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== Record Description  ==
 
== 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.  
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This collection consists of an index and images of muster rolls of the United States Marine Corps located at the National Archives. The records are arranged chronologically by month, then by post, station or ship, and are part of Record Group 127 Records of the U.S. Marine Corps The muster rolls are from two National Archive microfilm publications, T1118 (1798-1892, 123 rolls) and T977 (1893-1940, 460 rolls). The muster rolls from T1118, 1798 -1892 have been indexed. Those from T977,1893-1940 have not and are not complete in this publication.  
  
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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The following rolls and dates are not available:
  
During the Civil War, muster rolls grew to include personal information including:&nbsp;
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*rolls 2 Jul-Dec 1893, 100-121 Jan 1914-Apr 1917
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*rolls 124-132 Jun 1917-Jan 1918
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*roll 134 Feb 1918
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*rolls 161-162 Feb 1919
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*rolls 181-186 Oct 1919-Mar 1920
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*rolls 401-460 Apr 1937-Dec 1940.
  
*Nativity (state or country)&nbsp;
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The browse collection for the two publications are arranged by roll number.
*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
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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.
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{{Collection_Browse_Link
 
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This collection covers the years 1798 through 1892.&nbsp;
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|title=United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937
 
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Muster rolls were used to record an idividual's service and pay.
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These records are generally accurate.
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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].
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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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{{Collection citation
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| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->Marine Corps. United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps. National Archives, Washington D.C.<!--bibdescend-->}}  
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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  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
Muster Roll volumes include indexes to ship names, stations, and units. A muster roll generally shows:  
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<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps">
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Image:United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps DGS 5013506 189.jpg|Muster Roll
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Image:United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps DGS 5013506 187.jpg|Monthly Detail
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</gallery>
  
[[Image:United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps DGS 5013506 189.jpg|thumb|right|United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps DGS 5013506 189.jpg]]
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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:  
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In some cases, '''muster rolls''' also contain the following:  
 
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[[Image:United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps DGS 5013506 187.jpg|thumb|right|United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps DGS 5013506 187.jpg]]
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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  ==
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>
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To begin your search you will need to know:  
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>
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⇒Select the "Years, Month Range"category which takes you to the images<br>
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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.
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*The name of your ancestor  
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*The approximate dates of service  
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.  
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*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.
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=== Search the Collection  ===
  
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.  
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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.  
  
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.
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If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection by image. <br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Years, Month Range" which takes you to the images<br>
  
For example:  
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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.
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With either search keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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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. This information will often lead you to other records. For example:  
  
 
*Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.  
 
*Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.  
 
*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.  
 
*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.
 
*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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=== 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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*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.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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=== General Information About These Records  ===
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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;
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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
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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.
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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  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Citations for This Collection ==
  
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.  
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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 citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the&nbsp;wiki article&nbsp;[[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937" Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing NARA microfilm publication T1118. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.}} <br><br>
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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|title=United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937
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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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'''Image Citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
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[[Category:United_States|Military]]
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[[Category:NARA_military_records]]

Latest revision as of 20:38, 6 May 2015

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

Contents

Record Description

This collection consists of an index and images of muster rolls of the United States Marine Corps located at the National Archives. The records are arranged chronologically by month, then by post, station or ship, and are part of Record Group 127 Records of the U.S. Marine Corps The muster rolls are from two National Archive microfilm publications, T1118 (1798-1892, 123 rolls) and T977 (1893-1940, 460 rolls). The muster rolls from T1118, 1798 -1892 have been indexed. Those from T977,1893-1940 have not and are not complete in this publication.

The following rolls and dates are not available:

  • rolls 2 Jul-Dec 1893, 100-121 Jan 1914-Apr 1917
  • rolls 124-132 Jun 1917-Jan 1918
  • roll 134 Feb 1918
  • rolls 161-162 Feb 1919
  • rolls 181-186 Oct 1919-Mar 1920
  • rolls 401-460 Apr 1937-Dec 1940.

The browse collection for the two publications are arranged by roll number.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937.

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 begin your search you will need to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate dates of service
  • The vessels served on.

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 by image.
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Years, Month 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. 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.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • 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.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

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.

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Related Wiki Articles

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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, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937" Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing NARA microfilm publication T1118. 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, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937.

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, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937.

 

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