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For each war listed below, additional federal sources are listed in U.S. Military Records. It contains search strategies and information to guide you to the best records for your objective.

Many military records are found at the Family History Library, the National Archives, and other federal and state archives. For Arizona the following sources are also very helpful:

Forts and Camps

Military forts and camps were established by the  military authorized by the federal govenment, built to house and maintain the military who were to assist in maintianing the peace by enforcing treaties and providing protection to settlers. (See Arizona - Native Americans)

References

Forts of the West, Military Forts and Presidios and Post Commonly Called Forts West of the Mississippi River to 1898. by Robert W. Frazer. Norman University of Oklahoma Press C. 1972 Library of Congress Number 65-24196

Encyclopedia of Indian Wars Western Batttles and Skirmishes, 1850-1890. by Gregory F. Michno.  Mountain Press Publishing Co. Missoula, Montana C. 2003 ISBN 0-87842-468-7

Mexican War (1846-1848)

The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided.

  • Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926. (NARA T317). FHL films 0537000–13 Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:
  • Robarts, William Hugh. Mexican War Veterans : A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848… Washington, D.C. : Brentano’s, 1887. FHL book 973 M2rwh Digital version available at Internet Archive.

Click on these links to learn more about the Mexican War and about Mexican War pension records.

Civil War (1861 to 1865)

Arizona and New Mexico Territories 1863
See Arizona in the Civil War for information about Arizona Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Arizona regiments involved in the Civil War.

The regimental pages often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching more about the soldiers and their families.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor.

Also check: Arizona Service Records of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War at Family Search

Indian Wars (1780s-1890s)

Soldiers who served at military posts can be located by searching Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914. These enlistment registers are available at the Family History Library (beginning with Family History Library film 350307). These include data on the soldier's name, physical description, age, occupation, and birthplace.

Two indexes are available for pension records: Old War Pension Index (1815-1926) and Index to Indian Wars (1892-1926). Both of these indexes are available at the Family History Library and at the National Archives. These indexes are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog under UNITED STATES - MILITARY RECORDS.

  • A history of military forts is Ray Brandes, Frontier Military Posts of Arizona. Globe, Arizona: Dale S. King, 1960. (Family History Library 979.1 M2b). There is a map of army installations, 1849-1886, on Family History Library fiche 6017659.


Spanish-American War (1898)

The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.

Indexes

Click on the link to learn more about the Spanish American War.

World War I (1917-1918)

World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.

United States World War I Draft Records provides additional information.

World War II (1941-1945)

On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.

Also available at:

World War II United States Military Records provides additional information.

Korean War (1950–1953)

The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the Korean War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Vietnam War (1964–1972)

The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the Vietnam War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Additional Military Records

Additional military records are at the Department of Libraries, Archives and Public Records.

The Arizona Rangers

Web Sites

  • Veterans Service Records at National Archives
  • Arizona Memory Project at Arizona Department of Libraries, Archives and Public Records. The Arizona Memory Project provides access to the wealth of primary sources in Arizona libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions. Visitors to the site will find some of the best examples of government documents, photographs, maps, and objects that chronicle Arizona's past and present.
  • American Wars
  • New Horizons Genealogy

 

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