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Microfilmed Military Records Containing Records of Buffalo Soldiers and Others Available Through the Family History Library Pension Records

Pension Records: records authorizing distribution of benefits of service, generally contain personal and genealogical information.

  • Soldiers application: name, rank, place of residence, age, birth date, and time of service
  • Widow's application: contains the above, and her information; place of residence, maiden name, date and place of marriage and the date and place of husband's death.
  • A Child/Heir application: information about both soldier and widow's death.
Record Group NARA # FHL 1st film Number of films

General Index to Pensions Files, 1861-1934.

  • Arranged alphabetically by last name of the soldier.
15 T 288 FHL Films: 540757 (first film of 544) 544 films

Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861-1900.

  • Arranged by unit (regiment) and there under alphabetically by the soldier's surname.

Both the General and the Organization Index to Pensions should be searched.

15 T289 FHL Film:1725491 (first film of 765) 765 films

Veteran's Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933.

  • Arranged alphbetically by surname, The Payment cards, document amounts and dates of pension payments
15 M850 FHL Films:1634036 (first film of 2539) 2539 films


Cavalry and Infantry Returns

The unit returns are monthly reports of the U.S. Army regiments. 

  • Content: list the post and regiment assigned, company commanders, strength of company, list of absent, sick, arrested, and those confined to quarters or detailed to another assigment. 
Record Group NARA # FHL 1st film Number of films

Returns from Regular Army Cavalry Regiments, 1833-1916.

94 M744 FHL Film:1602108 (first film of 117) 117 films

Returns from Regular Army Infantry Regiments, June 1821-December 1916.

For years 1866-1869:

* For years 1869-1916:

94 M665 FHL Film:1579232 (first film of 300) 300 films


Register of Enlistments
Register of Enlistments: these records document a soldier's enlistment Record Group NARA # FHL 1st film Number of films

Register of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914.

  • Content:description of each term of service, date of enlistment, age, occupation and personal description.
  • Arranged chronologically into several dates spans,then alphabetically by the first letter of the soldier's surname. 
  • Soldiers that enlisted more than once will have an enlistment paper for each enlistment.
94 M233 FHL Film: 350307 (first film of 81) 81 films

Negro in Military Service

Another filming: FHL Films:928594-928597

---- M858

FHL Film:1299300 (first film of 3)

3 films


Officer Commissions
Officer Commissions Record Group NARA # FHL 1st film Number of films

Letters Received by the Appointment, Commission and Personal Branch, Adjutant General's Office, 1871-1894.

This microfiche collection reproduces select files from the Adjutant General's Appointment, Commision and Personal (ACP)Branch Files

94 M1395 Not at FHL 1,693 fiche
Name and Subject Index to the Letters Received by the Appointment, Commission and Personal Branch of the Adjutant Generals' Office 1871-1894. 94 M1125 FHL Film:1578432 (first film of 4) 4 films
Letters Received by the Commission Branch of the Adjutant Generals' Office, 1863-1870. 94 M1064 FHL Film: 1758472 (first film of 478) 478 films


Post Returns

Military post returns give the units stationed at a particular post, the strength, names and duties of officers and the number of officers and soldiers absent and a record of events

Record Group NARA # FHL 1st film Number of films
Returns From U.S. Military Posts, 1800-1916. 94 M617 FHL Film: 1663081 (first film of 1550) 1550 films


Military Academy
Miliatary Academy Record Group NARA # FHL 1st film Number of films
Black Nominees for Application to the U.S. Military Academy 1870-1887. ---- M1002 FHL Film:1534346 (first film of 21) 21 films


Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor Record Group NARA FHL 1st film Number of films
Documents Relating to the Military and Naval Service of Blacks Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor from the Civil War to the Spanish American War. --- M929 FHL Film: 1601548 (first film of 4) 4 films


Court Martial

Court Martial

Contain information about proceedings or testimony of cases brought before a military court

Record Group NARA # FHL 1st film Number of films
Register of the Records of the Proceedings of the U.S. Army General Court-Martial 1809-1890. 153 M1105 FHL Film: 1605405 (first film of 8) 8 films
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