Revolutionary War Graves Register 2000
By Steve Paul Johnson, August 6, 2000
The SAR Revolutionary War Graves Register
2000 is a database containing burial records of those who participated
in the American Revolution. Nearly 140,000 records in all of soldiers,
sailors, civilians, and in some cases their spouses, is provided
on a single CD-ROM. The information was compiled by the Sons of
the American Revolution (SAR) and licensed for distribution to Progeny
The database is actually the second
revision of the original database produced in 1998. This 2000 edition,
which was released for purchase on April 24, 2000, includes all
69,000 records from the previous database, plus an additional 71,000.
About the Database
At a Glance
Contains: About 140,000 burial and spousal records
from the Revolutionary War era.
Compiled by: The Sons of the American Revolution
Requirements: 486 CPU or better, minimum of 8Mb of
RAM, Windows 95, 98, NT, or 2000.
Where to Purchase: Progeny
The SAR has been researching the burial
locations of Revolutionary War participants since its inception
in the 19th century. In 1993, the first publication of this information
was released in book form. In 1998, the same information was released
The War Graves Committee, a group assembled
by the SAR to compile burial records, submitted forms to all SAR
members asking them to provide burial information of their revolutionary
ancestors. The Committee also compiled information from tombstones,
diaries, and letters, and received assistance from genealogical
organizations. By 1993, burial records for some 54,000 Revolutionary
War participants were compiled, and supplemented with records for
15,000 spouses, bringing a total of 69,000 records.
In an effort to greatly expand the
database for the 2000 edition, the Committee extracted burial records
from Annual Reports filed by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
For many years, the DAR has been filing these reports with the United
States Congress. Since 1901 these reports have been published as
Senate Documents, and disseminated by the Government Printing Office.
Persons represented in the database
include those living in the original 13 colonies, including those
in the later states of Maine and Vermont. There are female patriots
and African-Americans. There are also records of those who died
outside the United States, including Canada and France.
New to the 2000 edition are some 300
records of Louisiana soldiers who fought with Bernardo de Galvez
and some 200 Spanish soldiers who were buried in the missions and
presidios of California. The Spanish King had declared war on England
in 1779. The SAR considers the descendants of these soldiers as
eligible for membership.
The Committee asks the public at large
who has knowledge of revolutionary burials to come forward and share
it with them. Information can be submitted online from their website
Using the Database
|The Name List - Click to enlarge
I inserted the CD-ROM into my laptop.
I have a Pentium III 600Mhz with 128Mb of RAM, and a DVD Drive.
Everything seemed to install just fine. Progeny says that your
computer must have at least a 486 CPU or better and at least 8Mb
of hard drive space. Windows 95, 98, NT, or 2000 is required.
A Macintosh version is not yet available.
The actual database itself does not
get installed on your computer. Instead, a browsing application
called Family Explorer is installed. Family Explorer
will browse, search, and print records from the CD-ROM. Its
also the same application used on other Progeny products.
|The Family Group view - Click to enlarge
Upon running Family Explorer for the
first time, you are presented with the Help File containing instructions
for using it. Closing the help file, you are presented with the
The Names List is simply the list of
records found on the CD-ROM. You can page down through the list
and browse all the records. Some records are listed with the surname
in all caps; these are persons involved in the Revolution. Names
in small caps are spouses. Double-clicking on a record displays
the Family Group View, which shows all the details for the person,
including the dates, spouses, burial location, rank, and source.
You can choose to print an individual record.
|The Search Form.
Rather than paging down through the
records, use the Go To feature to advance forward or
backward in database. You can type in a name, either the whole
name, or a portion of the name. I typed in Pat and
was taken to PATALIER, Joseph, the first record that
matched it, and below it were all the subsequent records.
Family Explorer comes with very powerful
querying features. You can search on virtually any field, including
a sounds like search. I ran a search for all records
where the surname sounded like Kincaid. The results
displayed in just 5 seconds. It came back with 31 records, and
included surnames CONGDON, KINCADE, KINCAID,
and KINKEAD. I also ran a search for all records where
the burial location included the word mission. I wanted
to see all the burials at the California Missions. This search
took about 30 seconds to complete, but came back with 173 results.
About the SAR
National Society of the Sons of the
American Revolution is a non-profit organization consisting
of people descended from Revolutionary War participants. Originally
started in 1889, it was chartered by an act of Congress in 1906,
and signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who himself was a member.
Thirteen other American Presidents have claimed membership, as well
as members of Congress, the Supreme Court, five star generals, and
locally elected officials. The SAR uses its resources to celebrate
patriotism, freedom, respect for national symbols, and the value
The SAR War Graves Database appears
to be a highly valuable and reputable source of Revolutionary War
burials. The Family Explorer application provides powerful browse
and search capabilities. At a price of $29.95, it becomes an inexpensive
tool that should remain useful in a genealogist's arsenal.
While the database does indeed contain
records of spouses, there does not appear to be any burial information
recorded. Dates and place of burial is not indicated. Thus, they
are really only spousal records, and not burial records. Still however,
a very valuable piece of information.
The database can be purchased from
Software, or by calling them at (800) 565-0018.
- Steve Paul Johnson
Steve is the editor of The Cemetery Column, and webmaster
of Cemetery Records Online.