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United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937
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|Record Type||Muster Rolls|
|Record Group||RG 127: Record of the United States Marine Corps. NAID 546|
|Microfilm Publication||T1118. Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps, 1798-1892. 123 rolls.|
|T977. Muster Rolls of Officers and Enlisted Men of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1893-1940. 461 rolls.|
|Arrangement||Chronologically by month, by detachment.|
|National Archives Identifier||922159|
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes records from 1798-1937.
This collection consists of an index and images of muster rolls of the United States Marine Corps located at the National Archives. The records are arranged chronologically by month, then by post, station or ship, and are part of Record Group 127 Records of the U.S. Marine Corps The muster rolls are from two National Archive microfilm publications, T1118 (1798-1892, 123 rolls) and T977 (1893-1940, 460 rolls). The muster rolls from T1118, 1798 -1892 have been indexed. Only those rolls from T977,1893-1940 listed below have been indexed.
The following rolls and dates from T977, 1893-1940 have been indexed.:
- roll 46 Sept-Oct 1905
- rolls 87-99 Sept 1912-Dec 1913
- rolls 122-123 May -Jun 1917
- roll 133 Feb 1918
- rolls 135- 160 Mar 1918 -Jan 1919 - World War I
- rolls 163-180 Feb 1919-Sept 1919
- rolls 282- 400 Mar 1928-Mar 1937
The browse collection for the two publications are arranged by roll number. Images for the following rolls from T977,1893-1940 are not available in this publication.
- roll 2 Jul-Dec 1893
- rolls 100-121 Jan 1914-Apr 1917
- rolls 124-132 Jun 1917-Jan 1918
- roll 134 Feb 1918
- rolls 161-162 Feb 1919
- rolls 181-186 Oct 1919-Mar 1920
- rolls 401-460 Apr 1937-Dec 1940
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- Carded Medical Records of the Marine Corps, 1821-1884. NAID 655645
- Card List of Marine Corps Dead Buried Overseas, 1898 - 1918 NAID 7861708 WWI
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Name of officer or enlisted man
- Rank and unit in which served
- Date of enlistment
- Date of re-enlistment
- Name of ship
- Notes regarding promotions, transfers, physical description, etc.
- Injuries or illness and type of treatment
- Date of death or discharge
- Date of desertion
- Date of apprehension
- Date of court martial
- Sentence of court-martial
Allow for variations of physical descriptions since officers enlisting marines did not use measuring devices and standard lighting was not used. General trends will show through multiples enlistments
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Sample Images[edit | edit source]
The Continental Marines were founded in 1775 to aid the original 13 colonies in their fight for independence. The Marine Corps was created in 1798. It was part of the Navy Department from 1834 until 1952, when it became a distinct branch of the military.
During the Civil War, muster rolls grew to include personal information including:
- Nativity (state or country)
- Date and place joined
- Age when enlisted
- Date and place mustered in
- Place and date mustered out
Records of Marine Corps soldiers and officers are available at the National Archives in Record Group 127 for the years 1798 to 1904. Muster rolls were used to record an idividual's service and pay. These records are generally accurate.
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Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Muster rolls of the United States Marine Corps, 1798-1892 NARA T1118
- United States, Marine Corps muster rolls, 1893-1940 T977
- Gordon L. Rottman. U.S. Marine Corps World War II order of battle : ground and air units in the Pacific War, 1939-1945.Westport, Connecticut : Greenwood Press, c2002. FHL 973 M3rg
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Related Digital Books[edit | edit source]
- Lewis R. Hamersly, comp. The records of living officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps : with a history of naval operations during the rebellion of 1861-5, and a list of the ships and officers participating in the great battles.Mattituck, New York : J.M. Carroll & Co., 1988?;Reprint of original published: Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1870
- Lewis Randolph Hamersly. The records of living officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.New York : L.R. Hamersly Co., 1902.
- Casualty Section, Office of Public Information, Navy Department. Combat connected naval casualties, World War II, by states : U. S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard. Washington, D.C. : GPO, 1946
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