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List of Colonial Wars

The following are the wars that occured before 1775 in what is now the United States.[1]

By Date By Name of the War

1637

Pequot War 

French and Indian War

1755-1763

1675-1676

King Philip's War

King George's War

1744-1748

1689-1697

King William's War

King Philip's War

1675-1676

1702-1713

Queen Anne's War 

King William's War

1689-1697

1744-1748

King George's War

Lord Dunmore's War

1774

1755-1763

French and Indian War

Pequot War

1637

1774

Lord Dunmore's War

Queen Anne's War 

1702-1713

States Involved in Colonial Wars

Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Where to Find Records

Many colonists served in local militias and participated in King William’s War (1689–97), Queen Anne's War 1702 to 1713, King George’s War (1744–48), and the French and Indian War (1754–63). Because these were local units and not part of the British Army, any surviving records are in historical societies and state libraries and archives.

The Family History Library has copies of many of the records that have been published. These are found in Place Search in the Family History Library Catalog under:

[STATE] ‑ MILITARY RECORDS
[STATE], [COUNTY] ‑ MILITARY RECORDS
[STATE], [COUNTY], [CITY] ‑ MILITARY RECORDS

Histories

  • Gallay, Alan, ed. Colonial Wars of North America 1512–1763: An Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Garland Publishing, 1996. (FHL book 973 M2cw.) Contains short essays with references on people, events and topics from the Spanish conquistadors to Pontiac Wars of 1763.

Veterans and Lineage Society Records

The General Society of Colonial Wars. This society was established in 1893 and has no permanent headquarters. Check the current edition of the Encyclopedia of Associations described in “Veterans and Lineage Society Records,” in the “Types of Military Records” section of this outline.

The Family History Library has the following records of this society:

  • Register of Members: FHL film 528676
  • Lineage Papers: FHL films515990–528428
  • Supplemental Records: FHL films 528429–528675
  • Index: FHL films 528677–533974

For the complete listing of film numbers, look in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

UNITED STATES - SOCIETIES

Sources

  1. Family History Library US/Canada Consultants, "The Colonial Wars," in LAD Release 4.1, Family History Library, 2004, mjm.

 

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