American Revolution Great Grandfathers
Finding my 10 Great Grandfathers who served in the American Revolution: Going up in Newville, Pa I was very familiar with the DAR marker in the entrance driveway of the Big Spring Presbyterian Church. I wasn’t familiar with Sons of the American Revolution.
There were family stories from my Great Grandmother Annie Maude Shreffler Harman about being related to President John Adams. Grandma Harman’s mother was Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” Adams, wife of Civil War Veteran, Lt. Henry Shreffler. I haven’t seen the proof as yet, but a cousin Patricia Boyer says she has traced the family lineage to the Adams.
Since 1989 I have been working on family genealogy off and on, that’s almost 30 years now. I have used Family Tree Maker to built my family tree, to track the family branches and really understand who my grandparents and hundred’s of cousins are. I have tried gleaning information from family members, but I was lucky to just get names of sons and daughters at times. Just a few cousins are really interested and we shared and exchanged information from time to time and the tree branches slowly built.
My introduction to FindAGrave.com
Then in October 2017, Ginger, McDermond, a Strohm branch cousin sent me a link to one of our great uncles on FindAGrave.com. I was not familiar with the site so started exploring it. I got the family genealogy bug really bad this time because I was finding information and links to the Strohm Family that I didn’t have and the tree grew. One of the neat things about FindAGrave.com is the generations links from an individual to parents and children, that’s if a contributor has built the links. I started clicking and just kept going on to new individuals, other family branches and more and more new people. So the pool of cousins has grown and grown to now by family trees has grown from about 1,000 individuals to over 4,000. So I have contributed family links on FindAGrave.com to grow the clicks backward and downward to family members. It is a great source of tombstone photos to confirm birth and death dates, names and sometimes military service.
FindAGrave.com only list deceased persons and links can only be added from children to parents. Photos can also be added to the memorials.
Finally making use of Ancestry.com
I’ve had an Ancestry.com tree link for many years where I could upload my family tree information to the Ancestry.com site. Over the years I have had a couple inquiries via Ancestry.com. I never used the site much because it is a pay service site. Late October 2018 I broke down and tried their 14-day free trial. Just as my trial was about to end they offered a deeply discounted plan for 6-months on Veteran’s Day, so I took advantage of it. It expires May 11, 2018 so I will wait till Memorial Day to see if there is another deep discount.
Ancestry’s site I have been using almost daily since mid-November 2017. I have definitely gotten my monies worth. I have pursed my interest in tracing grandparents and great uncles to served in the American Revolution. Growing up I was familiar with Lt. Henry Shreffler who served in the Civil War, but I wanted to go back further. Shreffler cousins had researched and found some information about Shrefflers who served in the American Revolution, so I started there. As I researched on Ancestry I found information on Revolutionary Service back the Strohm-Heffelinger line. I pursued Philip Heffelinger as my ancestor for my Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) application. A genealogy assistant from SAR reviewed and helped improve my application. In early December I submitted my application and it was approved on January 26, 2018. I am waiting for the notification and certificate of membership to arrive here in the Philippines.
Now the most amazing part of the story is that I have done all this research on line from here in Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines. The genealogy sites on the Internet are just amazing in the information you can find today. One caveat is check the information you find. Many people has click and add people and information without confirming it is the correct individual.
10 Great Grandfathers served in the American Revolution
My research to date has helped me find and prove 10 great grandfathers who served in the American Revolution. A fact I am very, very proud of. It’s become a passion to find a grandfather for each family branch who served in the American Revolution and the succeeding War of 1812.
On March 8, 2018 I picked up my membership letter and certificate at the Masinag Post Office, Antipolo.