Project: 1776

Categories: 1776 Project | American Revolution | Military and War Project

See also 1776 Project Resource Page and 1776 Project Progress Page

Welcome to the 1776 Project
Part of the Military and War Project
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Membership Requirements:

To be a member of the American Revolutionary War (1776) Project you must:

  • Be a full member of WikiTree, having signed the Honor Code
  • Have been on WikiTree at least 30 days
  • Make at least 100 contributions to WikiTree prior to joining the project
  • All members must follow the Wikitree Honor Code and all relevant help and style pages and be willing to collaborate and cooperate with other members
  • Successfully complete the pre-1700 quiz
  • Submit your request to the G2G join thread (be sure to mark an answer, not a comment)

On Joining the project you must:

  • Add 1776 to the tags you follow
  • Request to join the Military and War Google Community which is how we communicate within the upper level project that this subproject belongs to. Please include your WikiTree ID. (optional but recommended)
  • Join at least one Team in the project
  • Review the main project page for all guidelines related to the project.
  • Make at least one contribution towards the project's goals every six months.
  • Respond to the annual check-in and to your team leader / coordinator.


The 1776 Project honors those who were involved in the American Revolutionary War in whatever capacity covering the time period from 1773 through 1789 by adding and improving their profiles on WikiTree. This covers from the Boston Tea Party, through the War for Independence, to the ratification of the United States Constitution by the Founding Fathers.

Individuals who had a significant impact on the Revolution should be included in the project and the template added to their profiles. These profiles include all of the Founding Fathers, notable military leaders and soldiers, and other notables. Loyalists and other citizens of other nations (to include Native American Tribes) should also be included if not part of anther project.

Profiles that do not carry the project template and are not project-managed should have added the project sticker (unless the profile manager objects).

Project Goals

  • Honor American Revolutionary War ancestors by connecting them and their families to the main WikiTree tree. These include all patriot, loyalist, Hessians, French, African Americans, Native Americans or any other person profile with a connection to the 1776 project.
  • Connect these profiles to the project by adding the appropriate project category and sticker to the profile.
  • Collaborate to improve project profiles through communicating via the Google Group or on G2G.
  • Ensure any duplicates are merged into the final lowest profile ID number.
  • Ensure that the biography is cleaned up, free of any GEDCOM junk, and ideally has a well-written biography.
  • Request project-protection from Paula J when appropriate.

Project recognition for profiles and members


The 1776 sticker can be added to the profile of any ancestor who served in the American Revolutionary War.

The American Revolution sticker will add the profile to a category by using the |unit= line on the sticker.

{{1776 Sticker Do not change this.
|image=Here you can change the default image to an alternative image.
|rank=Enter the rank (Ex. Sergeant) here. Please do not use abbreviations like Sgt.
|unit=Select the unit from the category page of existing units; if the unit named category does not already exist, please follow the categorization guidelines for creating it or ask for help. Please do not use abbreviations and no unit smaller than Regiment/Brigade. If Regiment or Brigade is not known, use a higher unit that you do know.

The easiest way to make sure that you have the correct unit name is to select one of the already existing units from the category pages. For example, if the unit is the 12th Regiment, Connecticut Militia, you would go to that unit's category page: 12th Regiment, Connecticut Militia, American Revolution and copy the full name of the unit appearing after "category:" In this case, for the sticker you would use "12th Regiment, Connecticut Militia, American Revolution."

If you are unsure of the unit name and you have time, you can ask for help in G2G by posting a question and adding the tag "1776." If you do not have time to wait for a reply, enter the unit name as best as you can but do not add the latter part of the category: "American Revolution." For example, if you think the unit name is "1st Mounted Regiment, New York Militia, American Revolution," but you can't find that category, then just enter the unit name as "1st Mounted Regiment, New York Militia." The profile will be added to a maintenance category and project volunteers will assist in creating the new category and matching unit name.

Most of the unit categories can be found on the American Revolution category page. Most of the units will fall into sub-categories of this page:

Continental Army
American Militia units
British military units in the American Revolutionary War

Other categories including Civil Service, Patriotic Service, Loyalists, United Empire Loyalists, and Founding Fathers can be coded specifically as seen the in table below. Note that the first and second sticker variants are the same differentiated only by the unit name and/or flag. In the table the sticker variant is for Revolutionary military members and the third variant is for Loyalist and British military members. This sticker variant (first or second example) can also be used for French Spanish military members.

Code used: Category added: Displays as:
{{1776 Sticker |unit=Pittsylvania County Militia, Virginia Militia, American Revolution }} Category:Pittsylvania County Militia, Virginia Militia, American Revolution
1776 Project
... ... ... ... served with Pittsylvania County Militia, Virginia Militia during the American Revolution.
{{1776 Sticker |image=Flags-3.jpg |unit= Major William Cunningham's Troop of Mounted Militia, Ninety-Six Brigade, American Revolution|image=Flags-3.jpg }} Category:Major William Cunningham's Troop of Mounted Militia, Ninety-Six Brigade, American Revolution
1776 Project
... ... ... ... served with Major William Cunningham's Troop of Mounted Militia, Ninety-Six Brigade during the American Revolution.
{{1776 Sticker|unit=Patriotic Service, Massachusetts, American Revolution}} Category:Patriotic Service, Massachusetts, American Revolution
1776 Project
... ... ... ... performed Patriotic Service in Massachusetts in the American Revolution.
{{1776 Sticker|unit=Civil Service, American Revolution}} Category:Civil Service, American Revolution
1776 Project
... ... ... ... was a Civil Servant in the American Revolution.
{{1776 Sticker|image=Flags-3.jpg |unit=Loyalists, American Revolution}} Category:Loyalists, American Revolution
1776 Project
... ... ... ... served with Loyalists during the American Revolution.
{{1776 Sticker|image=Flags-3.jpg |unit=United Empire Loyalists}} Category:United_Empire_Loyalists
1776 Project
... ... ... ... served with United Empire Loyalists during the American Revolution.
{{1776 Sticker |image=Thornton-1863-4.jpg |unit=American Founding Fathers}} Category:American Founding Fathers
1776 Project
... ... ... ... served with American Founding Fathers during the American Revolution.

Whenever in doubt, please contact the leaders of the project or the leaders of Military and War Project

Project Box

The Project Box should only be added by Project Leadership. If you would like to have a profile considered for Project Management, please contact SJ Baty.

To add the 1776 Project template to a profile or page, use the project box: {{1776 Project}}. You must always make sure that the project is one of the managers. Be sure to SAVE

You choose the most specific category THAT YOUR DOCUMENTATION SUPPORTS. Only the person who served is eligible for the project tag, i.e. No spouses or children.

You should have in the biography section something about the service of the Patriot if only at least that they served, along with of course the source of their service. Try to find the lowest possible category.

FIND YOUR CATEGORIES HERE: Category:American_Revolution

To assign an ancestor to the 1776 Project, You MUST use the {{1776 Project|category=xxx}} format, such as:


{{1776 Project|category=Virginia, American Revolution}}
{{1776 Project|category=Virginia Militia, American Revolution}}
{{1776 Project|category=Lincoln County Militia, Virginia Militia, American Revolution}}
Try to find the lowest possible category

{{1776 Project|category=Virginia Line, American Revolution}} For Those serving in the Virginia Line of the Continental Army
{{1776 Project|category=1st Virginia Regiment (1777), Continental Army, American Revolution}} For Those serving in the 1st Regt. of the Virginia Line of the Continental Army
Try to find the lowest possible category

{{1776 Project|category=Patriotic Service, American Revolution}} Rollup category for the states, profiles should only be added here if the State of service is unknown
{{1776 Project|category=Patriotic Service, Virginia, American Revolution}} For those who provided patriot service in Virginia.

Patriotic Service includes, but not limited to: Those who signed an Oath. Members of the Boston Tea Party, Furnishing a substitute for military service, Members of the Continental Congress, State Conventions, Assemblies, and County Committees, Service in the Spanish Troops, Service by French nationals, Those who rendered material aid such as furnishing supplies with or without reimbursement.

{{1776 Project|category=Civil Service, American Revolution}}

Includes people who were, under authority of Provisional or new State Governments:: State Officials, County and Town Officials (Town Clerk, Selectman, Juror, Town Treasurer, Judge, Sheriff, Constable, Jailer, Surveyor of Highways, Justice of the Peace, etc.)

{{​1776 Project|category=American Founding Fathers}}
{{1776 Project|category=Loyalists, American Revolution}} Those Loyalist who may have gone to Canada, the Bahamas or stayed in the USA, but are not ancestors of United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada members.
{{1776 Project|category=United Empire Loyalists}} Only for Loyalists who are ancestors of United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada members
{{1776 Project|category=Hessians, American Revolution}}

To assign only a category (and not the 1776 Project), such as adding an additional category to an ancestor’s profile, use the [[Category:xxx]] format. For example:
[[Category:NSSAR Patriot Ancestors, American Revolution]]
[[Category:Society of the Cincinnati, American Revolution]]
[[Category:Sons of Liberty, American Revolution]]

NOTE: Some of the categories on the American_Revolution list do not need the American Revolution delimiter. For example, [[:Category:Battle of King%27s Mountain]] comes up in a red color if you use the American Revolution. If your category comes up red, try deleting the American Revolution part of the code.

In practical application, for example, for James Vogan, you might code him (above the == Biography == section) as:​ ​{{1776 Project|category=Pennsylvania, American Revolution}}​ because you know he was an Ensign from Pennsylvania, but don't know his military unit.

For Stukely Westcott, I would code him as {{1776 Project|category=Rhode Island, American Revolution}}​ because I know he was a Sergeant from Rhode Island, but I don't know his military unit.​ If we knew he was in the Rhode Island Militia, we would code him {{1776 Project|category=Rhode Island Militia, American Revolution}}​.

You only use one category with the {{1776 Project}} attached. You can add as many other Category:American_Revolution without the {{1776 Project}} as your profile fits.

SAR and DAR Templates

​Many people will get their information from the DAR (Genealogical Research System Database) and have to include the ​== ​Source​ ==​ citation approved by the DAR. That code is {{DAR-grs|Axxxxx|Patriot’s Name|Date the record was accessed}}

If you need to add a note or an explanation you can use this format:

{{DAR-grs|Axxxxx|Patriot’s Name|Date the record was accessed}} Note: add note here.

Separate from the DAR Source citation, you can also apply the NSSAR template and add their insignia in a separate box.
The NSSAR code is: {{NSSAR Patriot Ancestor|sar-number = P-xxxxxx |rank = Sergeant}} and it should be placed just below the == Biography == section.

You can search here to discover your Patriot's SAR-number. Patriot and Grave Index It will be something like P12345 for example, and may be different than the SAR ancestor number.


Volunteer Task List

If you are looking for ways to help, here are a few ideas!

Thanks for all your help!


Acceptable Documentation*

Published military records, compiled military service records, papers of the Continental Congress, Records of military and other service from state and county accounts. Contemporary letters from the persons serving, or from someone receiving the information directly from the person who performed the service. Some state & local histories when service is documented, same applies to websites, especially Wikipedia. The DAR GRS [DAR Search website].

Unacceptable Documentation*

Family genealogies stating that a person performed Revolutionary War service are not acceptable as proof. A grave marked as that of a Revolutionary soldier not acceptable as proof of service. Do not cite the old DAR Patriot Indexes or Magazines as patriots may have been removed. The SAR is NOT proof of service.

  • These are guidelines only and good genealogical practice.

Related Projects

Profile Examples

WikiTree Help Pages

Remember a lot of questions can be answered by referring to the help pages.

Relevant Category Links

1776 Project Resource Page

1776 Researchers Willing to Help

  • SJ Baty is available to help research connections and Revolutionary War ancestors.
  • Deb Singer is willing to help with connection with American Revolution Soldiers and family.
  • Lauren is a registered genealogist with familiarity of those who served in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, though can likely help with other ancestors who served in the Union Army. Happy to help with profile development and direct links to records in National Archives / State Archives.

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