New 1776 Project Resource - Revolutionary War Soldiers

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I have added  Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774 as a new resource for finding Revolutionary War soldiers.  It is hidden on and lists many Patriots that are not found elsewhere by the State, unit, and the officer under which they served.  I found this external to my Ancestry account but when I logged in it plugged in my Ancestry I.D.  This is probably not a free resource but left it blank on the 1776 Resource Page.  Would someone without an account test it and made the revision.

in Genealogy Help by Living Barnes G2G6 Mach 3 (33.0k points)

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It appears to be an Ancestry republication of earlier works. Here is what Ancestry says about it:

About Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774

The American colonies were organized into military defense districts, for no regular army existed to protect settlers from marauders or from rebellion within. On alarm, colonists formed militia companies from their own ranks to go to the scene of action. When the emergency ended, these trained bands retired. Records of these companies exist, but those of the South are widely scattered. After a thorough investigation of a wide variety of source materials, Mrs. Clark has organized them into a logical and convenient form.

The records are chiefly muster rolls and pay rolls of the militias of Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia, and they identify about 55,000 soldiers by name, rank, date, militia company, and district. Other records provide data on age, height, country of birth, occupation, and date and place of enlistment. Also, there are the Scotch Highlanders in Oglethorpe's Georgia regiment, recruits who served under Washington's ensign in Virginia, and the ordinary settlers and frontiersmen who did their duty. This source book is a milestone in colonial genealogy and history.

The original source info: Clark, Murtie J., Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999, which may be available elsewhere.

by S Willson G2G6 Pilot (176k points)
selected by Living Barnes
While this is nice to know.  What is needed is for someone without an account to go to the 1776 Resources page and test the link and leave a message here if they could or could not gain access.  I will then make the appropriate notion on the page as to where it is a free or paid resource.
I tried it after signing out, and it appears to require an Ancestry account to see the pages from the book.

The non-Ancestry source has limited search capabilities online, but appears to be available through a good selection of libraries.
Thanks.  I will edit the page.

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