• Yorktown Battlefield

    Yorktown Battlefield

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:I believe that I had an ancestor who fought during the
American Revolution. How can I get information about

A: Colonial National Historical Park has limited resources available for genealogical research in our library. We do not conduct genealogical research. However, the National Archives is the best place to search for information about your Revolutionary War ancestor. If you wish to order copies of veteran’s records please contact the National Archives :

National Archives & Records Administration, Old Military and Civil Records (NWCTB-Military), Textual Services Division, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20408-0001

Note: If you are doing genealogical research, you will need the forms NATF 86 for Military Service Records, and NATF 85 for Military Pension/Bounty Land Warrant Applications.

Did You Know?

Nelson House in Yorktown

Thomas Nelson, Jr., is one of Yorktown's most famous residents. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, served as Governor of Virginia in 1781, and commanded the Virginia militia during the 1781 siege of his hometown. His home still bears damage from the bombardment during the siege.