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Below is a brief  history lesson to help find ancestors who may have participated in one of the Wars that America has been involved in.

Use the dates to deteremine if your ancestor could have participated in the Conflict, then check the listed websites to find if you ancestor is listed.

I included brief histories from Wikipedia and links to websites that contain additional research information.


1756 - 1763

French and Indian War (also known as Seven Years' War or the British Conquest or the War of the Conquest):

French and Indian War : From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The French and Indian War was the nine-year North American chapter of the Seven Years' War. The conflict resulted in the British acquiring Canada, while Spain gained Louisiana (New France) in compensation for its loss of Florida to the British. French administrative presence in North America was almost completely removed and the Aboriginal people of North America were decimated, pacified, or moved farther west.

Although scholars, such as Fred Anderson, generally refer to all facets of the conflict as the Seven Years' War, the conflict is traditionally referred to as the French and Indian War in the United States, as it is seen from the perspective of British American forces fighting against French forces and their Algonquin and Huron allies in North America. (British and British American forces had allied with the Iroquois.) In Britain, France, and Canada, the designation French and Indian War is nearly unknown: English Canada, France, and Britain typically refer to the war as the Seven Years' War (1756–1763), dating the war not from the start of actual fighting in North America, but rather from the official declaration of war in Europe. French Canadians refer to it both as la Guerre des sept ans and the Guerre de la conquête (War of the Conquest) since it is the war in which Canada was conquered by the British and became part of the British Empire. Because of Quebec provincial regulations on Canada-Quebec history curriculum in high school , Anglo-Quebecers also refer to it as The War of the Conquest. In Ontario, it is now increasingly also referred to as "The War of the Conquest," or just "The Conquest." In Britain, it is simply regarded as the most important theatre of the Seven Years' War.

This Website focuses on the French side of this war:

We currently have the Veterans' Grave Registrations for two soldiers:

ABBOTT, John, Private, Born February 4, 1733 in Bedford, MA, Died November 7, 1756 at Lake George, NY. He died of Disease and is buried in the Old Burial Ground, Bedford, MA, Lot 8, Grave 8. He served in the Bedford Volunteer Infantry from 1754 to November 27, 1756.

BANCROFT, Timothy, Born 1709, Died November 21, 1772 in Dunstable, MA He is buried in the Little Cemetery, Dunstable, MA, Lot 3, Row 4.

1775 - 1783

American Revolution:

Sons of the American Revolution

Revolutionary War GravesCommittee

Patriot Service Lookup



1812 - 1815

War of 1812:

The War of 1812: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The War of 1812 was fought between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and its colonies in British North America (see Upper Canada and Lower Canada) from 1812 to 1815 on land and sea. The Americans had hoped for a quick win as Britain was at war with Napoleon. Despite several notable successes by US frigates and the menace of American privateers to British trade, the Royal Navy established a strict blockade of American trade causing economic hardship; on land the US invasion was repulsed and British forces counterattacked across the border burning Washington and occupying Maine, but unsuccessfully attacking some well defended major cities. The war ended with the Treaty of Ghent, restoring North America to status quo ante bellum.

Some histories refer to this war as the "War of 1812–14", using the date of the peace treaty as the ending date of the war.

We currently have the Veterans' Grave Registrations for two soldiers:

AMES, John, Born 1774. He died in 1849. He is buried in the Oakland Cemetery, Dracut, MA, Lot 21.

ADAMS, William (Jr.), Captain, Born 1791 Chelmsford, MA, Died March 12, 1851 Chelmsford, MA. He died of Natural Causes and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery, North Chelmsford, MA, Lot 192.


1846 - 1848

Mexian-American War:

The Mexican-American War: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Mexican–American War was a military conflict fought between the United States and Mexico in the years 1846 to 1848.

The war arose from the competing claims to Texas by Mexico and the United States in the wake of the U.S. annexation of Texas in 1845. Mexico had always refused to recognize the loss of Texas in 1836 and announced its intention to take back what it considered a rebel province. In the United States, the war was a partisan issue, supported by most Democrats and opposed by most Whigs. Popular belief in the Manifest Destiny of America ultimately translated into public support for the war. In Mexico, the war was considered a matter of national pride.

The most important consequence of the war was the Mexican Cession, in which the Mexican territories of California and New Mexico were ceded to the United States. American politics entered several years of heated debate over slavery in the new territories, finally resolved by the Compromise of 1850. In Mexico, the enormous loss of territory which resulted from the war encouraged the central government to enact policies to colonize its northern territories as a hedge against further losses.

In the U.S., the war is sometimes called the Mexican War. In Mexico, it is called la intervención norteamericana (the North American Intervention) [1] or la guerra del 47 (the War of '47). This list soldiers that were killed or wounded by Battle.  They are requesting grave registration information.

We currently have the Veterans' Grave Registrations for one soldier:

BILLINGS, Samuel, Died February 12, 1885. He is buried in the Edson Cemetery, Lowell, MA, Lot 66, Range 100.


1861 - 1865

American Civil War:

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

National GravesRegistration Project


Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System

National Park Service


Civil War Rosters – Arranged by State




Spanish American War:

The Spanish-American War: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Spanish-American War took place in 1898 and resulted in the United States gaining control over the former colonies of Spain in the Caribbean and Pacific. The US lost 379 troops in combat and over 5,000 to disease. As a result of the war, Cuba would be declared independent in 1902.

The National Spanish American War Gravesite Recording Project


We currently have the Veterans' Grave Registrations for many soldiers:

Go to the home page and following the links for the Veterans' Grave Regisstrations.


1914 - 1918

World War I:



1939 - 1945

World War II: