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Record Description

The collection consists of a name index to the compiled military service records (M616) for the Mexican War and compiled service records for the states of Mississippi, (M863), Pennsylvania (M1028), Tennessee (M638), Texas (M278) and Mormon Battalion (Iowa) (M351). The records are a part of RG 94 Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s-1917.

For a list of records by document type and surname range currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"United States, Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publications M616, M863, M1028, M638, M278 and M351. Washington D.C.: National Archives, n.d.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Most of the records include the following information:

  • Name of soldier
  • Name and class of dependent
  • Rank and unit in which served
  • State from which served
  • Date of filing
  • Application number
  • Certificate number
  • Type of records in file
  • NARA publication number, title, and roll number

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name of the soldier
  • Other identifying information such as age, birth date and place, military unit, or enlistment place

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Search the Collection
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Document Type" category
⇒ Select the "Surname Range OR Military Unit and Surname Range" category

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the records of nearby military units.

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Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

  • “Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.

 

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