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Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications, 1805-1845
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Massachusetts, 
United States
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Location of Massachusetts
Record Description
Record Type Military
Collection years 1805-1845
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Maine State Archives, Augusta, Maine


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

This collection includes records from 1805-1845.

Image of bounty land application files acquired from the Maine State Archives in Augusta for service in the Revolutionary War. The collection is arranged alphabetically.


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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 Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications, 1805-1845.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Bounty Land Applications

  • Name of veteran
  • Residence, town and county
  • Date of application
  • Description of military service

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor’s name
  • 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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  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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

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

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
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • 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 Massachusetts.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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