Illinois Territory in the War of 1812
Online Resources[edit | edit source]
- United States, War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815 at FamilySearch.org — index & images
- United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910 at FamilySearch.org — index & images
- War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815 at Fold3.com — images, ($)
- War of 1812 Pension Files at Fold3.com — images, ($)
- U.S., War of 1812 Papers, 1789-1815 at Ancestry.com — index & images, ($)
- Illinois Veterans of the War of 1812 at Illinois State Archives — index
- U.S., War Bounty Land Warrants, 1789-1858 at Ancestry.com — index & images, ($)
- Descendant Members of the District of Columbia Society at FamilySearch.org — digital book
- Welcome to ILLINOIS WAR of 1812 Society at Illinois 1812 War Society — links to databases
Introduction[edit | edit source]
During the War of 1812, the Illinois Territory furnished 1,303 infantry men, 1,005 cavalry men, and 49 men in miscellaneous troops for a total of 2,357.
State Records[edit | edit source]
- The Illinois Secretary of State web site provides a searchable database for Illinois Veterans of the War of 1812.
Bounty Land[edit | edit source]
Veterans were offered a total of 6 million acres of bounty land in Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, and later, Missouri. Starting in 1852 bounty land warrants were also awarded outside these assigned districts.
Bounty land applications and warrants for the Revolutionary War and some warrants for the War of 1812 have been microfilmed. They are available at the Family History Library and are described in this set of Wiki pages for those wars. For more information about bounty land records, the following sources will be helpful:
- Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives. Rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Record Administration, 1985. (FHL 973 A3usn 1985.) See chapter 8.
- Hone, E. Wade. Land and Property Research in the United States. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997. (FHL book 973 R27h.) See chapter 9, pages 115–26.
- Land Warrants U.S. War Bounty Land Warrants, 1789-1858, can be found on Ancestry.com ($). This data base contains bounty land warrants issued to veterans of the War of 1812, between 1815-1858.
- War of 1812 Bounty Lands in Illinois. Thomson, Illinois: Heritage House, 1977. (FHL book 977.3 R2w; film 1035624 item 7; fiche 6051272) A reprint of Lands in Illinois to Soldiers of Late War. (26th Congress, 1st Session, 1840. House Doc. 262.) These records are arranged by date and include number of warrant, name of patentee, rank, description of the tract, and to whom delivered.
Service Records[edit | edit source]
- Illinois Military Records contains Military Records for all Wars from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War.
- Illinois War of 1812 Veterans. Includes index of Illinois militiamen listed on War of 1812 muster rolls, originally published in Adjutant General's 1882 report. Photocopies available upon request from Illinois State Archives.
- War of 1812 Service Records is a database on Ancestry.com ($) that gives name, company, rank at time of induction and at time of discharge of men mustered into the armed forces between 1812 and 1825. Also at FamilySearch.org, index & images.
- U.S., War of 1812 Papers, 1789-1815 is a collection of a variety of papers on Ancestry.com ($) relating to the War of 1812.
Pension Records[edit | edit source]
- War of 1812 Pension Files is database on Ancestry.com ($) that contains War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index. Also at United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910, index & images.
- 1883 Federal Pension Roll by County in Illinois. Contains some names of those who filed for pension in different counties. The information contains a list of Pensioners on the Roll, giving the name of each pensioner, the cause for which pensioned, the post-office address, the rate of pension per month and the date of original allowance, as called for by Senate Resolution of December 8, 1882.
- Fold3 contains an incomplete digitized record of the War of 1812 Pension files. They can be viewed at Illinois War of 1812 Pension Files. Alphabetical by surname. Shows entire pension file for those digitized.
Roll of Honor[edit | edit source]
- Free digital images are available in Illinois State Archives. They include War of 1812 veterans. Searchable by name.
Societies[edit | edit source]
- Illinios War of 1812 Becentnial Commision features brief history of Illinois involvement, selective militia roster, links to war of 1812 websites of other states, and commemorative events.
- Descendant Members of the District of Columbia Society contains registers for eight states and District of Columbia. Descendant Members of the Illinois Society identifies veteran and veteran ancestor by name, his rank, unit in which he served, dates of service, etc. Illinois Society on page 179.
Important National and International Sources[edit | edit source]
- United States in the War of 1812 has lists of records, books, etc. for the United States, not just one state. The federal records are listed here rather than on each state page. Two of the most important are:
- FamilySearch Historical Records Collection On line Database: United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910
- FamilySearch Historical Records Collection On line Database: United States, War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815
- War of 1812, 1812 to 1815 has lists of general books and documentaries, as well as a list battles with links to web sites about the battles, and other information not tied to one country.
References[edit | edit source]
- Wesley Potter Kremer. 100 Great Battles of the Rebellion;...Also, All the Battles of the Revolution, War of 1812-5, Mexican War, Indian Battles, American-Spanish War, and Naval Battles.(Hoboken, N.J.: s.n., 1906), p. 326. href="http://archive.org/stream/100greatbattleso00krem#page/326/mode/2up" Internet Archive.