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United States Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848
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Record Description
Record Type Compiled Military Service Records
Record Group RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s-1917
Collection years 1846-1848
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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The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.

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:

National Archives Catalog[edit | edit source]

Military Rank In and Rank Out Terms and Abbreviations[edit | edit source]

  • Artificer: Atif.
  • Blacksmith:
  • Bugler: Bug.
  • Captain: Capt.
  • Colonel: Col.
  • Corporal: Corpl.;Cpl
  • Farrier:
  • Fifer:
  • Lieutenant: Lieut.; 1 Lieut.; 2 Lieut.; Lt.; 1 Lt.; 2 Lt.
  • Major:
  • Musician: Musc.
  • Private: Pvt; Priv.
  • Sergeant: Sergt.;Segt.
  • Surgeon:

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for United States, Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of soldier
  • Rank and unit(s) in which served
  • State from which served
  • Date and place of enlistment
  • Date and place of discharge

  • Age
  • Type of records in file
  • NARA publication number, title, and roll number

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event
  • The name of the soldier

  • Where the soldier lived
  • The date and place of enlistment

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on 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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
  1. Select Document Type to view the images
  1. Select Surname Range or Military Unit and Surname Range to view the images

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

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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