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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 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.  
 
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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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This collection covers the years 1798 through 1892.&nbsp;
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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].  
 
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].  
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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== 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.
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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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Image:United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps DGS 5013506 189.jpg|Muster Roll
[[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:  
 
Muster Roll volumes include indexes to ship names, stations, and units. A muster roll generally shows:  
 
[[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]]
 
  
 
*Name of officer or enlisted man  
 
*Name of officer or enlisted man  
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In some cases, muster rolls also contain the following:  
 
In some cases, muster rolls also contain the following:  
 
[[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]]
 
  
 
*Injuries or illness and type of treatment  
 
*Injuries or illness and type of treatment  
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== 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 "Years, Month Range"category which takes you to the images<br>
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To begin your search you will need 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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*The name of your ancestor  
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*The approximate dates of service
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*The vessels served on.
  
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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=== 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. 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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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 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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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>
  
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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Look at each image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.  
  
For example:  
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Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. 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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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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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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*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.
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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;
 +
*Date and place joined&nbsp;
 +
*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.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1916228/waypoints United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1892]
  
 
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.  
 
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&nbsp;wiki article&nbsp;[[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in 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.
  
"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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{{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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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.

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. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. 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.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

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.
  • 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.

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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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1892

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.

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.

 

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