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Colombia, Registros Militares

Record Description

This collection includes the military service records of Colombia from 1809-1958. They are housed at the Archivo General de la Nación in Bogotá, Colombia.

Such records include veteran benefit files from the Thousand Days’ War (Guerra de los Mil Días), service records, register of military promotions, and military correspondence (despachos) from the Colombian Army, Navy, and National Guard.

The records are in Spanish; see the section "For Help Reading these Records" for access to translation helps.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Colombia, Military Records, 1809-1958.

Record Content

This record set may contain draft registrations, deployments, and pensions.

Draft registrations generally include:

  • Name and age of draftee
  • Birth date and place
  • Closest relation and residence
  • Date and place of registration

Deployments usually include:

  • Name of soldier
  • Regiment/battalion
  • Deployment date
  • Commanding Officer’s name
  • Specific duties

Military pensions were typically awarded to the spouse and/or children of a fallen soldier. Pension records generally include:

  • Name of person filing for pension (applicant)
  • Date and place of application
  • Name of deceased soldier
  • Applicant’s relationship to soldier
  • Date and place of marriage to soldier
  • Date and place of soldier’s death
  • Date and place of applicant’s birth
  • Applicant’s current residence
  • Number of soldier’s children still living at home
  • Names and ages of those children
  • Date and place of those children’s births
  • Transcriptions from baptism/birth, death/burial, and/or marriage records

How to Use the Record

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Then, when you've found you're ancestor, use these military records to find other records that will verify the information given; for example, birth/baptism, marriage, and death/burial records.

Search the Collection

To search by image:
To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" category which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by index or 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 entries or images and compare the information about the individuals listed to your ancestors to make this determination.

When searching: As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Spanish. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

Tips to Keep in Mind

When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Continue to search the indexes and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the military.

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Don't overlook FHL Place Colombia items or FHL Keyword Colombia items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Colombia Archives and Libraries.

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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:

"Colombia, Military Records, 1809-1958." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Archivo General de la Nación, Bogotá [General Archives of the Nation, Bogotá].

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Colombia, Military Records, 1809-1958.
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 Colombia, Military Records, 1809-1958.

 

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