The Revolutionary War lasted for eight long years, beginning with the battle between British troops and local Massachusetts militia at Lexington and Concord, Mass., on 19 April 1775, and ending with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. If your family tree in America stretches back to this time period, it is likely you can claim descendancy from at least one ancestor who had some type of service related to the Revolutionary War effort. Boys as young as 16 were allowed to serve, so any male ancestors who were between the ages of 16 and 50 between 1776 and 1783 are potential candidates. Women also participated, often accompanying their husbands to battle. Not everyone served in a military capacity, but helped – by providing goods, supplies, or non-military service.
Shelley McFadden began her family genealogical research in 1980’s. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii. Shelley has served as a past President of the Monterey County Genealogical Society, and as Vice President for Programs. She is a member of the Commodore Sloat Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.
“Although some things are forgotten because they are unimportant, others lose importance because they are forgotten.” – Rebecca Lemov
Don’t forget your ancestors.