Source Information

Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Revolutionary War Battalions and Militia Index, 1775-1783 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: Revolutionary War Battalions & Militia Index Cards. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

About Pennsylvania, Revolutionary War Battalions and Militia Index, 1775-1783

The database is a name index to the muster rolls of the Pennsylvania militia in Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution: Battalions and Line, 1775-1783 (1880), two volumes, and Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution: Associated Battalions and Militia, 1775-1783, two volumes, a series which reprints muster rolls and other documentation found in the Pennsylvania Archives, 2nd series, vols. 10, 11, 13, 14. If you are interested in a copy of the muster roll the individual served in, sometimes combined with documentation relating to the actions of his company or battalion, please click here.

Historical Background

Pennsylvania had several different orders of troops in the Revolutionary War era. These included associations, militia, and line troops. Associations were groups of local troops that assembled voluntarily. Associations were replaced by the state militia in 1777, which required most white males from ages 18 through 53 to enroll. Line troops were long-term, enlisted soldiers in the continental army.

What You Can Find in These Records

This database contains an index to Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution, 4 volumes. These books include rosters, muster rolls, histories, diaries, and other documents listing Pennsylvanian troops. The cards in this database list names, sometimes rank, and a volume and page reference to the source volume.