The Historical Significance of Patriots’ Day

Posted April 18, 2011 by Geni | 2 Comments

The third Monday of April is Patriots’ Day — a holiday in Massachusetts and Maine that marks the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. 236 years ago, the shot heard ’round the world was fired, and that started the battles of Lexington and Concord. Today, we commemorate all of the people who risked everything for the freedom of all Americans. If you’re interested in learning more about the people that took part in the American Revolution, you can get started by taking a look at the American Revolutionary War Project:

Most interestingly, there are quite a few interesting familial connections between the notables of the American Revolution.

For example, Generals George Washington and Joseph Warren are 10th cousins once removed. Here’s how:

I bet you didn’t know Samuel Adams and King George III were 15th cousins.

That’s pretty neat. The best part of having the world family tree is that anyone who is connected to it has the ability to find out how they’re related to great figures in history. How are you related to Paul Revere? What about Ben Franklin or Thomas Jefferson? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post, or by tweeting us @geni.

Not connected to the world family tree, but you really want to find out how you’re related to the founding fathers? No problem. Take a look at our Genealogy Resources pages for some great tools for working on your family tree.

As you can see, the genealogy of members of the American Revolution is quite alive and vibrant. With a little bit of time and effort, you can find documents that show what your relatives were doing during the revolution. If you have any interesting stories about your ancestor, we’d be very interested in hearing about it, and featuring it on the blog. Feel free to contact me with your story.