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Record Description

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. Those from T977,1893-1940 have not and are not are not complete in this publication.

The following rolls and dates are not available:

  • rolls 2 Jul-Dec 1893, 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.

The browse collection for the two publications are arranged by roll number.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1892.

Record Content

Muster Roll volumes include indexes to ship names, stations, and units. A muster roll generally shows:

  • 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, etc.

In some cases, muster rolls also contain the following:

  • 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

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate dates of service
  • The vessels served on.

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Years, Month Range" which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records. For example:

  • Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

General Information About These Records

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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Citations for This Collection

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Collection Citation:

"United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1892" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication T1118. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

Image citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1892.

 

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