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=== Civil War (1861-1865) and Later  ===
 
=== Civil War (1861-1865) and Later  ===
  
An index to service records of the District of Columbia Union Army volunteers is at the Family History Library (FHL films 881964-66). The service and pension records have not been filmed and are only at the National Archives.
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See [[District of Columbia in the Civil War|District of Columbia in the Civil War]] for information about Ohio Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Ohio regiments involved in the Civil War. The regimental articles often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching the families of the soldiers.  
 
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Cemetery lists of Civil War soldiers buried in the District of Columbia are in:
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*Sluby, Paul E., comp. ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9731832 Civil War Cemeteries of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area]''. Washington, D.C.: Columbian Harmony Society, 1982. ({{FHL|975.3 V3s}}.)
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*United States, Quartermaster's Department, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/27653751 Roll of honor : names of soldiers who died in defense of the American Union, interred in the national cemeteries at Washington, D.C. from August 3, 1861 to June 30, 1865]''. Washington, D.C.: Government Print Office, 1869. ({{FHL|1311589}}.) Includes Arlington National Cemetery.
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'''Civil War Pension Index Cards''' - A free Internet index to pension applications of veterans who served in the US Army between 1861-1917 is available on [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1471019 FamilySearch Record Search]. Each card gives the soldier’s name, application and certificate numbers, state of enlistment, and might include rank and death information. Other wars, of that time period, may be included. <br>
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The military history of the District of Columbia and lists of officers is found in Harvey W Crew, William Bensing Webb, and John Wooldridge ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/25478207 Centennial History of the City of Washington, D.C.]'' (Dayton, Ohio: United Brethren Publishing House, 1892) ({{FHL|975.3 H2w}}).
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'''Regimental Lists.''' See a [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Category:District_of_Columbia_-_Military list of regiments ]and links to their histories.&nbsp;
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The [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors&nbsp;System] allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiment for the soldiers. Then you can check the regiment page to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a&nbsp;soldier was your ancestor.
  
 
=== World War I (1917-1918)  ===
 
=== World War I (1917-1918)  ===

Revision as of 22:30, 31 December 2010

United States  Gotoarrow.png  District of Columbia  Gotoarrow.png  Military Records

The U.S. Military Records set of Wiki pages provides more information on federal military records and search strategies.

Many military records are found at the Family History Library, the National Archives, and other federal and state archives. The United States set of Wiki pages provides more information on the federal records.

Contents

Forts

Washington Arsenal -- Textual records of this post, 1825-1829, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920, under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).

Washington Barracks -- Textual records of this post, 1885-1886, 1901-1903, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920, under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).

Pre-Civil War

For a list of Revolutionary War soldiers buried in the District of Columbia see

A register of officers of the militia of the District of Columbia, 1813 to 1830, is in Record Group 94 of the Records of the Adjutant General's Office in the National Archives.

Civil War (1861-1865) and Later

See District of Columbia in the Civil War for information about Ohio Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Ohio regiments involved in the Civil War. The regimental articles often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching the families of the soldiers.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiment for the soldiers. Then you can check the regiment page to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor.

World War I (1917-1918)

World War I draft registration cards for men ages 18 to 45 may list address, birth date, birthplace, race, nationality, citizenship, and next of kin. Not all registrants served in the war. For registration cards for the District of Columbia see:

To find an individual's draft card, it helps to know his name and residence at the time of registration. The cards are arranged alphabetically by county, within the county by draft board, and then alphabetically by surname within each draft board.

Most counties had only one board; large cities had several. A map showing the boundaries of individual draft boards is available for most large cities. Finding an ancestor's street address in a city directory will help you in using the draft board map. For copies of the maps, see:

  • United States. Selective Service System.List of World War One Draft Board Maps. Washington, D.C.: National Archives. (FHL 1498803.)