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<p><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Link title">Link title</a>See also <i><a href="https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/ancestors-season-2-military-records/180">Ancestors Season 2: Military Records</a></i> in the FamilySearch Learning Center. 
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[[Link title]]See also ''[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/ancestors-season-2-military-records/180 Ancestors Season 2: Military Records]'' in the FamilySearch Learning Center. 
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<div style="width: 74%; float: right"><center><i><a href="United States">United States</a> <img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/b/b1/Gotoarrow.png" _fck_mw_filename="Gotoarrow.png" alt="" /> <a href="United_States_Military_Records" class="selflink">Military Records</a></i></center> 
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</p><p>Military records are from times of war and times of peace. They identify individuals who served in the armed forces or who were eligible for service. Military records can help you learn more about your ancestors who served their country. These Wiki pages teach terminology and describe the contents, uses, and availability of major sets of records created mostly by the federal government. You can use them to learn about <i><b>federal</b></i> and <i><b>nationwide</b></i> sources. The Wiki pages discuss only sources that identify personal information about individuals in the armed forces and their units. They do not discuss historical sources about military institutions, weapons, battles, or tactics. The Wiki pages for the separate states have more information about <a href="United States Military Records#State_Military_Records">state military records</a>. 
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<h2> Getting started with United States Military Records research  </h2>
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<p>If you are just beginning research, you may need some introductory information before using this set of Wiki pages. You may want to see the Wiki article <a href="A Guide to Research">Guide to Research</a>. 
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<ul><li><a href="Getting started in United States military records">Getting started</a> 
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</li><li><a href="Military Records Tips for Beginners">Tips for beginners</a> 
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</li><li><a href="Steps for research in United States Military Records">What's the next step?</a> 
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</li><li><a href="Ages of Servicemen in Wars">When could my ancestor have served?</a>
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<p>The <a href="US Military Basic Search Strategies">Basic Search Strategies</a> page of this set suggests steps you should take to find your ancestors in military records. This section is especially valuable if you are just beginning your research. The <a href="US Military Record Selection Table">Record Selection Table</a> can help you choose types of records to search. The Family History Library's collection is described on that page, and there is also a page explaining <a href="US Military Records at the FHL">how to use the Family History Library Catalog</a> to find specific records. <br> 
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<h2> Use military records to:  </h2>
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<ul><li>Find evidence of military or patriotic service 
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</li><li>Find residence at time of&#160;military service&#160;or pension&#160; 
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</li><li><a href="Using military records to find a soldier's birth information">Find birth information</a> 
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</li><li>Find evidence of family relationships 
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</li><li>Find relatives who served and left clues about&#160;my family
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<h2> Research Tools  </h2>
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<ul><li><a href="http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1572">NARA Collections on Ancestry.com</a> - search for NARA collections by NARA title, NARA series number (ex. M313) or Ancestry.com title. 
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</li><li><a href="http://www.archives.gov/research/military">National Archives Military Records</a> - National Archives page explaining some of their records available for the different wars. 
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</li><li><a href="http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/">Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System</a>. Free National Park Service site with a nationwide index to&#160;Union and Confederate servicemen, including U.S. Colored Troops (USCT). 
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</li><li><a href="http://www.ancestry.com">Ancestry.com</a> ($) A subscription site with records from most major American wars, including DAR Rolls of Honor, the Civil War Collection, and World War I Draft Registrations. Also includes selected Loyalist and Confederate sources. 
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</li><li><a href="http://www.fold3.com">Fold3.com</a> ($) (formerly Footnote) Subscription site to digitized and indexed National Archives documents including Civil War Service Records, Civil War Widows Pensions,&#160; Mormon Battalion Pension Files, Pension Index-Civil War to 1900, Revolutionary War Pensions, Southern Claims Commission, WWI and WWII records. 
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</li><li><a href="http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/revwar">HeritageQuestOnline</a>. Search selected records from the Revolutionary War era pension and bounty-land warrant application files. Only at libraries. 
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</li><li><i>Register of Revolutionary War Records <span class="fck_mw_template">{{FSbook|64205}}</span></i> (Family History Library) (Salt Lake City: FHL, 2006) Shows National Archives and other sources available through the Family History Library. 
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</li><li><a href="http://www.loc.gov/vets/">Veterans History Project</a> (Library of Congress) 
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</li><li><a href="http://veteranshistoryinstitute.org/index.htm">National Veterans History Archival Institute</a> 
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</li><li><a href="http://www.archives.gov/">National Archives</a> 
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</li><li><a href="http://www.militaryindexes.com/">Online Military Records and Indexes</a> Sources for military records on the Internet
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</li><li><a href="http://www.cyndislist.com/military.htm">Cyndi's List U.S. Military Links</a> 
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</li><li><a href="http://www.telusplanet.net/public/mtoll/usmil.htm">Mary's Genealogy Treasures</a> 
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</li><li><a href="US Military For Further Reading">For Further Reading</a> 
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</li><li>See <a href="Additional websites for general military research">More</a><br>
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<p><b>Wiki articles describing online Military&#160;collections are found at:</b> 
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<ul><li><a href="United States, Service Records of Union Soldiers Who Served in the United States Colored Troops (FamilySearch Historical Records)">United States, Service Records of Union Soldiers Who Served in the United States Colored Troops (FamilySearch Historical Records)</a> 
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</li><li><a href="United States, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)">United States, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)</a> 
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</li><li><a href="United States Civil War Soldiers Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)">United States Civil War Soldiers Index (FamilySearch Historical Records</a> 
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</li><li>U<a href="United States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps (FamilySearch Historical Records)">nited States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corp</a>&#160;<a href="United States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps (FamilySearch Historical Records)">(FamilySearch Historical Records)</a> 
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</li><li><a href="United States, Records of Headstones Provided Deceased Union Civil War Veterans (FamilySearch Historical Records)">United States, Records of Headstones Provided Deceased Union Civil War Veterans (FamilySearch Historical Records)</a> 
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</li><li><a href="United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)">United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)</a> 
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</li><li><a href="United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)">United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Reocrds)</a>
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<h2> State Military Records  </h2>
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<div style="width: 74%; float: right"><center>''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United_States_Military_Records|Military Records]]''</center> 
<ul><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/9/93/Alabama_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Alabama flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Alabama flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Alabama Military Records">Alabama</a> 
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Military records are from times of war and times of peace. They identify individuals who served in the armed forces or who were eligible for service. Military records can help you learn more about your ancestors who served their country. These Wiki pages teach terminology and describe the contents, uses, and availability of major sets of records created mostly by the federal government. You can use them to learn about '''''federal''''' and '''''nationwide''''' sources. The Wiki pages discuss only sources that identify personal information about individuals in the armed forces and their units. They do not discuss historical sources about military institutions, weapons, battles, or tactics. The Wiki pages for the separate states have more information about [[United States Military Records#State_Military_Records|state military records]]. 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/4/40/Arkansas_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Arkansas flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Arkansas flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Arkansas Military Records">Arkansas</a> 
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</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/7/74/California_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="California flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="California flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="California Military Records">California</a> 
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== Getting started with United States Military Records research  ==
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/1/18/Colorado_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Colorado flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Colorado flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Colorado Military Records">Colorado</a> 
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If you are just beginning research, you may need some introductory information before using this set of Wiki pages. You may want to see the Wiki article [[A Guide to Research|Guide to Research]]. 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/4/47/Delaware_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Delaware flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Delaware flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Delaware Military Records">Delaware</a> 
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</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/b/b5/District_of_Columbia_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="District of Columbia flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="11" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="District of Columbia flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 11;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="District of Columbia Military Records">District of Columbia</a> 
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*[[Getting started in United States military records|Getting started]] 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/f/fe/Florida_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Florida flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Florida flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Florida Military Records">Florida</a> 
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*[[Military Records Tips for Beginners|Tips for beginners]] 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/a/a1/Georgia_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Georgia flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="14" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Georgia flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 14;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Georgia Military Records">Georgia</a> 
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*[[Steps for research in United States Military Records|What's the next step?]] 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/b/be/Hawaii_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Hawaii flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="11" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Hawaii flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 11;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Hawaii Military Records">Hawaii</a> 
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*[[Ages of Servicemen in Wars|When could my ancestor have served?]]
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/d/de/Idaho_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Idaho flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="18" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Idaho flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 18;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Idaho Military Records">Idaho</a> 
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</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/4/48/Illinois_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Illinois flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="13" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Illinois flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 13;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Illinois Military Records">Illinois</a> 
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The [[US Military Basic Search Strategies|Basic Search Strategies]] page of this set suggests steps you should take to find your ancestors in military records. This section is especially valuable if you are just beginning your research. The [[US Military Record Selection Table|Record Selection Table]] can help you choose types of records to search. The Family History Library's collection is described on that page, and there is also a page explaining [[US Military Records at the FHL|how to use the Family History Library Catalog]] to find specific records. <br> 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/1/12/Indiana_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Indiana flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Indiana flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Indiana Military Records">Indiana</a> 
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</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/2/20/Iowa_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Iowa flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Iowa flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Iowa Military Records">Iowa</a> 
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== Use military records to:  ==
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*Find evidence of military or patriotic service 
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*Find residence at time of&nbsp;military service&nbsp;or pension&nbsp; 
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*[[Using military records to find a soldier's birth information|Find birth information]] 
<ul><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/2/29/Kentucky_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Kentucky flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Kentucky flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Kentucky Military Records">Kentucky</a> 
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*Find evidence of family relationships 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4a/Louisiana_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Louisiana flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Louisiana flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Louisiana Military Records">Louisiana</a> 
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*Find relatives who served and left clues about&nbsp;my family
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</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/e/e4/Maryland_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Maryland flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Maryland flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Maryland Military Records">Maryland</a> 
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== Research Tools  ==
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/b/bb/Massachusetts_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Massachusetts flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="13" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Massachusetts flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 13;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Massachusetts Military Records">Massachusetts</a> 
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</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/f/ff/Michigan_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Michigan flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Michigan flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Michigan Military Records">Michigan</a> 
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1572 NARA Collections on Ancestry.com] - search for NARA collections by NARA title, NARA series number (ex. M313) or Ancestry.com title. 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/b/be/Minnesota_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Minnesota flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="14" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Minnesota flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 14;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Minnesota Military Records">Minnesota</a> 
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/military National Archives Military Records] - National Archives page explaining some of their records available for the different wars. 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/2/22/Mississippi_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Mississippi flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="13" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Mississippi flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 13;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Mississippi Military Records">Mississippi</a> 
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*[http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]. Free National Park Service site with a nationwide index to&nbsp;Union and Confederate servicemen, including U.S. Colored Troops (USCT). 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/7/70/Missouri_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Missouri flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="13" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Missouri flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 13;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Missouri Military Records">Missouri</a> 
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*[http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] ($) A subscription site with records from most major American wars, including DAR Rolls of Honor, the Civil War Collection, and World War I Draft Registrations. Also includes selected Loyalist and Confederate sources. 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/a/a0/Montana_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Montana flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Montana flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Montana Military Records">Montana</a> 
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*[http://www.fold3.com Fold3.com] ($) (formerly Footnote) Subscription site to digitized and indexed National Archives documents including Civil War Service Records, Civil War Widows Pensions,&nbsp; Mormon Battalion Pension Files, Pension Index-Civil War to 1900, Revolutionary War Pensions, Southern Claims Commission, WWI and WWII records. 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/1/18/Nebraska_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Nebraska flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="13" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Nebraska flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 13;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Nebraska Military Records">Nebraska</a> 
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*[http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/revwar HeritageQuestOnline]. Search selected records from the Revolutionary War era pension and bounty-land warrant application files. Only at libraries. 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/6/6c/Nevada_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Nevada flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Nevada flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Nevada Military Records">Nevada</a> 
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*''Register of Revolutionary War Records {{FSbook|64205}}'' (Family History Library) (Salt Lake City: FHL, 2006) Shows National Archives and other sources available through the Family History Library. 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/9/9c/New_Hampshire_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="New Hampshire flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="New Hampshire flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="New Hampshire Military Records">New Hampshire</a> 
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*[http://www.loc.gov/vets/ Veterans History Project] (Library of Congress) 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/c/c8/New_Jersey_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="New Jersey flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="New Jersey flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="New Jersey Military Records">New Jersey</a> 
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*[http://veteranshistoryinstitute.org/index.htm National Veterans History Archival Institute] 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/e/e0/New_Mexico_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="New Mexico flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="New Mexico flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="New Mexico Military Records">New Mexico</a> 
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*[http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives] 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/0/01/New_York_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="New York flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="11" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="New York flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 11;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="New York Military Records">New York</a> 
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*[http://www.militaryindexes.com/ Online Military Records and Indexes] Sources for military records on the Internet
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/military.htm Cyndi's List U.S. Military Links] 
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*[http://www.telusplanet.net/public/mtoll/usmil.htm Mary's Genealogy Treasures] 
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*[[US Military For Further Reading|For Further Reading]] 
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*See [[Additional websites for general military research|More]]<br>
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</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/2/2e/Ohio_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Ohio flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="14" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Ohio flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 14;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Ohio Military Records">Ohio</a> 
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'''Wiki articles describing online Military&nbsp;collections are found at:''' 
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*[[United States, Service Records of Union Soldiers Who Served in the United States Colored Troops (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Service Records of Union Soldiers Who Served in the United States Colored Troops (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] 
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*[[United States, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] 
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*[[United States Civil War Soldiers Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Civil War Soldiers Index (FamilySearch Historical Records]] 
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*U[[United States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps (FamilySearch Historical Records)|nited States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corp]]&nbsp;[[United States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps (FamilySearch Historical Records)|(FamilySearch Historical Records)]] 
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*[[United States, Records of Headstones Provided Deceased Union Civil War Veterans (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Records of Headstones Provided Deceased Union Civil War Veterans (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/c/cb/Tennessee_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Tennessee flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="13" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Tennessee flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 13;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Tennessee Military Records">Tennessee</a> 
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*[[United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] 
</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/e/e0/Texas_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Texas flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Texas flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Texas Military Records">Texas</a> 
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*[[United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Reocrds)]]
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</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/e/ec/Virginia_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Virginia flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="15" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Virginia flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 15;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Virginia Military Records">Virginia</a> 
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</li><li><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d7/Washington_flag.png" _fck_mw_filename="Washington flag.png" _fck_mw_width="22" _fck_mw_height="13" _fck_mw_type="border" alt="Washington flag.png" class="fck_mw_border" style="width: 22; height: 13;" />&#160;&#160;<a href="Washington Military Records">Washington</a> 
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== State Military Records  ==
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*[[Image:Alabama flag.png|border|22x15px|Alabama flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Alabama Military Records|Alabama]] 
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*[[Image:Alaska flag.png|border|22x15px|Alaska flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Alaska Military Records|Alaska]] 
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*[[Image:Arizona flag.png|border|22x15px|Arizona flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Arizona Military Records|Arizona]] 
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*[[Image:Arkansas flag.png|border|22x15px|Arkansas flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Arkansas Military Records|Arkansas]] 
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*[[Image:California flag.png|border|22x15px|California flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[California Military Records|California]] 
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*[[Image:Colorado flag.png|border|22x15px|Colorado flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Colorado Military Records|Colorado]] 
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*[[Image:Connecticut flag.png|border|22x13px|Connecticut flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Connecticut Military Records|Connecticut]] 
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*[[Image:Delaware flag.png|border|22x15px|Delaware flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Delaware Military Records|Delaware]] 
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*[[Image:District of Columbia flag.png|border|22x11px|District of Columbia flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[District of Columbia Military Records|District of Columbia]] 
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*[[Image:Florida flag.png|border|22x15px|Florida flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Florida Military Records|Florida]] 
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*[[Image:Georgia flag.png|border|22x14px|Georgia flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Georgia Military Records|Georgia]] 
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*[[Image:Hawaii flag.png|border|22x11px|Hawaii flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Hawaii Military Records|Hawaii]] 
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*[[Image:Idaho flag.png|border|22x18px|Idaho flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Idaho Military Records|Idaho]] 
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*[[Image:Illinois flag.png|border|22x13px|Illinois flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Illinois Military Records|Illinois]] 
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*[[Image:Indiana flag.png|border|22x15px|Indiana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Indiana Military Records|Indiana]] 
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*[[Image:Iowa flag.png|border|22x15px|Iowa flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Iowa Military Records|Iowa]] 
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*[[Image:Kansas flag.png|border|22x13px|Kansas flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Kansas Military Records|Kansas]]
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*[[Image:Kentucky flag.png|border|22x15px|Kentucky flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Kentucky Military Records|Kentucky]] 
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*[[Image:Louisiana flag.png|border|22x15px|Louisiana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Louisiana Military Records|Louisiana]] 
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*[[Image:Maine flag.png|border|22x15px|Maine flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Maine Military Records|Maine]] 
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*[[Image:Maryland flag.png|border|22x15px|Maryland flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Maryland Military Records|Maryland]] 
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*[[Image:Massachusetts flag.png|border|22x13px|Massachusetts flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Massachusetts Military Records|Massachusetts]] 
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*[[Image:Michigan flag.png|border|22x15px|Michigan flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Michigan Military Records|Michigan]] 
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*[[Image:Minnesota flag.png|border|22x14px|Minnesota flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Minnesota Military Records|Minnesota]] 
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*[[Image:Mississippi flag.png|border|22x13px|Mississippi flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Mississippi Military Records|Mississippi]] 
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*[[Image:Missouri flag.png|border|22x13px|Missouri flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Missouri Military Records|Missouri]] 
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*[[Image:Montana flag.png|border|22x15px|Montana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Montana Military Records|Montana]] 
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*[[Image:Nebraska flag.png|border|22x13px|Nebraska flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Nebraska Military Records|Nebraska]] 
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*[[Image:Nevada flag.png|border|22x15px|Nevada flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Nevada Military Records|Nevada]] 
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*[[Image:New Hampshire flag.png|border|22x15px|New Hampshire flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Hampshire Military Records|New Hampshire]] 
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*[[Image:New Jersey flag.png|border|22x15px|New Jersey flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Jersey Military Records|New Jersey]] 
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*[[Image:New Mexico flag.png|border|22x15px|New Mexico flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Mexico Military Records|New Mexico]] 
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*[[Image:New York flag.png|border|22x11px|New York flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New York Military Records|New York]] 
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*[[Image:North Carolina flag.png|border|22x15px|North Carolina flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[North Carolina Military Records|North Carolina]]
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*[[Image:North Dakota flag.png|border|22x17px|North Dakota flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[North Dakota Military Records|North Dakota]] 
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*[[Image:Ohio flag.png|border|22x14px|Ohio flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Ohio Military Records|Ohio]] 
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*[[Image:Oklahoma flag.png|border|22x15px|Oklahoma flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Oklahoma Military Records|Oklahoma]] 
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*[[Image:Oregon flag.png|border|22x13px|Oregon flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Oregon Military Records|Oregon]] 
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*[[Image:Pennsylvania flag.png|border|22x15px|Pennsylvania flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Pennsylvania Military Records|Pennsylvania]] 
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*[[Image:Rhode Island flag.png|border|21x20px|Rhode Island flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Rhode Island Military Records|Rhode Island]] 
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*[[Image:South Carolina flag.png|border|22x15px|South Carolina flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[South Carolina Military Records|South Carolina]] 
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*[[Image:South Dakota flag.png|border|22x13px|South Dakota flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[South Dakota Military Records|South Dakota]] 
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*[[Image:Tennessee flag.png|border|22x13px|Tennessee flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Tennessee Military Records|Tennessee]] 
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*[[Image:Texas flag.png|border|22x15px|Texas flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Texas Military Records|Texas]] 
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*[[Image:Utah flag.png|border|22x15px|Utah flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Utah Military Records|Utah]] 
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*[[Image:Vermont flag.png|border|22x13px|Vermont flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Vermont Military Records|Vermont]] 
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*[[Image:Virginia flag.png|border|22x15px|Virginia flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Virginia Military Records|Virginia]] 
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*[[Image:Washington flag.png|border|22x13px|Washington flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Washington Military Records|Washington]] 
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*[[Image:West Virginia flag.png|border|22x12px|West Virginia flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[West Virginia Military Records|West Virginia]] 
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*[[Image:Wisconsin flag.png|border|22x15px|Wisconsin flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Wisconsin Military Records|Wisconsin]] 
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*[[Image:Wyoming flag.png|border|22x15px|Wyoming flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Wyoming Military Records|Wyoming]]
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Military records are from times of war and times of peace. They identify individuals who served in the armed forces or who were eligible for service. Military records can help you learn more about your ancestors who served their country. These Wiki pages teach terminology and describe the contents, uses, and availability of major sets of records created mostly by the federal government. You can use them to learn about federal and nationwide sources. The Wiki pages discuss only sources that identify personal information about individuals in the armed forces and their units. They do not discuss historical sources about military institutions, weapons, battles, or tactics. The Wiki pages for the separate states have more information about state military records

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The Basic Search Strategies page of this set suggests steps you should take to find your ancestors in military records. This section is especially valuable if you are just beginning your research. The Record Selection Table can help you choose types of records to search. The Family History Library's collection is described on that page, and there is also a page explaining how to use the Family History Library Catalog to find specific records.
 

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