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Record Description

This collection will include records from 1827-1858 This collection contains compiled military service records of volunteer organizations from Florida who served during for the Florida Indian Wars, 1835-1858 (M1086) and from Illinois and Michigan during the Winnebago Indian Disturbances in 1827 (M1505). The records are part of National Archive Record Group 94 Records of the Adjutant General's Office.

Record Content

The content of these records varies by type of record. You may find any of the following:

  • Name
  • Military Unit
  • Age
  • Rank
  • Date and place of enlistment
  • Date and place of termination
  • Term of Service
  • Money paid or value of goods
  • Where stationed
  • Date and nature of injuries sustained
  • Date and place of death (if killed in action)

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • Soldier's name
  • Identifying information such as age, where stationed or unit of service

It may also be helpful to first search the following index:

United States, Indexes to Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During Indian Wars and Disturbance (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Search the Collection

To search this collection:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the appropriate "State"
⇒ Select the appropriate "War, Military Unit, Surname Letter and Year 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. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

For example use the soldier's name and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation

"United States, Indian Wars Service Records of Soldiers from Florida, Illinois and Michigan, 1827-1858." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing NARA Publications M1086 and M1505. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC

Image Citation

The citation for an image will be available on each image once the collection is published.


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