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The United States Military Records article provides more information on federal military records and search strategies.

Many military records can be found at the Family History Library, the National Archives, and other federal and state archives. The United States research information provides more information about the federal records. For Florida, the following sources are also very helpful:

Forts

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Forts were established through the authority of the federal government, to house and maintain the military.

Colonial Wars

As a Spanish colony Florida was part of the War of Jenkins' Ear (1739–1748) which took place between Florida and the British colony of Georgia.

Service Records

  • Military Service Records of Florida and Louisiana, 1787-1794. FHL film 1156353) (in Spanish)

Revolutionary War (1775-1783)

The 1835 Pension Roll

On June 5, 1834, the U.S. Senate required the Secretary of War to submit a statement showing the names of pensioners who were on the pension rolls or had previously been on the pension rolls. For more information on the 1835 Pension Roll see Revolutionary War Pension Records. The 1835 Pension Roll for the Territory of Florida is available online:

War of 1812 (1812-1815)

Florida was under Spanish rule during the War of 1812. Records are available, however, for War of 1812 soldiers that later settled in Florida.

Mexican War (1846-1848)



Indian Wars (1780s-1890s)

The library also has an index to Indian Wars pension files, 1892 to 1926 (Family History Library microfilms 821610-21). The index includes those soldiers who served between 1817 and 1898. The actual pension files have not been filmed and are only at the National Archives.

Second Seminole War (Florida War) (1835-42) and Third Seminole War (1855-58)

Only the service records for soldiers from the state of Florida have been microfilmed:

An index to these records is also available, See Index to Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served during Indian Wars and Disturbances, 1815–58.

Civil War (1861-1865)

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See Florida in the Civil War for information about Florida Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Florida 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.

Spanish-American War (1898)

The compiled military service records of volunteer soldiers who served in the Florida Infantry are at the National Archives and the Family History Library (Family History Library microfilms 1314126-38). Published rosters are found in Soldiers of Florida in the Seminole Indian Civil and Spanish-American Wars (Live Oak, Florida: Democrat Book and Job Print, 1909; Family History Library book 975.9 M2s; also on microfilm 988193).

World War I (1917-1918)

  • United States. Selective Service System. Florida, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987-1988. (On Family History Library microfilms beginning with film 1556849) These cards have been digitized and are searchable online. See WWI Draft Records for more information.

World War II (1941-1945)




 

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