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[[Portal:United States Military Records|Portal:United States Military Records]]&gt;[[Texas|Texas]] {{Adoption TXGenWeb}} [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military Records]] provides more information on federal military records and search strategies. <br>Many military records are found at the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]], the [[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives]], and other federal and state archives. The [[United States|United States]] article provides more information about the federal records. For Texas the following sources are also very helpful.  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Texas Military Records|Military Records]]''
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[[United States Military Records|U.S. Military Records]] provides more information on federal military records and search strategies. <br>Many military records are found at the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]], the [[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives]], and other federal and state archives. The United States|United States article provides more information about the federal records. For Texas the following sources are also very helpful.  
  
 
=== Forts  ===
 
=== Forts  ===
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'''Civil War Forts:''' [http://www.bankheadsbattery.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=2&limitstart=2 Bankhead], [http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qbf09 Chambers], Debrey, [http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qcf02 Esperanza], Green, Hebert, Jackson, [http://wikimapia.org/3553259/Fort-Magruder Magruder], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Manhassett Mannahasset], [http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qcf21 Moore], Morrah, [http://www.civilwaralbum.com/misc10/velasco1.htm Quintana], [http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qcf11 Sabine], [http://www.fortderussy.org/FtHumbug.htm Scurry], [http://www.civilwaralbum.com/misc10/velasco1.htm Valasco]  
 
'''Civil War Forts:''' [http://www.bankheadsbattery.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=2&limitstart=2 Bankhead], [http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qbf09 Chambers], Debrey, [http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qcf02 Esperanza], Green, Hebert, Jackson, [http://wikimapia.org/3553259/Fort-Magruder Magruder], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Manhassett Mannahasset], [http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qcf21 Moore], Morrah, [http://www.civilwaralbum.com/misc10/velasco1.htm Quintana], [http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qcf11 Sabine], [http://www.fortderussy.org/FtHumbug.htm Scurry], [http://www.civilwaralbum.com/misc10/velasco1.htm Valasco]  
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[[]]--1846-1850  
 
[[]]--1846-1850  
  
Fort Quitman 1858 -1877  
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Quitman Fort Quitman] 1858 -1877  
  
Fort Richardson -- Textual records of this fort, 1857-1878, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).  
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Richardson,_Texas Fort Richardson] -- Textual records of this fort, 1857-1878, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).  
  
Fort Ringgold -- Textual records of this fort, 1874-1906, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).  
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[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qbf42 Fort Ringgold] -- Textual records of this fort, 1874-1906, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).  
  
Fort Saint Louis  
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[http://www.txarch.org/archeology/topics/articles/louis.html Fort Saint Louis]
  
Fort Sam Houston 1879-Present; originally San Antonio Quartermaster Depot  
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Sam_Houston Fort Sam Houston] 1879-Present; originally San Antonio Quartermaster Depot  
  
 
Fort San Luis  
 
Fort San Luis  
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Fort Sill -- in Oklahoma  
 
Fort Sill -- in Oklahoma  
  
Fort Stockton 1858 -- Textual records of this fort, 1867-1886, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7). These records have been microfilmed on 3 rolls and are part of National Archives Microcopy M1189.  
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Fort Stockton 1858 -- Textual records of this fort, 1867-1886, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7). These records have been microfilmed on 3 rolls and are part of National Archives Microcopy M1189. These records (M1189) are availble at the Family History Library FHL&nbsp;Film: 1490261 (first film of 8).  
  
Fort Terrett 1852-54  
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Terrett,_Texas Fort Terrett] 1852-54  
  
Fort Teron  
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Ter%C3%A1n Fort Teron]
  
Fort Washita  
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Washita Fort Washita]
  
Fort Worth 1849-53  
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Worth,_Texas Fort Worth] 1849-53  
  
 
'''References'''  
 
'''References'''  
  
''Encyclopedia of Indian wars Western Battles and Skirmishes, 1850-1890. ''By Gregory F. Michno. Mountain press Publishing Co., Missoula, Montana. Co. 2003. [[/en/index.php?title=Special:BookSources&isbn=0878424687|ISBN 0-87842-468-7]]
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''Encyclopedia of Indian wars Western Battles and Skirmishes, 1850-1890. ''By Gregory F. Michno. Mountain press Publishing Co., Missoula, Montana. Co. 2003. ISBN 0-87842-468-7  
  
 
=== War of 1812 (1812-1815)  ===
 
=== War of 1812 (1812-1815)  ===
  
A published roster with added genealogical information for veterans is Mary Smith Fay, ''War of 1812 Veterans in Texas. ''New Orleans, Louisiana: Polyanthos, 1979. (Family History Library&nbsp;book {{FHL|47272|title-id|disp=976.4 M2f}}.)  
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The War of 1812 between Britain and the United States confirmed the separate existence of the United States and the future Canada.<br><br>See the Wiki article, [[Texas in the War of 1812|Texas in the War of 1812]], for information concerning military records, histories, links to relevant web sites, etc. for Texas.<br>
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There are helpful nationwide records for soldiers of the War of 1812. For more information, see [[United States in the War of 1812|United States in the War of 1812]]''.''
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==== Explanation of the Major Record Types  ====
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*Pearson, Thomas A., comp. [http://www.slpl.lib.mo.us/libsrc/genealogicalrecordswarof1812.htm Genealogical Records of the War of 1812]: an Introduction and Selected Bibliography of Materials in the Collection of St. Louis Public Library. (St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis Public Library, July 2004).
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==== Pension Records  ====
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*''War of 1812 pensioners and others on the pension rolls as of January 1, 1883 Texas'' (Cullman, Alabama: Gregath, [199?] pages 40. {{FHL|732314|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 A1 no. 297}}
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==== Veterans in Texas  ====
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*A published roster with added genealogical information for veterans is Mary Smith Fay's, ''War of 1812 Veterans in Texas. ''(New Orleans, Louisiana: Polyanthos, 1979). {{FHL|47272|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 M2f}}.<br>
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*Cook, Donna Gholson: ''Gholson road&nbsp;: revolutionaries and Texas Rangers'' (D.G. Cook, c2005) pages 387 {{FHL|1152700|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 H2}}<br>
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*Hurst, Ernice. ''War of 1812, the second war for independence'' (Houston, Texas, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 1094) page 16 {{FHL|490154|item|disp=FHL book 973 M23}}<br>
  
 
=== War of Texas Independence (1835-1836)  ===
 
=== War of Texas Independence (1835-1836)  ===
  
Published muster rolls of soldiers who served in the war are in ''Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution.'' Austin, Texas: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Incorporated, 1986. (Family History Library book {{FHL|534369|title-id|disp=976.4 M2mr}}.)
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Published muster rolls of soldiers who served in the war are in ''Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution.'' Austin, Texas: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Incorporated, 1986. {{FHL|534369|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 M2mr}}.  
  
Abstracts of pension applications are in John C. Barron, et al., ''Republic of Texas Pension Application Abstracts.'' Austin, Texas: Austin Genealogical Society, 1987. (Family History Library {{FHL|509714|title-id|disp=book 976.4 M2bj, fiche 6101694}} .)
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Abstracts of pension applications are in John C. Barron, et al., ''Republic of Texas Pension Application Abstracts.'' Austin, Texas: Austin Genealogical Society, 1987. {{FHL|509714|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 M2bj}} and {{FHL|509714|item|disp=FHL fiche 6101694}}.  
  
A detailed history of the Alamo seige and a roster of the garrison will be found in Phil Tosenthal and Bill Groneman, ''Roll Call at the Alamo.'' Ft. Collins, Colorado: The Old Army Press, 1985. (Family History Library&nbsp;book {{FHL|430683|title-id|disp=976.4351 M2r}}).  
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A detailed history of the Alamo seige and a roster of the garrison will be found in Phil Tosenthal and Bill Groneman, ''Roll Call at the Alamo.'' Ft. Collins, Colorado: The Old Army Press, 1985. {{FHL|430683|item|disp=FHL book 976.4351 M2r}}.  
  
Biographical sketches of soldiers who served in the Battle of San Jacinto are in Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, ''The Heroes of San Jacinto. ''Houston, Texas: The Anson Jones Press, 1932. (Family History Library&nbsp;{{FHL|192438|title-id|disp=book 976.4141 M2d; film 1000606}}.)
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Biographical sketches of soldiers who served in the Battle of San Jacinto are in Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, ''The Heroes of San Jacinto. ''Houston, Texas: The Anson Jones Press, 1932. {{FHL|192438|item|disp=FHL book 976.4141 M2d}} and {{FHL|192438|item|disp=FHL film 1000606}}.  
  
=== Mexican War (1846-1848) ===
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Patrick, Robert "Scott". [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=62417 Battle of San Jacinto, and It's Veterans], (accessed 20 April 2012).
  
Many soldiers from Texas served in this conflict. The National Archives and the Family History Library have the service records for Texas volunteers (FHL {{FHL|316485|title-id|disp=films 471519-37}}) and the indexes to service and pension records. The pension records have not been filmed and are only available at the National Archives.
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Tabb, William H. Mrs ''War of 1812 ancestors and their children&nbsp;: from the files of John Cavet Chapter United States Daughters of 1812'' (Dallas, Texas, Hudson Genealogy Co. 1985) page 94 {{FHL|675456|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 M2tw}}  
  
A published history of the role Texas played in the war is Henry W. Barton, Texas ''Volunteers in the Mexican War''. Wichita Falls, Texas: Texican Press, 1970. (Family History Library {{FHL|188903|title-id|disp=book 976.4 M2b}}.)  
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=== Mexican War (1846-1848) ===
  
=== Civil War (1861-1865)  ===
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The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided. Many soldiers from Texas served in this conflict. The National Archives and the Family History Library have the service records for Texas volunteers {{FHL|316485|item|disp=FHL films 471519-37}} and the indexes to service and pension records. The pension records have not been filmed and are only available at the National Archives. <br>
  
Soldiers from Texas served in both the Union and Confederate armies. The National Archives and the Family History Library collection includes:  
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*''Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926''. (NARA T317). {{FHL|0537000|item|disp=FHL films 0537000–13}} Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:<br>
  
*Indexes to the service records for soldiers from Texas: Union {{FHL|881592|film}} Confederate {{FHL|880014|film}}.
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:*{{RecordSearch|1979390|United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926}} (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. ([[United States, Index to Mexican War Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])<br>
*Service records for volunteer Union soldiers from Texas {{FHL|1292646|film}}
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*Service records for Confederate soldiers from Texas {{FHL|1501077 |film}}
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*{{RecordSearch|1471019|Union Civil War Pension Index Cards}} This oniline database for Union pensions is 90% complete as of 15&nbsp;April 2010
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*The [http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/pensions/index.php Texas State Library and Archives] has an online index to Confederate pension records. This online index includes widow's pension applications.
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==== '''Confederate Records'''  ====
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*Robarts, William Hugh. ''Mexican War Veterans&nbsp;: A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848…'' Washington, D.C.&nbsp;: Brentano’s, 1887. {{FHL|1854496|item|disp=FHL book 973 M2rwh}} Digital version available at [http://archive.org/details/mexicanwarvetera00roba Internet Archive].<br>
  
Texas Confederate soldiers '''service records''' are available at the National Archives,the Texas State Library, and the Family History Library. Several different indexes exist to help you locate your Confederate ancestor and the unit where he served.&nbsp; Find the unit and company your soldier served with in one of the following indexes:
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*A published history of the role Texas played in the war is Henry W. Barton, Texas ''Volunteers in the Mexican War''. Wichita Falls, Texas: Texican Press, 1970. {{FHL|188903|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 M2b}}.<br>
  
*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
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Click on these links to learn more about the [[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848|Mexican War]] and about [[US Mexican War Pension Records|Mexican War pension records]]. <br>
*''Confederate Index: Confederate Soldiers of the State of Texas.'' {{FHL|227483|film}}&nbsp;
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*Index to compiled service records of Confederate soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Texas {{FHL|880014|film}}
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If you cannot find your soldier in these indexes, use variant surname spellings and first initials for given names. Make a note of which unit and company he served with. Then find the unit (such as 29th Infantry, Company K) in Service Records for Confederate Soldiers from Texas. {{FHL|1501077 |film}}&nbsp; The service records usually include each soldier's name, enlistment date and place, discharge date and place, age, and sometimes residence, and physical description.
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=== Civil War (1861-1865) ===
  
A digitized copy of the [http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=compiled%20service%20records%20of%20confederate%20soldiers Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Texas] is available online at archive.org. Index and records digitized from multiple microfilm rolls.&nbsp;<br>
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[[Image:{{Terrys Texas Rangers}}]]See [[Texas in the Civil War|Texas in the Civil War]] for information about Texas Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Texas regiments involved in the Civil War.  
  
A Confederate '''pension''' index is maintained by the &nbsp;[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/pensions/index.php Texas State Library and Archives].&nbsp; Additionally there is a&nbsp;published index to&nbsp;Confederate&nbsp;pension papers&nbsp;by John M. Kinney, Index to Applications for Texas Confederate Pensions, Rev. ed. Austin, Texas: Archives Division, Texas State Library, 1977. {{FHL|976.4 M22k|book}} {{FHL|928040|film}} {{FHL|6019976|film}}&nbsp; Both approved and rejected pension applications are included in the FHL Texas pension collection {{FHL|960279|film}}&nbsp; Approved pensions are arranged by application number.&nbsp; Rejected applications are arranged alphabetically.<br>
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The regimental pages 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 more about the soldiers and their families.  
  
A published roster of some Texas regiments is Martin Hardwick Hall, ''The Confederate Army of New Mexico.'' Austin, Texas: Presidial Press, 1978. {{FHL|978.9 M2ha|book}} {{FHL|6087304|film}} This lists soldiers of Texas stationed in New Mexico during the war.  
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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 regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor
  
Additionally, the Texas Legislature approved funds to support widows and indigent families and dependents of soldiers serving in State or Confederate forces.&nbsp; Lists were submitted between 1863-1865 by Chief Justices of the counties. This index can be accessed online at the [http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/cif/index.html Texas State Library and Archives.]&nbsp; Not all counties are represented in the index.&nbsp; These records are transcribed in&nbsp;Confederate Indigent Families Lists of Texas 1863-1865 by Linda Mearse. &nbsp;{{FHL|976.4 M2mL|book}}
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. <br>'''Wiki articles describing an online collections are found at:'''
  
==== Texas State Troops  ====
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*[[Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Texas, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
During the War Between the States, Texas supported its own fighting force, Texas State Troops (TST) also known as the Texas Rangers, to protect white settlers from the Comanche and Kiowa Indians. Some of the TST were incorporated into the Confederate States of America (CSA) in March, 1864, but they stayed on the frontier to keep it secure from the Indians until about 1874 when the attacks ceased. This should be helpful to researchers looking for their Texas ancestors. Source: Bourland in North Texas and Indian Territory During the Civil War: Fort Cobb, Fort Arbuckle, and the Wichita Mountains by Patricia Adkins-Rochette
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=== Indian Wars (1780s-1890s) ===
  
==== '''Union Records'''  ====
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Stephens, Robert W. ''Texas Ranger Indian War Pensions''. Quanah, Texas: Nortex Press, 1975. {{FHL|189198|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 M24u}}.
  
In comparison to numbers of Confederate soldiers from Texas, there were relatively few Union units from Texas.&nbsp; An index to Union soldier '''service records''' is found in:
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=== Spanish-American War (1898)<br>  ===
  
*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
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The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided. The Texas Volunteer Guard was mustered into federal service in 1898. Records of these volunteers are at the National Archives. The Texas State Library has some records and muster-out rolls (records of soldiers discharged from military service) for 1899.
*Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas (NARA&nbsp;M393) {{FHL|881592|film}}
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If you cannot find your soldier on the index, use variant surname spellings and initials only for given names. When you find the name of the unit where your soldier served, make a note of it (such as Texas First Calvary). Service records are arranged by unit and then alphabetically within the unit. Find the correct film for Union soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas {{FHL|1292646|film}} (NARA M0402)
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'''Indexes'''
  
A free Internet index to '''pension''' applications of veterans who served in the US Army between 1861-1917 is available on {{RecordSearch |1471019|Civil War Pension Index Cards}}. 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 in this index.  
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*{{RecordSearch|1919699|United States, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934}} (NARA T288). (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. The index covers veterans of the Civil War, '''Spanish‑American War,''' Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Rebellion (1900 to 1901), and the regular Army, Navy, and Marine forces. ([[United States, General Index to Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])
  
Union pension&nbsp;files are not on microfilm and are available only at the [http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/military/pension/1861-1934.html National Archives].<br>
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*{{RecordSearch|1919583|United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898}} (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. ([[United States, Index to Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers in the War with Spain (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])
  
==== '''Southern Claims Commission'''  ====
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Click on the link to learn more about the [[Spanish-American War, 1898|Spanish American War]].
  
If a Union sympathizer in Texas claimed a loss during the Civil War due to Union military confiscation, he could apply to the Southern Claims Commission for reimbursement. Only a few applied per county, but their neighbors were called as witnesses and asked dozens of questions. Hundreds of the residents of all kinds in a county may be mentioned in answers to Commission questions, and their wartime activities described. To learn how to find records mentioning these neighbors in Texas counties during the Civil War see the [[Southern Claims Commission|Southern Claims Commission]].
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=== World War I (1917-1918)  ===
  
=== Spanish-American War (1898)  ===
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World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.
  
The Texas Volunteer Guard was mustered into federal service in 1898. Records of these volunteers are at the National Archives. The Texas State Library has some records and muster-out rolls (records of soldiers discharged from military service) for 1899.
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*United States. Selective Service System. ''Texas, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918''. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1987-1988. {{FHL|747002|item|disp=FHL film 1927189 (first of 183 films)}} Also available at:
  
=== World War I (1917-1918) to the present  ===
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:*{{RecordSearch|1968530|United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} (FamilySearch) - free
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[[United States World War I Draft Records|United States World War I Draft Records]] provides additional information.
  
 
Records of Texans who have participated in any war since World War I are filed in the National Archives and the National Archives—Fort Worth Branch. See the [[United States|United States]] and the [[United States Military Records|United States Military Records]] Wiki articles for more information.  
 
Records of Texans who have participated in any war since World War I are filed in the National Archives and the National Archives—Fort Worth Branch. See the [[United States|United States]] and the [[United States Military Records|United States Military Records]] Wiki articles for more information.  
  
Records of the National Guard units drafted into federal forces are at the Adjutant General's Office, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas.  
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Records of the National Guard units drafted into federal forces are at the Adjutant General's Office, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas.<br>
  
=== Additional Military Records ===
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=== World War II (1941-1945) ===
  
The Texas State Library has pre-statehood records for groups such as the Rangers and Minute companies. The following volumes summarize many of these early records:
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On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.
  
Ingmire, Frances Terry. ''Texas Rangers: Frontier Battalion, Minute Men, Commanding Officers, 1847-1900''. Six Volumes. St. Louis, Missouri: Ingmire Publications, 1982. (Family History Library&nbsp;{{FHL|122795|title-id|disp=book 976.4 M2ift}}.)  
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*{{RecordSearch|1339071|United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse)}} (FamilySearch) - free
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*{{RecordSearch|1861144|United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942}} (images with partial index) (FamilySearch) - free
  
Ingmire, Frances Terry. ''Texas Frontiersmen, 1839-1860: Minute Men, Militia, Home Guard, Indian Fighters''. St. Louis, Missouri: F.T. Ingmire, 1982. (Family History Library&nbsp;{{FHL|189458|title-id|disp=book 976.4 M2i}}.)
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Stephens, Robert W. ''Texas Ranger Indian War Pensions''. Quanah, Texas: Nortex Press, 1975. (Family History Library&nbsp;{{FHL|189198|title-id|disp=book 976.4 M24u}}.)  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 Ancestry] ($)
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*[http://www.fold3.com/title_765/wwii_old_mans_draft_registration_cards Fold3] ($).
  
World War I draft registration cards for men age 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 Texas see:
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[[World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945|World War II United States Military Records]] provides additional information.  
  
United States. Selective Service System. ''Texas, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918''. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1987-1988. (On Family History Library&nbsp;films beginning with {{FHL|747002|title-id|disp=1927189}}.)  
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=== Korean War (1950–1953) ===
  
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.  
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The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the [[United States Korean War 1950 to 1953|Korean War ]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.  
  
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. There is an alphabetical list of cities that are on the map. For a copy of this map see:
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=== Vietnam War (1964–1972)  ===
  
United States. Selective Service System. ''List of World War One Draft Board Maps''. Washington, D.C.: National Archives. (Family History Library {{FHL|641275|title-id|disp=film 1498803}} .)
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The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the [[United States Vietnam War 1964 to 1972|Vietnam War]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.  
  
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=== Additional Military Records ===
  
http://www.archives.gov/
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The Texas State Library has pre-statehood records for groups such as the Rangers and Minute companies. The following volumes summarize many of these early records:  
  
http://www.archives.gov/southwest/<br>
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*Ingmire, Frances Terry. ''Texas Rangers: Frontier Battalion, Minute Men, Commanding Officers, 1847-1900''. Six Volumes. St. Louis, Missouri: Ingmire Publications, 1982. {{FHL|122795|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 M2ift}}.
  
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*Ingmire, Frances Terry. ''Texas Frontiersmen, 1839-1860: Minute Men, Militia, Home Guard, Indian Fighters''. St. Louis, Missouri: F.T. Ingmire, 1982. {{FHL|189458|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 M2i}}.
  
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Records of Texans who have participated in any war since World War I are filed in the National Archives and the National Archives—Fort Worth Branch. See the [[United States|United States]] and the [[United States Military Records|United States Military Records]] Wiki articles for more information.
  
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Records of the National Guard units drafted into federal forces are at the Adjutant General's Office, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas.
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=== Web Sites ===
  
[[Texas|Texas]]. Originally published as a research outline. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/ The National Archives]
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U.S. Military Records 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|United States article provides more information about the federal records. For Texas the following sources are also very helpful.

Forts

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Civil War Forts: Bankhead, Chambers, Debrey, Esperanza, Green, Hebert, Jackson, Magruder, Mannahasset, Moore, Morrah, Quintana, Sabine, Scurry, Valasco

Fort Arbuckle

Port of Austin -- Textual records of this post, 18666-1875, 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).

Fort Belknap 1851 -1867

Fort Bliss 1849 -- Textual records of this fort, 1865-1894, 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).

Fort Brown -- Textual records of this fort, 1865-1906, 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).

Fort Chadbourne 1852-1867

Fort Clark 1852

Fort Cobb

Fort Colorado 1856

Fort Concho -- Textual records of this fort, 1867-1889, 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).

Fort Cooper 1855 -1865

Fort Croghan 1849-53

Fort Davis 1854 -- Textual records of this fort, 1867-1891, 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).

Fort Duncan -- Textual records of this fort, 1868-1883, 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).

Fort Elliott -- Textual records of this fort, 1870-1890, 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).

Fort Ewell 1852-54

Port of Galveston -- Textual records of this post, 1865-1870, 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).

Fort Gates 1849-52

Fort Graham 1849-54

Fort Griffin -- Textual records of this fort, 1868-1881, 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).

Fort Hudson 1857 -1868

Fort Inge 1849 -1869

Post of Jefferson -- Textual records of this post, 1868-1871, 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).

Fort Lancaster 1855 -1861

Fort Lincoln 1849-1852

Fort Martin Scott 1849-52

Fort Mason 1851-1869

Fort McIntosh 1849-1946

Fort McKavett -- Textual records of this fort, 1868-1883, 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).

Fort Merrill 1850-55

Camp Pena Colorado -- Textual records of this fort, 1880-1893, 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).

Fort Phantom Hill 1851-54

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Fort Quitman 1858 -1877

Fort Richardson -- Textual records of this fort, 1857-1878, 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).

Fort Ringgold -- Textual records of this fort, 1874-1906, 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).

Fort Saint Louis

Fort Sam Houston 1879-Present; originally San Antonio Quartermaster Depot

Fort San Luis

Fort Sill -- in Oklahoma

Fort Stockton 1858 -- Textual records of this fort, 1867-1886, 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). These records have been microfilmed on 3 rolls and are part of National Archives Microcopy M1189. These records (M1189) are availble at the Family History Library FHL Film: 1490261 (first film of 8).

Fort Terrett 1852-54

Fort Teron

Fort Washita

Fort Worth 1849-53

References

Encyclopedia of Indian wars Western Battles and Skirmishes, 1850-1890. By Gregory F. Michno. Mountain press Publishing Co., Missoula, Montana. Co. 2003. ISBN 0-87842-468-7

War of 1812 (1812-1815)

The War of 1812 between Britain and the United States confirmed the separate existence of the United States and the future Canada.

See the Wiki article, Texas in the War of 1812, for information concerning military records, histories, links to relevant web sites, etc. for Texas.

There are helpful nationwide records for soldiers of the War of 1812. For more information, see United States in the War of 1812.

Explanation of the Major Record Types

  • Pearson, Thomas A., comp. Genealogical Records of the War of 1812: an Introduction and Selected Bibliography of Materials in the Collection of St. Louis Public Library. (St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis Public Library, July 2004).

Pension Records

  • War of 1812 pensioners and others on the pension rolls as of January 1, 1883 Texas (Cullman, Alabama: Gregath, [199?] pages 40. FHL book 976.4 A1 no. 297

Veterans in Texas

  • A published roster with added genealogical information for veterans is Mary Smith Fay's, War of 1812 Veterans in Texas. (New Orleans, Louisiana: Polyanthos, 1979). FHL book 976.4 M2f.
  • Cook, Donna Gholson: Gholson road : revolutionaries and Texas Rangers (D.G. Cook, c2005) pages 387 FHL book 976.4 H2
  • Hurst, Ernice. War of 1812, the second war for independence (Houston, Texas, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 1094) page 16 FHL book 973 M23

War of Texas Independence (1835-1836)

Published muster rolls of soldiers who served in the war are in Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution. Austin, Texas: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Incorporated, 1986. FHL book 976.4 M2mr.

Abstracts of pension applications are in John C. Barron, et al., Republic of Texas Pension Application Abstracts. Austin, Texas: Austin Genealogical Society, 1987. FHL book 976.4 M2bj and FHL fiche 6101694.

A detailed history of the Alamo seige and a roster of the garrison will be found in Phil Tosenthal and Bill Groneman, Roll Call at the Alamo. Ft. Collins, Colorado: The Old Army Press, 1985. FHL book 976.4351 M2r.

Biographical sketches of soldiers who served in the Battle of San Jacinto are in Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto. Houston, Texas: The Anson Jones Press, 1932. FHL book 976.4141 M2d and FHL film 1000606.

Patrick, Robert "Scott". Battle of San Jacinto, and It's Veterans, (accessed 20 April 2012).

Tabb, William H. Mrs War of 1812 ancestors and their children : from the files of John Cavet Chapter United States Daughters of 1812 (Dallas, Texas, Hudson Genealogy Co. 1985) page 94 FHL book 976.4 M2tw

Mexican War (1846-1848)

The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided. Many soldiers from Texas served in this conflict. The National Archives and the Family History Library have the service records for Texas volunteers FHL films 471519-37 and the indexes to service and pension records. The pension records have not been filmed and are only available at the National Archives.

  • Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926. (NARA T317). FHL films 0537000–13 Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:
  • Robarts, William Hugh. Mexican War Veterans : A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848… Washington, D.C. : Brentano’s, 1887. FHL book 973 M2rwh Digital version available at Internet Archive.
  • A published history of the role Texas played in the war is Henry W. Barton, Texas Volunteers in the Mexican War. Wichita Falls, Texas: Texican Press, 1970. FHL book 976.4 M2b.

Click on these links to learn more about the Mexican War and about Mexican War pension records.

Civil War (1861-1865)

Members of the Terry's Texas Rangers (c. 1861) Company "C"
See Texas in the Civil War for information about Texas Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Texas regiments involved in the Civil War.

The regimental pages 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 more about the soldiers and their families.

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

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Wiki articles describing an online collections are found at:

Indian Wars (1780s-1890s)

Stephens, Robert W. Texas Ranger Indian War Pensions. Quanah, Texas: Nortex Press, 1975. FHL book 976.4 M24u.

Spanish-American War (1898)

The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided. The Texas Volunteer Guard was mustered into federal service in 1898. Records of these volunteers are at the National Archives. The Texas State Library has some records and muster-out rolls (records of soldiers discharged from military service) for 1899.

Indexes

Click on the link to learn more about the Spanish American War.

World War I (1917-1918)

World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.

  • United States. Selective Service System. Texas, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1987-1988. FHL film 1927189 (first of 183 films) Also available at:

United States World War I Draft Records provides additional information.

Records of Texans who have participated in any war since World War I are filed in the National Archives and the National Archives—Fort Worth Branch. See the United States and the United States Military Records Wiki articles for more information.

Records of the National Guard units drafted into federal forces are at the Adjutant General's Office, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas.

World War II (1941-1945)

On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.

Also available at:

World War II United States Military Records provides additional information.

Korean War (1950–1953)

The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the Korean War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Vietnam War (1964–1972)

The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the Vietnam War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Additional Military Records

The Texas State Library has pre-statehood records for groups such as the Rangers and Minute companies. The following volumes summarize many of these early records:

  • Ingmire, Frances Terry. Texas Rangers: Frontier Battalion, Minute Men, Commanding Officers, 1847-1900. Six Volumes. St. Louis, Missouri: Ingmire Publications, 1982. FHL book 976.4 M2ift.
  • Ingmire, Frances Terry. Texas Frontiersmen, 1839-1860: Minute Men, Militia, Home Guard, Indian Fighters. St. Louis, Missouri: F.T. Ingmire, 1982. FHL book 976.4 M2i.

Records of Texans who have participated in any war since World War I are filed in the National Archives and the National Archives—Fort Worth Branch. See the United States and the United States Military Records Wiki articles for more information.

Records of the National Guard units drafted into federal forces are at the Adjutant General's Office, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas.

Web Sites