Sunday, January 15, 2006

NEW: Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files Microfilm

Tired of traveling? Washington crossing the Delaware
The State Library of North Carolina’s Genealogical Services is very pleased to announce that the microfilmed Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files are now available for research in the State Library.

This National Archives and Records Administration microfilm (series M804) records in their entireties 80,000 files of applications or other records pertaining to claims to the U.S. government for Revolutionary pensions and bounty-land warrants.

The 2670 reels constitute one of the richest sources of genealogical and historical information for the Revolutionary era. Although the subscription database HeritageQuest now offers the option to “Search Revolutionary War,” its source is NARA’s Selected Records from these application files, which in comparison number only 898 reels of microfilm.

The microfilm is available in the State Library Information Center on the First Floor of the Archives and History/State Library Building, Monday-Friday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). On Saturdays (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.) staff will retrieve it for use in Genealogical Services on the West Mezzanine.

North Carolina residents may also request this microfilm via interlibrary loan at their local public library. Researchers in North Carolina will no longer have to drive to find this resource, or wait for photocopies ordered from the National Archives to arrive.

For further information about the Revolutionary pension microfilm, please call Genealogical Services at 919-807-7460 or visit the State Library at 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh.

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