Project: 1776

Categories: 1776 Project | Military and War Project

Welcome to the 1776 Project



The 1776 Project honors those who were involved in the early history of the United States of America, circa 1773 through 1789, by adding and improving their profiles on 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 recruitment 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 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, African Americans, 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.
  • Request project-protection when appropriate. Please keep in mind that requirement #4 says, "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."

Categorization Instructions

We use the following basic category structure:

<country or state>, <war> for each country that is involved
<service branch>, <war> for each military branch of the <country> that is involved in the war
<unit>, <service branch>, <war> down to the regiment/equivalent size, depending on the specific war/period, other size units might be included.

You choose the most specific category your documentation supports. You usually only use one category, so you can choose from one of the following examples, or from any of the battles and topics on this page.

For example, you could choose the most accurate/specific of the following military categories:

. American Revolution
... United States of America, American Revolution
..... Continental Army, American Revolution
..... Connecticut, American Revolution
....... Connecticut Line, American Revolution
......... 1st Connecticut Provincial Regiment (1775), Continental Army, American Revolution
......... 2nd Connecticut Provincial Regiment (1775), Continental Army, American Revolution
....... Connecticut Militia, American Revolution
......... 11th Regiment of Militia, Connecticut Militia, American Revolution
..... Georgia, American Revolution
.........1st Georgia Regiment (1775), Continental Army, American Revolution
......... 2nd Georgia Regiment (1776), Continental Army, American Revolution
....... Georgia Militia, American Revolution
..... Continental Navy, American Revolution
....... Continental Navy Ships, American Revolution
......... USS Bonhomme Richard (1765), Continental Navy, American Revolution
....... Continental Marines, American Revolution
... Great Britain, American Revolution
..... British Army, American Revolution
....... 1st Regiment of Foot, British Army, American Revolution
..... British Navy, American Revolution
... France, American Revolution
... Spain, American Revolution

For more categories see

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.

To assign an ancestor to the 1776 Project and a category, use the {{1776|category=xxx}} format, such as:
{{1776|category=Continental Army, American Revolution}}
{{​1776|category=American Founding Fathers}}
​{{​1776|category=Great Britain, American Revolution}}
{{1776|category=United States of America, American Revolution}} See above for military examples
{{1776|category=Patriots, American Revolution}}
{{1776|category=Civil Service, American Revolution}}
{{1776|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|category=United Empire Loyalists, American Revolution}} Only for Loyalists who are ancestors of United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada members
{{1776|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]]

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

For, I would code him as {{1776|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|category=Rhode Island Militia, American Revolution}}​.

SAR and DAR Templates

​Most 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}}

Separate from the DAR Source citation which goes in the == Sources == section, 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 above 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.

If you have questions, please contact Kitty Cooper-1 Smith or Michael Stills-18. Thank you!

Relevant Category Links

American Revolution

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

Roberts, James A. New York in the Revolution as Colony and State. 2nd Ed. (Albany, N.Y.: Press of Brandow Printing Company, 1898).

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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