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A Research Guide: From the Secondary Source to the Primary Source

Military Sources

Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolution

Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the American Revolution was compiled from the official records by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This source lists the men (and at least one woman listed under an assumed name) who served in the American Revolution from Massachusetts. The twenty-seven volumes of names are listed in alphabetical order. Therefore, in order to locate the names of all of the individuals who served at the Battle of Bunker Hill, you would have to systematically go through twenty-seven volumes of listings.

Each entry includes the hometown, occupation, age, rank, enlistment information and service record of the soldier listed. It is the best source of information for soldiers who served in the American Revolution, but still does not provide conclusive answers to who did or didn't serve in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Research Activity - Bunker Hill -- Gathering Biographical Information

Using the List of Reference Sources in this guide, locate two biographical sketches of each of the individuals from the List of Documents in the online exhibit. You may want to begin by checking the names of several individuals in the Abridged Biography and Genealogy Master Index. Is there more biographical information about some of the individuals than there are for others? Compare two different sketches for one individual and explain how each is different or the same.

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