Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications, 1835-1838
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|Location of Maine|
|Maine State Archives, Augusta.|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Related Digital Books
- 7 Related FamilySearch Catalog Collections
- 8 Citing This Collection
- 9 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
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
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
Bounty Land Applications
- Name of veteran
- Birthplace 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
How Do I Search This Collection?
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
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- Click Search to show possible matches
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How Do I Analyze the Results?
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?
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?
- 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?
- 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.)
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Maine.
- Maine Guided Research
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
- Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestor
Related Digital Books
- Names of Soldiers Who Applied for State Bounty Lands
- Soldiers, Sailors and Patriots of the Revolutionary War
Related FamilySearch Catalog Collections
Citing This Collection
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