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Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications, 1835-1838
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Maine, 
United States
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Location of Maine
Record Description
Record Type Military
Collection years 1835-1838
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Archive
Maine State Archives, Augusta.


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes records from 1835-1838.

Applications for state bounty land from the Maine land office acquired from the Maine State Archives in Augusta for service in the Revolutionary War. Maine was part of Massachusetts during the war.The collection is arranged alphabetically by folders. Each folder has multiple images for each individual.


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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications, 1835-1838.

When looking at images be sure to look at all the images in each folder for that individual.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Bounty Land Applications

  • Name of veteran
  • Birth place and birth date
  • Residence, town and county
  • Date of enlistment
  • Date of application
  • Detailed description of military service
  • Letters testifying of/by soldiers, some detailed

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the soldier
  • Other identifying information such as residence, at the time of application in Maine
  • Military unit or units from the Revolutionary War
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Surname Range, Box Number to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date from the date of the application
  • Use the soldier's age and residence to find his family in census, church, and land records
  • Use the military service information to obtain a copy of history service and pension file
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit
  • If your ancestor used multiple names throughout their life, look for all their names
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the names
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the records of nearby localities (or military unties, counties, parishes, etc.)

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Maine.

Related Digital Books[edit | edit source]

Related FamilySearch Catalog Collections[edit | edit source]

Maine Land Office Veterans' Land Records

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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Image Citation:
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