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Nevada, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
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Nevada, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Compiled Service Records
Record Group RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office
Collection years 1861-1865
Microfilm Publication M1789. Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldier who Served in Organizations from the Territory and State of Nevada. 16 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 300398423
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in the First Battalion Nevada Cavalry and the First Battalion Nevada Infantry from the Territory and State of Nevada, for the years 1861 to 1865. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:

  • Muster rolls
  • Returns
  • Rosters
  • Payrolls
  • Appointment books
  • Hospital registers
  • Union prison registers and rolls
  • Parole rolls
  • Inspection reports

For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier's surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s - 1917, and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M1789. Index courtesy of Fold 3 (previously Footnote.com).

Service records were kept for each soldier. Those records, or their abstracts, were compiled into individual files. Each envelope/jacket contains information and cross references to original records relating to the soldier. 

This index was created to provide quick access to compiled service records. The records are in individual files which usually include the following:

  • A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, rank, and the unit in which he served
  • A card (or cards) with abstracts of entries from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, parole rolls, and inspection reports
  • The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The index to these records contains the following:

  • Jacket name
  • Soldier’s full name and rank
  • Company and battalion in which served
  • Date and place of enlistment
  • Date when mustered-in
  • Year(s) of service
  • Birthplace and age
  • Occupation
  • Physical description
  • Date of discharge
  • Type of records in file
  • NARA publication number, title, and roll number

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The unit in which the soldier served
  • The place where the soldier resided

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Search for a military pension record for the solider
  • Search for vital records, such as birth, marriage, and death
  • Search the county for land and probate records
  • Search for additional military records filed in both the state and the county where the soldier lived

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Nevada.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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