United States, Mexican War Index and Service Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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United States Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848
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|Record Type||Compiled Military Service Records|
|Record Group||RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s-1917|
|Microfilm Publication||M616. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War. 41 rolls.|
|Arrangement||Alphabetical by surname|
|National Archives Identifier||654518|
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What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of a name index to the compiled military service records (M616) for the Mexican War and compiled service records for the states of Mississippi, Pennsylvania,Tennessee,Texas and Mormon Organizations. The records are a part of Record Group 94 Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s-1917.
Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War in Organizations from the state of:
- Mississippi,National Archives Microfilm Publication, M863, 9 rolls
- Pennsylvania, National Archives Microfilm Publication, M1028, 13 rolls
- Tennessee, National Archives Microfilm Publication, M638, 15 rolls
- Texas, National Archives Microfilm Publication, M278, 19 rolls
- Compiled service records of volunteer soldiers who served during the Mexican War in Mormon organizations, National Archives Microfilm Publication, M351,3 rolls
National Archives Catalog[edit | edit source]
- Indexes to the Carded Records of Soldiers Who Served in Volunteer Organizations During the Mexican War, 1899-1927 NAID654518
- Carded Records Showing Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the Mexican War, 1899-1927 NAID 654520
- Regimental and Company Books of Mexican War Volunteer Organizations, 1846 - 1848 NAID 654703
Military Rank In and Rank Out Terms and Abbreviations[edit | edit source]
- Artificer: Atif.
- Bugler: Bug.
- Captain: Capt.
- Colonel: Col.
- Corporal: Corpl.;Cpl
- Lieutenant: Lieut.; 1 Lieut.; 2 Lieut.; Lt.; 1 Lt.; 2 Lt.
- Musician: Musc.
- Private: Pvt; Priv.
- Sergeant: Sergt.;Segt.
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
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|This collection contains searchable content in the NARA Catalog. They can be accessed by clicking on the National Archives identifier in the Record Description. Once inside the Catalog, click on the "Search Within This Series".|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
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Coverage Table[edit | edit source]
The coverage tables for Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and the Mormon Battalion will provide the date and place of muster in and muster out.
For a list of all units that participated in the war see United States, Mexican War Military Unit Names - FamilySearch Historical Records.
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
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- Click Search to show possible matches
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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]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date from the enlistment or muster in date
- Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
- Continue to search the index and records to identify brothers, father, uncles, and cousins who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
- Search the records of nearby military units
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
- Beginning US Mexican War Research
- United States Guided Research
- United States Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- U.S. Military Basic Search Strategies
Related Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]
- NARA Ainswoth List T817,Roll 42, Alabama-Michigan
- NARA Ainsworth List T817, Roll 43, Mississippi - Wisconsin, Miscellaneous
- Index to Mexican War (1846) records at the Ohio State Archives
Related FamilySearch Historical Records Collections[edit | edit source]
- Texas, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Membership Applications, 1892-2010
- United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926
- United States Mormon Battalion Pension Applications, 1846-1923
Related Digital Books[edit | edit source]
- Robart's Mexican War Veterans
- Indiana in the Mexican War
- Kentucky Mexican War Veterans
- Michigan in the Mexican War
- North Carolina in the Mexican War
- Charles D. Spurlin, comp. Texas veterans in the Mexican War : muster rolls of Texas military units.
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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