Does anyone know which Henry Burnam applied for and recieved Son of the American Revolution Status?

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Which Henry Burnam applied for and received the Us. Sons of the American Revolution?  It is indexed on Ancestry of course here is the pertinent bit:

Name: Henry Burnam
SAR Membership: 2694
Role: Ancestor
Application Date: 17 Feb 1896
Father: Thomas Burnam
Children: John Burnam

The dates exclude Burnam-51 if the death date is correct.

in Genealogy Help by Kathy Wright G2G6 (9.4k points)
edited by Ellen Smith

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Hi Kathy,

According to the SAR paperwork on Ancestry you provided, it was not Henry who applied, but his great-great-grandson, Robert Rodes Burman who applied for SAR Membership.

So are you trying to find out if the the Burman-51 is the ancestor of Robert Burman born about 1859?  Here is an Ancestry link to Robert in the 1860 US Census in Richmond, Madison, Kentucky

Just make sure you're logged into Ancestry when clicking on the link.

When coming across a SAR Membership form notation on Ancestry, you really have to look at and read the image.  Henry is noted on the Ancestry link you provided because his name is on the form, as an ancestor, not because he filed the form.  And because these forms are usually filled out by the applicant based on family history, oral or parole, it is best to verify all of the names on the form as actually being who the applicant says they are.  Sometimes folks use a little puffery in their family history.  LOL
by LJ Russell G2G6 Pilot (195k points)
selected by Kathy Wright
Thank you!! I was having trouble deciphering what I was seeing and it sounded like it might be the right family. Now I know where to check. I hadn't seen one of those forms before.
Thanks for the Gold Star Kathy.  I only know this as I was driven nuts by one of these hints too.  LOL  Also, this rule applies to any of the forms Ancestry may have for the various Historical Associations, the DAR, Sons of the Civil War, etc.  Thank goodness they have the images. Well, for the most part.

Good luck and happy hunting....for ancestors that is. ;)

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