Establishing your blood ties to a Revolutionary War soldier can be thrilling, time consuming, and may afford you the opportunity to join a heritage society such as the Sons of the American Revolution or the Daughters of the American Revolution. There are other fraternal and social organizations that only accept members who can prove through documentary evidence that they are descended from a patriot or Loyalist. Materials in the Beaufort District Collection as well as in our branch libraries can help you work your ancestral line. In order to do ancestral research properly, you must make accurate notes of the work you've done. Might we suggest these sources:
DAR Patriot Index REF 929 DAR (BEA, HHI)
African American and American Indian Patriots of the Revolutionary War REF 973.344 AFR (BEA)
Stub Entries to Indents issued in payments of Claims against South Carolina growing out of the Revolution SC REF 929.3 STU (BDC)
South Carolina Loyalists in the American Revolution by Robert Lambert SC REF 973.314 LAM (BDC, HHI)
South Carolinians in the Revolution by Sara Ervin SC REF 973.3457 ERV (BDC, HHI)
Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution by Bobby Moss SC REF 973.3457 MOS (BDC)
Anecdotes of the Revolutionary War in America by Alexander Garden SC REF 973.3457 (BDC)
Traditions and Reminiscences by Joseph Johnson 973.38 Joh (BDC, HH)
Accounts Audited of Claims Growing out of the Revolution MICROFILM (BDC)
Records of the South Carolina Treasury, 1775-1780 MICROFILM (BDC)
South Carolina Tax Returns, 1783-1800 MICROFILM (BDC)
Please remember that although there are genealogical materials in the BDC, we are primarily an historical collection. We'll do our best to assist you in working your family lines through the resources we make available, but you have to do your own research and follow where the clues take you.
The Beaufort District Collection is a division of the Beaufort County Library, a department of Beaufort County Government of South Carolina.