Project: 1776

Categories: 1776 Project | Military and War Project | NSSAR Patriot Ancestors

Welcome to the 1776 Project



The 1776 Project honors our ancestors who were involved in the early history of the United States of America, circa 1773 through 1789, by adding their profiles to WikiTree. This time period covers the Boston Tea Party, through the War for Independence, to the ratification of the United States Constitution by our Founding Fathers.

Loyalists welcome :)

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Current Leaders: Kitty Smith and Michael Stills

For a full list of participants, see the badge report.

If you would like to be involved in the 1776 project, please do the following:

  1. Add 1776 to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.
  2. Answer our recuitment thread on G2G and we'll get you set up with a 1776 Project badge and information on participating.
  3. Be sure to read below to see what special guidelines might come along with being a member of the project.


Honoring your American Revolutionary War ancestors by connecting them and their families to the main WikiTree tree and adding the appropriate project box to their profile. These include all patriot, loyalist, Hessians, French, Native Americans or any other person profile with a connection to the 1776 project. They should have the 1776 project box and be linked to an appropriate project category.

Task List

  • Add your ancestor and their family to WikiTree.
  • Add the appropriate Project Box to their profile.
  • Add the appropriate template(s) such as the SAR template or DAR source template.
  • Add any relevant categories as appropriate.
  • 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.
  • Requesting Project-Protected Profiles when appropriate.

Project Box and Templates

1776 Project Boxes

There are two project boxes available for use for the 1776 Project. One for Military Veterans and one for Patriotic Service. Both look like this: Template:1776


Military Veterans, please add the following code at the top of the edit box:

{{1776|category=American Revolution Veterans}}

Note: This Project Box also adds the Patriot to the American Revolution Veterans Category.

Patriotic Service (Non Military, paid Taxes, Supplied Beef, etc) please add the following code at the top of the edit box:


Once you have added the appropriate Project Box, please contact Kitty Smith or Michael Stills to have your Patriot Project Protected if appropriate.

The 4th requirement for Project Protection states:
Four: They must be controversial or duplicated

Project protection should be used only when profiles need protection — because they are commonly shared, frequently duplicated, subject to confusion, etc.

There must be some sort of controversy or duplication problem, or reasonable expectation that there will be.

SAR and DAR Templates

Addtionally there are two lineage society Templates you can add to your Patriot if they are found in either the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) or the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR).

NSSAR: add the SAR template at the top of the edit box. This template adds the SAR insignia to the Patriot's profile.

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

You can search here to discover your Patriot's SAR-number. Patriot Grave and Index

It will be something like P12345 for example, and may be different than the SAR ancestor number.

The result will look like this:
SAR insignia This profile is about an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
Rank: Private

NSDAR: add the DAR template to the Sources section of the Patriots Profile. The DAR has prohibited the use of their insignia, so we have arranged for a link to their site by use of a source citation.

Enter this code in the Sources section of the Profile Edit Box. This source citation may also be added to the Sources section of patriot wives, children or descendants if the information was obtained from the DAR Genealogical Research System Database.

{{DAR-grs|AXXXXXX|PATRIOT'S NAME |Month Day, Year}}

To complete this format, enter the Patriot's database number (AXXXXXX) and Replace the Patriot's name, and today's date.

For example,

{{DAR-grs|A105362|Ethan Smith|January 20, 2017}} will display as:

Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed January 20, 2017), "Record of Ethan Smith", Ancestor # A105362.

You can search the DAR by accessing their Genealogical Research System Database

Relevant Category Links

American Revolution

American Revolution Veterans

Major Conflicts

American Revolution British Generals

American Revolution Loyalists

American Founding Fathers

American Revolution Hessians

Sons of the American Revolution Patriot Ancestors

Society of the Cincinnati

Sons of Liberty

The Thirteen Colonies

Military and War Project

On-Line Resources:

1840 Census of Pensioners Revolutionary or Military Services (free)

The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition founding editor, Theodore J. Crackel

Sons of the American Revolution search page search page main page

Kitty's Library

Historical Place Names

Virginia soldiers of 1776 Vol 1 & 2 Names of soldiers and genealogical info.

Goodrich, John E, The State of Vermont, Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War 1775 to 1783, The Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vermont, 1904.

Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the Revolutionary War, Wright & Potter Printing Company, Boston, 1896. Seventeen volumes!

Volume I A-Bery
Volume II Bese-Byxbe
Volume III Caal-Cory
Volume IV Cose-Dryer
Volume V Duarell-Foys
Volume VI Frauer-Gypson
Volume VII Haagg-Hixson
Volume VIII Hmlen-Jypson
Volume XI Kable-Lsubon
Volume X Luaas-Mopsy
Volume XI Mor-Pazel
Volume XII Peabadey-Razey
Volume XIII Rea-Seymr
Volume XIV Sha-Sthenfield
Volume XV Stibbens-Tozer
Volume XVI Tracey-Wheylon
Volume XVII Whicher-Zyranius

Background: Journal of the American Revolution

Southern Campaigns Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters via a G2G comment by Liz Shifflet

WikiTree Resources

Remember a lot of questions can be answered by referring to the help pages link at the top right of pages.

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