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[[Beginning Research in United States Military Records#4. How do I access them?|'''4. How do I access them?''']]<br>
 
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[[Beginning Research in United States Military Records#5. Search strategies|'''5. Search strategies''']]<br>
 
[[Beginning Research in United States Military Records#5. Search strategies|'''5. Search strategies''']]<br>
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'''For a more complete beginning introduction, see [[U.S. Military Records Class Handout|U.S. Military Records Class Handout]].'''
 
'''For a more complete beginning introduction, see [[U.S. Military Records Class Handout|U.S. Military Records Class Handout]].'''
 
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== Getting started with United States Military Records research  ==
 
== Getting started with United States Military Records research  ==
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== Online Records ==
 
== Online Records ==
*'''Revolutionary War'''
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'''Revolutionary War'''
 
*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2068326|United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2068326|United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} — images
 
*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} — images
 
*'''1818 - 1872''' - {{RecordSearch|2069831|United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1818 - 1872''' - {{RecordSearch|2069831|United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-rolls-of-the-soldiers-in-the-revolutionary-war United States, Rolls Of The Soldiers In The Revolutionary War] at FindMyPast - index & images ($)
  
  
*''' War of 1812'''
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''' War of 1812'''
 
*'''1812-1815''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1916219 United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815]
 
*'''1812-1815''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1916219 United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815]
 
*'''1812-1910''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1834325 United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910]
 
*'''1812-1910''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1834325 United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910]
  
  
*''' Mexican War'''
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''' Mexican War'''
 
*'''1846 - 1848''' - {{RecordSearch|1987567|United States Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1846 - 1848''' - {{RecordSearch|1987567|United States Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1887-1926''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1979390 United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926]
 
*'''1887-1926''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1979390 United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926]
  
  
*'''Civil War'''
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'''Civil War'''
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*'''1861-1865''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10331/us-civil-war-soldiers-1861-1865?s=275764761 U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861 - 1865] at MyHeritage - index ($)
 
*'''1861-1866''' - {{RecordSearch|3518724|United States, Compiled Military Service Records Of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With The U.S. Colored Troops, 1861-1866}}, index.
 
*'''1861-1866''' - {{RecordSearch|3518724|United States, Compiled Military Service Records Of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With The U.S. Colored Troops, 1861-1866}}, index.
*'''1861 - 1866''' - {{RecordSearch|3518724|United States, Compiled Military Service Records Of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With The U.S. Colored Troops, 1861-1866}} at FamilySearch - [[United States, Compiled Military Service Records Of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With The U.S. Colored Troops - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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*'''1861-1866''' - {{RecordSearch|3518724|United States, Compiled Military Service Records Of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With The U.S. Colored Troops, 1861-1866}} at FamilySearch - [[United States, Compiled Military Service Records Of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With The U.S. Colored Troops - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932431|United States Civil War Service Records of Union Colored Troops, 1863-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index  
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932431|United States Civil War Service Records of Union Colored Troops, 1863-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index  
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1910717|United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1910717|United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*'''1861 - 1865''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/united-states-records-of-confederate-prisoners-of-war-1861-1865-browse United States, Records Of Confederate Prisoners Of War, 1861-1865] at findmypast - Index
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*'''1861-1865''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/united-states-records-of-confederate-prisoners-of-war-1861-1865-browse United States, Records Of Confederate Prisoners Of War, 1861-1865] at findmypast - Index
*'''1861 - 1910''' - {{RecordSearch|1852605|United States Navy Widows' Certificates, 1861-1910}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1910''' - {{RecordSearch|1852605|United States Navy Widows' Certificates, 1861-1910}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*'''1861 - 1917''' - {{RecordSearch|1471019|United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index  
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*'''1861-1917''' - {{RecordSearch|1471019|United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index  
*'''1861 - 1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1922519|United States Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files, 1861-1934}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1922519|United States Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files, 1861-1934}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*'''1861 - 1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1919699|United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1861-1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1919699|United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1887 - 1942''' - {{RecordSearch|1979426|United States Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1887-1942''' - {{RecordSearch|1979426|United States Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1889 - 1904''' - {{RecordSearch|1834308|United States Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1889-1904''' - {{RecordSearch|1834308|United States Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1862 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|2019835|Georgia, Andersonville Prison Records, 1862-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1862-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|2019835|Georgia, Andersonville Prison Records, 1862-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
*'''1864 - 1866''' - {{RecordSearch|1932430|United States Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1864-1866}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1864-1866''' - {{RecordSearch|1932430|United States Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1864-1866}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*'''1861 - 1866''' - {{RecordSearch|1834304|United States Union Provost Marshal Files of Individual Civilians, 1861-1866}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1861-1866''' - {{RecordSearch|1834304|United States Union Provost Marshal Files of Individual Civilians, 1861-1866}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
*'''1861 - 1866''' - {{RecordSearch|1845948|United States Union Provost Marshal Files of Two or More Civilians, 1861-1866}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1861-1866''' - {{RecordSearch|1845948|United States Union Provost Marshal Files of Two or More Civilians, 1861-1866}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|2019254|United States Confederate Navy and Marine Service Records, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|2019254|United States Confederate Navy and Marine Service Records, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1916234|United States Records of Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1916234|United States Records of Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|2145147|United States Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|2145147|United States Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
*'''1861 - 1865''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-official-army-register-1861-1865 United States, Official Army Register 1861-1865] at findmypast ($) - index
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*'''1861-1865''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-official-army-register-1861-1865 United States, Official Army Register 1861-1865] at findmypast ($) - index
*'''1865 - 1867''' - {{RecordSearch|1936545|United States Civil War Confederate Applications for Pardons, 1865-1867}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1865-1867''' - {{RecordSearch|1936545|United States Civil War Confederate Applications for Pardons, 1865-1867}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1890''' - {{RecordSearch|1877095|United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1890''' - {{RecordSearch|1877095|United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
  
*''' World War I '''
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''' World War I '''
*'''1917 - 1918''' - {{RecordSearch|1968530|United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1917-1918''' - {{RecordSearch|1968530|United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images; ''Also at [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10513/united-states-world-war-i-draft-registrations-1917-1918?s=275764761 MyHeritage]'' ($)
*'''1917 - 1919''' - {{RecordSearch|2513098|United States, YMCA World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1917-1919''' - {{RecordSearch|2513098|United States, YMCA World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1917 - 1940''' - {{RecordSearch|2968245|United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] and [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61861/ Ancestry.com] ($)— index
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*'''1917-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|2968245|United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] and [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61861/ Ancestry.com] ($)— index
 
*'''1917-1919''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2996059 United States, World War I American Expeditionary Forces Deaths, 1917-1919]
 
*'''1917-1919''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2996059 United States, World War I American Expeditionary Forces Deaths, 1917-1919]
  
  
  
*'''World War II'''
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'''World War II'''
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*'''1940-1947''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2238/ U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947] at Ancestry - index & images ($)
 
*'''1942''' - {{RecordSearch|1339071|United States World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images (Fourth Registration
 
*'''1942''' - {{RecordSearch|1339071|United States World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images (Fourth Registration
*'''1942-1954''' - [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61817/ U.S. WWII Hospital Admission Card Files, 1942-1954] - index only - Ancestry.com ($)
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*'''1942-1954''' - [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61817/ U.S. WWII Hospital Admission Card Files, 1942-1954] - index only - Ancestry ($)
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*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/united-states-world-war-ii-casualty-lists United States, World War II Casualty Lists] at FindMyPast - index & images ($)
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*'''1942''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1002/ U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942] at Ancestry - index & images ($)
  
  
*'''Other Military Record Collections'''
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'''Other Military Record Collections'''
*'''1866 - 1938''' - {{RecordSearch|1916230|United States National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1839-2012''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/70870/ Web: U.S., Congressional Medal of Honor Society Recipients, 1839 - 2012] at Ancestry - index ($)
*'''1891 - 1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2143178|Washington, Soldier Home Records, 1891-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1866-1938''' {{RecordSearch|1916230|United States National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1879 - 1903''' - {{RecordSearch|1913388|United States Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1891-1945''' {{RecordSearch|2143178|Washington, Soldier Home Records, 1891-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1925 - 1949''' - {{RecordSearch|1916249|United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans 1925-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1879-1903''' {{RecordSearch|1913388|United States Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1907 - 1933''' - {{RecordSearch|1832324|United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933}}
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*'''1925-1949''' {{RecordSearch|1916249|United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans 1925-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1907-1933''' {{RecordSearch|1832324|United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933}}
 
*'''1916-1939''' {{RecordSearch|3346936|United States, Enlisted and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, 1916-1939}} at FamilySearch — index and images
 
*'''1916-1939''' {{RecordSearch|3346936|United States, Enlisted and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, 1916-1939}} at FamilySearch — index and images
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*[https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10928/american-overseas-military-burials-1917-1974?s=275764761 American Overseas Military Burials, 1917-1974] at MyHeritage - index ($)
 
*[https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/70869/ Web: Japanese American Veterans Association Personnel] at Ancestry - index ($)
 
*[https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/70869/ Web: Japanese American Veterans Association Personnel] at Ancestry - index ($)
 
*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/united-states-veterans-oral-history-index United States, Veterans Oral History Index] at  FindMyPast ($)
 
*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/united-states-veterans-oral-history-index United States, Veterans Oral History Index] at  FindMyPast ($)
  
  
*''' Branch of Service'''
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''' Branch of Service'''
*'''1798 - 1937''' - {{RecordSearch|1916228|United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1798-1937''' - {{RecordSearch|1916228|United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1798 - 1914''' - {{RecordSearch|1880762|United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1798-1914''' - {{RecordSearch|1880762|United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1798-1958''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1089/ U.S., Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958] at Ancestry - index & images ($)
 
*'''1821-1916:''' - [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1225/ U.S. Returns from Regular Army Non-Infantry Regiments, 1821-1916] at Ancestry ($), images
 
*'''1821-1916:''' - [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1225/ U.S. Returns from Regular Army Non-Infantry Regiments, 1821-1916] at Ancestry ($), images
*'''1855 - 1891''' - {{RecordSearch|1825347|United States Naval Enlistment Rendezvous, 1855-1891}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1855-1891''' - {{RecordSearch|1825347|United States Naval Enlistment Rendezvous, 1855-1891}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*[https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10059/air-force-register-extracts?s=275764761 Air Force Register Extracts] at MyHeritage - index ($)
  
 
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== Use military records to:  ==
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=== Soldier Studies ===
 
=== Soldier Studies ===
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/180541 Charles Knowles Bolton. ''The private soldier under Washington.''Williamstown, Massachusetts : Corner House Publishers, 1976. FHL 973 M2bc]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/180541 Charles Knowles Bolton. ''The private soldier under Washington.''Williamstown, Massachusetts : Corner House Publishers, 1976. FHL 973 M2bc]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/374618 Harold L. Peterson ; with three technical contributions by Detmar H. Finke and Marko Zlatich. ''The book of the continental soldier : being a complete sic. account of the uniforms, weapons, and equipment with which he lived and fought.''Harrisburg, Pennsylvania : Stackpole Co., c1968. FHL 973 M2ph]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1888131 Stephen Brumwell. ''Redcoats : the British soldier and war in the Americas 1755-1763.''New York, New York : Cambridge University Press, c2002. FHL 942 M2bst]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1888131 Stephen Brumwell. ''Redcoats : the British soldier and war in the Americas 1755-1763.''New York, New York : Cambridge University Press, c2002. FHL 942 M2bst]
 
*Sylvia R. Frey.'' The British Soldier in America. A Social History of Military Life in the Revolutionary Period.'' Austin: University of Texas Press,1981.
 
*Sylvia R. Frey.'' The British Soldier in America. A Social History of Military Life in the Revolutionary Period.'' Austin: University of Texas Press,1981.
 
*Michael N. McConnell.'' Army & Empire.'' British Soldiers on the american Frontier, 1758-1775.'' Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press,2004.
 
*Michael N. McConnell.'' Army & Empire.'' British Soldiers on the american Frontier, 1758-1775.'' Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press,2004.
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/957333 C Edward Skeen. Citizen soldiers in the War of 1812.'' Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, c1999. FHL 973 M2scs]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/957333 C Edward Skeen. ''Citizen soldiers in the War of 1812.'' Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, c1999. FHL 973 M2scs]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/7526 James McCaffery. ''Army of manifest destiny : the American soldier in the Mexican War, 1846-1848.''New York, New York : New York University Press, c1992. FHL 973 M2mcc]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/7526 James McCaffery. ''Army of manifest destiny : the American soldier in the Mexican War, 1846-1848.''New York, New York : New York University Press, c1992. FHL 973 M2mcc]
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*Richard Bruce Winders.'' Mr. Polk's Army. The American Military Experience in the Mexican War.'' College Station: Texas A7 M University Press, 1997.
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/188385 Bell I. Wiley.''The life of Billy Yank : the common soldier of the Union.''Baton Rouge, Louisiana : Louisiana State University Press, 1983, c1980. FHL 973 M2wb]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/188385 Bell I. Wiley.''The life of Billy Yank : the common soldier of the Union.''Baton Rouge, Louisiana : Louisiana State University Press, 1983, c1980. FHL 973 M2wb]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/188357 Bell Irvin Wiley ''The life of Johnny Reb : the common soldier of the Confederacy.''Baton Rouge, Louisiana : Louisiana State University Press, 1984, c1970. FHL 973 M2wL]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/188357 Bell Irvin Wiley ''The life of Johnny Reb : the common soldier of the Confederacy.''Baton Rouge, Louisiana : Louisiana State University Press, 1984, c1970. FHL 973 M2wL]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/367405 James I. Robertson. ''Soldiers Blue and Gray.'' Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, c1988. FHL 973 M2rj]
 
*Michael J. Bennett.'' Union Jacks. Yankee Sailors in the Civil War.'' Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
 
*Michael J. Bennett.'' Union Jacks. Yankee Sailors in the Civil War.'' Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
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*Dennis J. Ringle.'' Life in Mr. Lincoln's Navy.'' Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1998.
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/456567 Don Ricky. ''Forty miles a day on beans and hay : the enlisted soldier fighting the Indian Wars.'' Norman, Oklahoma : University of Oklahoma Press, c1963 FHL 973 M2ri]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/456567 Don Ricky. ''Forty miles a day on beans and hay : the enlisted soldier fighting the Indian Wars.'' Norman, Oklahoma : University of Oklahoma Press, c1963 FHL 973 M2ri]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/645320 Lee Kennett. '' G.I., the American soldier in World War II.'' New York, New York : Warner Books, c1987 FHL 973 M2ke]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/645320 Lee Kennett. '' G.I., the American soldier in World War II.'' New York, New York : Warner Books, c1987 FHL 973 M2ke]
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*Mary C. Gillett.''The Army Medical Department, 1917-1941.''Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, United States Army, 2009.
 
*Mary C. Gillett.''The Army Medical Department, 1917-1941.''Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, United States Army, 2009.
 
*[https://archive.org/details/concisesystemo00coop Samuel Cooper. ''A Concise System of Instructions and Regulations for the Militia and Volunteers of the United States. Philadelphia: Robert P. Desilver, 1844.]
 
*[https://archive.org/details/concisesystemo00coop Samuel Cooper. ''A Concise System of Instructions and Regulations for the Militia and Volunteers of the United States. Philadelphia: Robert P. Desilver, 1844.]
*Dale R. Niesen.'' Identifying Photographs of Nineteenth- Century U.S. Army Soldiers.'' 31 #3 (July-September 2005): 39-44.
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*Dale R. Niesen.'' Identifying Photographs of Nineteenth- Century U.S. Army Soldiers.'' NGS Magazine 31 #3 (July-September 2005): 39-44.
  
 
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5. Search strategies


For a more complete beginning introduction, see U.S. Military Records Class Handout.

Getting started with United States Military Records research[edit | edit source]

If you are just beginning research, you may need some introductory information before using this set of Wiki pages. You may want to see the Wiki article Guide to Research

The Basic Search Strategies page of this set suggests steps you should take to find your ancestors in military records. This section is especially valuable if you are just beginning your research. The Record Finder can help you choose types of records to search. The Family History Library's collection is described on that page, and there is also a page explaining how to use the FamilySearch Catalog to find specific records.

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War


War of 1812


Mexican War


Civil War


World War I


World War II


Other Military Record Collections


Branch of Service

Use military records to:[edit | edit source]

Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

National Archives and Records Administration[edit | edit source]

Record Groups with Digitized Records[edit | edit source]

The Record Group Explorer and Record Group Explorer Data webpages will identify record groups with digital records in the National Archives Catalog.

Selected Record Groups with Digitized Records The following links identify by Record Group with some digitized content.

FamilySearch Wiki - Collection Coverage Tables

National Personnel Records Center (National Archives at St. Louis)[edit | edit source]

American Legion Library and Museum (20th Century Wars and Conflicts)[edit | edit source]


Soldier Studies[edit | edit source]

Research Tools[edit | edit source]

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  • NARA Collections on Ancestry.com - search for NARA collections by NARA title, NARA series number (ex. M313) or Ancestry.com title. 
  • National Archives Military Records - National Archives page explaining some of their records available for the different wars. 
  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. Free National Park Service site with a nationwide index to Union and Confederate servicemen, including U.S. Colored Troops (USCT). 
  • Ancestry.com ($) A subscription site with records from most major American wars, including DAR Rolls of Honor, the Civil War Collection, and World War I Draft Registrations. Also includes selected Loyalist and Confederate sources. 
  • Fold3.com ($) (formerly Footnote) Subscription site to digitized and indexed National Archives documents including Civil War Service Records, Civil War Widows Pensions,  Mormon Battalion Pension Files, Pension Index-Civil War to 1900, Revolutionary War Pensions, Southern Claims Commission, WWI and WWII records. 
  • HeritageQuestOnline. Search selected records from the Revolutionary War era pension and bounty-land warrant application files. Only at libraries.
  • Register of Revolutionary War Records Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, (Family History Library), (Salt Lake City: FHL, 2006) Shows National Archives and other sources available through the Family History Library. 
  • Veterans History Project (Library of Congress) 
  • National Veterans History Archival Institute 
  • National Archives 
  • Pritzker Military Museum and Library Their collection includes over 45,000 books includes military histories, unit histories, military rosters, cruise books (similar to high school yearbooks), photographs, guides to uniforms, equipment, insignia, and ships for many of the world's militaries.
  • New Horizons Genealogy 
  • Cyndi's List U.S. Military Links 
  • Mary's Genealogy Treasures 
  • For Further Reading 
  • You can get copies of your own military records and those of your ancestors by going to this website.
  • Many resources are available online at the NARA/ADD website. It covers everything from the Revolutionary War to very recently.

Wiki articles describing online Military collections are found at:

See also Military Records in the FamilySearch Learning Center.


State Military Records[edit | edit source]

  • Including Militia and National Guard


National Guard Bureau, Record Group 168[edit | edit source]

Guidebooks[edit | edit source]

National Archives

Reference Sources[edit | edit source]