United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
This collection covers the years 1798 through 1892.  
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This collection consists of images of muster rolls of the United States Marine Corps located at the National Archives. The rolls are arranged chronologically by month, then by post, station, or ship. This collection covers the years 1798 through 1892.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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For a list of records by dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1916228/waypoints Browse].
  
This collection consists of images of muster rolls of the United States Marine Corps located at the National Archives. The rolls are arranged chronologically by month, then by post, station, or ship.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
=== Record Content  ===
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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.
  
Muster Roll volumes include indexes&nbsp;to ship names, stations, and units. A muster roll generally shows:  
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1892" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication T1118. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.}}
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[[United States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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Muster Roll volumes include indexes to ship names, stations, and units. A muster roll generally shows:  
  
 
*Name of officer or enlisted man  
 
*Name of officer or enlisted man  
*Rank  
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*Rank and unit in which served
*Date of enlistment or reenlistment
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*Date of enlistment  
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*Date of re-enlistment
 
*Name of ship  
 
*Name of ship  
*Station
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*Notes regarding promotions, etc.
*Unit
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In some cases, muster rolls also contain the following:  
 
In some cases, muster rolls also contain the following:  
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*Injuries or illness and type of treatment  
 
*Injuries or illness and type of treatment  
 
*Date of death or discharge  
 
*Date of death or discharge  
*Date of desertion or apprehension  
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*Date of desertion  
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*Date of apprehension  
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*Date of court martial
 
*Sentence of court-martial
 
*Sentence of court-martial
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
These records are a valuble source of information for those wishing to learn more about ancestors that served in the Marines, particularly if only limited military information is known.
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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 "Years, Month Range" which takes you to the images<br>
  
It is essential that you know the officer or enlisted man's name, as well as the vessel,&nbsp;unit, or duty station&nbsp;in which he served. If the Marine had a common surname, be sure to check all records for the name before deciding which is the correct record.  
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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.  
  
== Record History  ==
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These records are a valuable source of information for those wishing to learn more about ancestors who served in the Marines, particularly if only limited military information is known. To search for your ancestors you will need to know their&nbsp;full names. It is also helpful to know their&nbsp;approximate dates of service and the vessels served on.
  
=== Why this Record Was Created  ===
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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. Comparing the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors will help you determine if you have found the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
  
Muster rolls were created as a form of recording an officer's service in the Marine Corps to pay them for their service.  
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If your surname is unusual, you may also find it helpful to compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. If the Marine had a common surname, be sure to check all records for the name before deciding which record is correct.  
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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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. This information will often lead you to other records.
  
These records are generally accurate but depend upon the reliability of the informat.
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For example:
  
== Related Websites  ==
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*Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.
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*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
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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.
  
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==== General Information About These Records ====
  
[http://civilwarsoldiersearch.com/marine-corps-records.html Civil War Soldier Search: Muster Rolls]
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The Continental Marines were founded in 1775 to aid the original 13 colonies in their fight for independence. The Marine Corps was created in 1798. It was part of the Navy Department from 1834 until 1952, when it became a distinct branch of the military.&nbsp;
  
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During the Civil War, muster rolls grew to include personal information including:&nbsp;
  
[[U.S. Marine Corps]]
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*Nativity (state or country)&nbsp;
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*Date and place joined&nbsp;
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*Age when&nbsp;enlisted&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*Date and place mustered in&nbsp;
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*Place and date mustered out
  
[http://bit.ly/kW3szO Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps Film Notes]
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Records of Marine Corps soldiers and officers are available at the National Archives in Record Group 127 for the years 1798 to 1904.
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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Muster rolls were used to record an idividual's service and pay. These records are generally accurate.
  
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== Related Websites  ==
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/127.html National Archives]
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*[http://www.archives.com/GA.aspx?_act=ancestorsearch&klp=GA13002&cam=643&KW2=Military&gclid=CLz1yZuJvakCFeUbQgodKC66hQ Archives]
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*[http://www.recordsbase.com/ Records Base]
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*[http://civilwarsoldiersearch.com/marine-corps-records.html Civil War Soldier Search: Muster Rolls]
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*[http://bit.ly/kW3szO Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps Film Notes]
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.
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*[[U.S. Marine Corps]]
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*[[United States Military Records|United States Military Records]]
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
  
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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.
  
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
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*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
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== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->United States. Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps, 1798-1892. Record Group 127, NARA publication T1118. Federal Archives and Records Center. Washington D.C. <!--bibdescend-->
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"United States, Muster Roles of the Marine Corps, 1798-1892" &nbsp;digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 17 November 2011). r Thomas Burke, &nbsp;1 September 1865; citing Marine Corps Records, 1865 Jan.-Feb., Image 7; Record Group 127, NARA publication T1118, Federal Archives and Records Center, Washington D.C. United States.
  
 
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Revision as of 17:47, 8 May 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This collection consists of images of muster rolls of the United States Marine Corps located at the National Archives. The rolls are arranged chronologically by month, then by post, station, or ship. This collection covers the years 1798 through 1892.

For a list of records by dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

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.

"United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1892" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication T1118. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content


Muster Roll volumes include indexes to ship names, stations, and units. A muster roll generally shows:

  • Name of officer or enlisted man
  • Rank and unit in which served
  • Date of enlistment
  • Date of re-enlistment
  • Name of ship
  • Notes regarding promotions, etc.

In some cases, muster rolls also contain the following:

  • Injuries or illness and type of treatment
  • Date of death or discharge
  • Date of desertion
  • Date of apprehension
  • Date of court martial
  • Sentence of court-martial

How to Use the Record

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Years, Month Range" which takes you to the images

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.

These records are a valuable source of information for those wishing to learn more about ancestors who served in the Marines, particularly if only limited military information is known. To search for your ancestors you will need to know their full names. It is also helpful to know their approximate dates of service and the vessels served on.

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. Comparing the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors will help you determine if you have found the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

If your surname is unusual, you may also find it helpful to compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. If the Marine had a common surname, be sure to check all records for the name before deciding which record is correct.

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. This information will often lead you to other records.

For example:

  • Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial 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.

General Information About These Records

The Continental Marines were founded in 1775 to aid the original 13 colonies in their fight for independence. The Marine Corps was created in 1798. It was part of the Navy Department from 1834 until 1952, when it became a distinct branch of the military. 

During the Civil War, muster rolls grew to include personal information including: 

  • Nativity (state or country) 
  • Date and place joined 
  • Age when enlisted  
  • Date and place mustered in 
  • Place and date mustered out

Records of Marine Corps soldiers and officers are available at the National Archives in Record Group 127 for the years 1798 to 1904.

Muster rolls were used to record an idividual's service and pay. These records are generally accurate.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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 citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"United States, Muster Roles of the Marine Corps, 1798-1892"  digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 17 November 2011). r Thomas Burke,  1 September 1865; citing Marine Corps Records, 1865 Jan.-Feb., Image 7; Record Group 127, NARA publication T1118, Federal Archives and Records Center, Washington D.C. United States.