out great migration ancestors. At least it seems that way to me. So I have been using the 1776 project as an opportunity to learns about, write biographies and sources for the over 50 ancestors I have that participated in some way in the struggle with Britain. I'd like to say that I could do more than just my ancestors but 50+ 1776'ers is keeping me very busy and I do a lot of PGM work. Aside from the tags:

{{1776|category=American Revolution Veterans}}                                          

{{1776}} for those who provided civil or patriotic service.

It is fun to use:

{{NSSAR Patriot Ancestor | sar-number = P-259711| rank = Private }}                                     

{{DAR-grs|A123456 | Patriot's name | 02/19/2016 }}

And link them up to:



Thanks Roland, I only have half as many.  If I could break through my dead ends that might go up.
Holy smokes - 444! Is that a lot :) LOL And we probably have more because I haven't gotten my entire tree up on Wikitree yet. Cheers Cousin Michael!
I wonder if it would be appropriate to use the {{1776}} for those who provided civil or patriotic service, for the wives and families who took care of the home and farm while the husband went out and did the fighting.
Robert,  certainly there was a lot of sacrifice given by the wives and families on all sides of the war and many others who may not have had a family member serving or providing service.  

Generally speaking, the 1776 project was set up to use the criteria established by the National Society of the Daughter's of the American Revolution and the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.  

We have already expanded to recognize Hessians and British soldiers as well.
I don't think it would apply to the wives and families. It should be for those who would qualify as having served a civil service for purposes of applying to DAR or NSSAR. For example I have an ancestor who wasn't a solider but he had a factory that made Canon - thus he is considered to have served a civil service i.e. {{1776}} and he has a DAR and NSSAR number. Another was a politician and signed a compact. He also would apply to {{1776}} and has a DAR and NSSAR number.

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