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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This is an index to the compiled military service records of volunteer soldiers who served during the War with Spain. The service files are located in the National Archives and have not been filmed with the exception of Florida. The index is in alphabetical order.  
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This is an index for the year 1898 to the compiled military service records of volunteer soldiers who served during the War with Spain. The service files are located in the National Archives and have not been filmed with the exception of Florida. The index is in alphabetical order.  
 
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This index covers records for 1898.&nbsp;
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Interest in the Spanish-American War is increasing. The number of participants was small compared to the number who served in the Civil War&nbsp;and World War II. The smaller numbers are in part due to the short length of the Spanish-American War, which ended before many soldiers had even been transported to the war zone. But for the many Americans whose families came to the United States during the mass immigrations of the 1880s and 1890s, the Spanish-American War records are the first military records they can research.  
 
Interest in the Spanish-American War is increasing. The number of participants was small compared to the number who served in the Civil War&nbsp;and World War II. The smaller numbers are in part due to the short length of the Spanish-American War, which ended before many soldiers had even been transported to the war zone. But for the many Americans whose families came to the United States during the mass immigrations of the 1880s and 1890s, the Spanish-American War records are the first military records they can research.  
  
Pension records were carefully compiled on grounds of injury, illness, or disability (and later on age) and often included:&nbsp;&nbsp;
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Pension records were carefully compiled on grounds of injury, illness, or disability (and later on age) and often included:  
  
 
*Application forms  
 
*Application forms  
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Records from the Spanish-American War are generally much more descriptive, complete, and accurate than those from earlier wars. Name spelling became more uniform and literacy more common. These improvements make it easier to locate birth dates, family members, and other important genealogical information.  
 
Records from the Spanish-American War are generally much more descriptive, complete, and accurate than those from earlier wars. Name spelling became more uniform and literacy more common. These improvements make it easier to locate birth dates, family members, and other important genealogical information.  
  
For a list of records by surnames currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1919583/waypoints Browse].
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:  
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'''Service records''' may include the following information:
  
 
*Soldier's name  
 
*Soldier's name  
*Rank and military unit
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*Rank and military unit  
*Date of entry into service
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*Date of entry into service  
 
*Separation by discharge, desertion, or death  
 
*Separation by discharge, desertion, or death  
 
*Film number  
 
*Film number  
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*Surname range
 
*Surname range
  
Service Records may also state:  
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'''Service records''' may also state:  
  
 
*Age  
 
*Age  
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*Residence at time of enlistment
 
*Residence at time of enlistment
  
Entries that refer to miscellaneous personal papers have no corresponding compiled service records. The papers themselves follow the jacket envelopes for most units. See the Family History Library Catalog for complete information on film numbers.  
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Entries that refer to miscellaneous personal papers have no corresponding compiled service records. The papers themselves follow the jacket envelopes for most units. See the FamilySearch Catalog for complete information on film numbers.  
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Surname Range" category which takes you to the images<br>
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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*Your ancestor's full name
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*Other identifying information such as residence and age
  
Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors, whether war achievements or previously unknown biological information. To search for your ancestors in the index, you will need to know their full names.
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=== Search the Collection  ===
  
If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.  
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To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.  
  
Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
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If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image. '''To browse by image:'''<br> To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> <br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Surname Range" which takes you to the images<br>
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family; it will often lead you to other records.  
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Look at each 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 images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.  
  
For example:  
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With either search keep in mind:
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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=== Using the Information  ===
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family; it will often lead you to other records. For example:  
  
 
*Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or&nbsp;cemetery records.  
 
*Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or&nbsp;cemetery records.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
  
You may also find these search tips helpful:
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
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*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/300400?q=*:* NARA Carded Records Showing Military Service  Collection Description]
 
*[http://nutrias.org/guides/genguide/militaryrecords.htm#top Military Records: Guide to Genealogical Matters]  
 
*[http://nutrias.org/guides/genguide/militaryrecords.htm#top Military Records: Guide to Genealogical Matters]  
 
*[http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1998/spring/spanish-american-war-1.html Sailors, Soldiers, and Marines of the Spanish-American War: The Legacy of USS Maine]
 
*[http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1998/spring/spanish-american-war-1.html Sailors, Soldiers, and Marines of the Spanish-American War: The Legacy of USS Maine]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Spanish-American War, 1898]]
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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.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Adjutant General's Office. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.}}<br><br>
  
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"United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898" &nbsp;digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 16 December 2011). John Estabrook, Private, citing Service Records, Es-Far. Image 167; National Archives and Records Center, Washington D.C. United States.
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Record Description

This is an index for the year 1898 to the compiled military service records of volunteer soldiers who served during the War with Spain. The service files are located in the National Archives and have not been filmed with the exception of Florida. The index is in alphabetical order.

Interest in the Spanish-American War is increasing. The number of participants was small compared to the number who served in the Civil War and World War II. The smaller numbers are in part due to the short length of the Spanish-American War, which ended before many soldiers had even been transported to the war zone. But for the many Americans whose families came to the United States during the mass immigrations of the 1880s and 1890s, the Spanish-American War records are the first military records they can research.

Pension records were carefully compiled on grounds of injury, illness, or disability (and later on age) and often included:

  • Application forms
  • Branch of service
  • Rank
  • Military organization
  • Proof of marriage
  • Proof of children's births
  • Summary of military service
  • Death certificates

Service records document an individual’s involvement with the military and can be used for proving military service, or as a valuable tool in genealogical research.

Records from the Spanish-American War are generally much more descriptive, complete, and accurate than those from earlier wars. Name spelling became more uniform and literacy more common. These improvements make it easier to locate birth dates, family members, and other important genealogical information.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898.

Record Content

Service records may include the following information:

  • Soldier's name
  • Rank and military unit
  • Date of entry into service
  • Separation by discharge, desertion, or death
  • Film number
  • Digital image numbers
  • Surname range

Service records may also state:

  • Age
  • Place of birth
  • Residence at time of enlistment

Entries that refer to miscellaneous personal papers have no corresponding compiled service records. The papers themselves follow the jacket envelopes for most units. See the FamilySearch Catalog for complete information on film numbers.

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's full name
  • Other identifying information such as residence and age

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image. To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:

⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Surname Range" which takes you to the images

Look at each 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 images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family; it will often lead you to other records. For example:

  • Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or cemetery records.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Spanish-American War, 1898

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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:

"United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Adjutant General's Office. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

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 United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898.

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 United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898.

 

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