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[[Image:Washington Crossing the Delaware.jpg|thumb|265px]]<br>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]].  
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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>  
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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]].  
  
 
== Getting started with United States Military Records research  ==
 
== Getting started with United States Military Records research  ==
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*[[Military Records Tips for Beginners|Tips for beginners]]  
 
*[[Military Records Tips for Beginners|Tips for beginners]]  
 
*[[Steps for research in United States Military Records|What's the next step?]]  
 
*[[Steps for research in United States Military Records|What's the next step?]]  
*[[United States Naval Enlistment Rendezvous (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[United States Navy Widows' Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
 
*[[Ages of Servicemen in Wars|When could my ancestor have served?]]
 
*[[Ages of Servicemen in Wars|When could my ancestor have served?]]
  
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*Find evidence of family relationships  
 
*Find evidence of family relationships  
 
*Find relatives who served and left clues about&nbsp;my family
 
*Find relatives who served and left clues about&nbsp;my family
 
== Types of Military Records  ==
 
 
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Service Records
 
 
*[[Draft Records|Draft Records]]
 
*[[Service Records|Service Records]]
 
 
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Records after Service
 
 
*[[Pensions|Pensions]]
 
*[[Unit Histories|Unit Histories]]
 
*[[Bounty Land Warrants|Bounty Land Warrants]]
 
 
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== Records available for Individual Wars  ==
 
 
[[Image:Ww2-156-1-.jpg|thumb|right]] There is an explanation of general [[US Military Types of Military Records|types of military records]] available for most wars. Not all military records sources are mentioned in the wars pages. Records not specific to a particular war but to a branch of the service are described on the page for that service branch. These pages do not include sources for the Coast Guard and Air Force.
 
 
*[[Colonial Wars, 1607 to 1763|Colonial Wars, 1607 to 1763]]
 
*[[Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783|Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783]]
 
*[[War of 1812, 1812 to 1815|War of 1812, 1812 to 1815]]
 
*[[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848|Mexican War, 1846 to 1848]]
 
*[[United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865|Civil War, 1861 to 1865]]
 
*[[United States Indian Wars, 1780-s-1890-s|Indian Wars, 1780s to 1890s]]
 
*[[Spanish-American War, 1898|Spanish-American War, 1898]]
 
*[[Philippine Insurrection, 1899 to 1902|Philippine Insurrection, 1899 to 1902]]
 
*[[World War I United States Military Records, 1917 to 1918|World War I, 1917 to 1918]]
 
*[[World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945|World War II, 1941 to 1945]]
 
*[[United States|United_States_Korean_War_1950_to_1953]]
 
*[[United States Vietnam War 1964 to 1972|Vietnam War 1964 to 1972]]
 
*[[United States Military in the Korean War 1950 to 1953 and Vietnam War 1964 to 1972|Korean War, 1950 to 1953, and Vietnam War, 1964 to 1972]]
 
*[[US Military For Further Reading|For Further Reading]]
 
  
 
== Research Tools  ==
 
== Research Tools  ==
  
*FamilySearch Record Search.&nbsp;Free. Includes&nbsp;{{RecordSearch|1471019|Civil War Pension Index Cards}} (no images), [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;c=1527724;t=browsable;w=0 Louisiana War of 1812 Pension Lists] (images only), [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;c=1339071;t=browsable;w=0 World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942] (images only), [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;c=1483040;t=browsable;w=0 Vermont Enrolled Militia records, 1861-1867] (images only).  
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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.  
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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.  
 
*[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).  
 
*[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).  
*[http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/revwar HeritageQuestOnline]. Search selected records from the Revolutionary War era pension and bounty-land warrant application files. This subscription site is also available at selected libraries.
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*[http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] ($) A subscription site with records from most major American wars, including DAR Rolls of Honor, the Civil War Collection, and World War I Draft Registrations. Also includes selected Loyalist and Confederate sources.  
*[http://www.ancestryinstitution.com/search/rectype/default.aspx?rt=39 Ancestry.com] ($) 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.  
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*[http://www.fold3.com Fold3.com] ($) (formerly Footnote) Subscription site to digitized and indexed National Archives documents including Civil War Service Records, Civil War Widows Pensions,&nbsp; Mormon Battalion Pension Files, Pension Index-Civil War to 1900, Revolutionary War Pensions, Southern Claims Commission, WWI and WWII records.  
*[http://www.fold3.com/institution-index.php Fold3.com] ($) (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.  
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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.
*Family History Library, ''[http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH33&CISOPTR=13300&REC=10 Register of Revolutionary War Records]'' (Salt Lake City: FHL, 2006) Shows National Archives and other sources available through the Family History Library.  
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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.  
*Library of Congress: [http://www.loc.gov/vets/ Veterans History Project]  
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*[http://www.loc.gov/vets/ Veterans History Project] (Library of Congress)
 
*[http://veteranshistoryinstitute.org/index.htm National Veterans History Archival Institute]  
 
*[http://veteranshistoryinstitute.org/index.htm National Veterans History Archival Institute]  
 
*[http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives]  
 
*[http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives]  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/military.htm Cyndi's List U.S. Military Links]  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/military.htm Cyndi's List U.S. Military Links]  
 
*[http://www.telusplanet.net/public/mtoll/usmil.htm Mary's Genealogy Treasures]  
 
*[http://www.telusplanet.net/public/mtoll/usmil.htm Mary's Genealogy Treasures]  
*See [[Additional websites for general military research|More]]
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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>
  
=== FamilySearch Historical Record Collections  ===
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'''Wiki articles describing online Military&nbsp;collections are found at:'''
  
Online collections containing these records are located in [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list FamilySearch.org]  
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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)]]
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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)]]
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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)]]
  
Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:
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*[[United_States,_Index_to_War_of_1812_Pension_Application_Files_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|United States, Index to War &nbsp;of 1812 Pension Application Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[United States Naval Enlistment Rendezvous (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Naval Enlistment Rendezvous (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 for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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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 Records)]]<br>
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== State Military Records  ==
 
== State Military Records  ==
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*[[Image:California flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[California Military Records|California]]  
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*[[Image:California flag.png|border|22x15px|California flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[California Military Records|California]]  
*[[Image:Colorado flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Colorado Military Records|Colorado]]  
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*[[Image:Connecticut flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Connecticut Military Records|Connecticut]]  
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*[[Image:Connecticut flag.png|border|22x13px|Connecticut flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Connecticut Military Records|Connecticut]]  
*[[Image:Delaware flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Delaware Military Records|Delaware]]  
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*[[Image:Delaware flag.png|border|22x15px|Delaware flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Delaware Military Records|Delaware]]  
*[[Image:District of Columbia flag.png|border|22x11px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[District of Columbia Military Records|District of Columbia]]  
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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]]  
*[[Image:Florida flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Florida Military Records|Florida]]  
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*[[Image:Florida flag.png|border|22x15px|Florida flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Florida Military Records|Florida]]  
*[[Image:Georgia flag.png|border|22x14px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Georgia Military Records|Georgia]]  
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*[[Image:Georgia flag.png|border|22x14px|Georgia flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Georgia Military Records|Georgia]]  
*[[Image:Hawaii flag.png|border|22x11px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Hawaii Military Records|Hawaii]]  
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*[[Image:Hawaii flag.png|border|22x11px|Hawaii flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Hawaii Military Records|Hawaii]]  
*[[Image:Idaho flag.png|border|22x18px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Idaho Military Records|Idaho]]  
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*[[Image:Idaho flag.png|border|22x18px|Idaho flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Idaho Military Records|Idaho]]  
*[[Image:Illinois flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Illinois Military Records|Illinois]]  
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*[[Image:Illinois flag.png|border|22x13px|Illinois flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Illinois Military Records|Illinois]]  
*[[Image:Indiana flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Indiana Military Records|Indiana]]  
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*[[Image:Indiana flag.png|border|22x15px|Indiana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Indiana Military Records|Indiana]]  
*[[Image:Iowa flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Iowa Military Records|Iowa]]  
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*[[Image:Iowa flag.png|border|22x15px|Iowa flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Iowa Military Records|Iowa]]  
*[[Image:Kansas flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Kansas Military Records|Kansas]]
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*[[Image:Louisiana flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Louisiana Military Records|Louisiana]]  
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*[[Image:Louisiana flag.png|border|22x15px|Louisiana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Louisiana Military Records|Louisiana]]  
*[[Image:Maine flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Maine Military Records|Maine]]  
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*[[Image:Maine flag.png|border|22x15px|Maine flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Maine Military Records|Maine]]  
*[[Image:Maryland flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Maryland Military Records|Maryland]]  
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*[[Image:Maryland flag.png|border|22x15px|Maryland flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Maryland Military Records|Maryland]]  
*[[Image:Massachusetts flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Massachusetts Military Records|Massachusetts]]  
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*[[Image:Michigan flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Michigan Military Records|Michigan]]  
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*[[Image:Michigan flag.png|border|22x15px|Michigan flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Michigan Military Records|Michigan]]  
*[[Image:Minnesota flag.png|border|22x14px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Minnesota Military Records|Minnesota]]  
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*[[Image:Minnesota flag.png|border|22x14px|Minnesota flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Minnesota Military Records|Minnesota]]  
*[[Image:Mississippi flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Mississippi Military Records|Mississippi]]  
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*[[Image:Mississippi flag.png|border|22x13px|Mississippi flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Mississippi Military Records|Mississippi]]  
*[[Image:Missouri flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Missouri Military Records|Missouri]]  
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*[[Image:Missouri flag.png|border|22x13px|Missouri flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Missouri Military Records|Missouri]]  
*[[Image:Montana flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Montana Military Records|Montana]]  
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*[[Image:Montana flag.png|border|22x15px|Montana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Montana Military Records|Montana]]  
*[[Image:Nebraska flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Nebraska Military Records|Nebraska]]  
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*[[Image:Nebraska flag.png|border|22x13px|Nebraska flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Nebraska Military Records|Nebraska]]  
*[[Image:Nevada flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Nevada Military Records|Nevada]]  
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*[[Image:Nevada flag.png|border|22x15px|Nevada flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Nevada Military Records|Nevada]]  
*[[Image:New Hampshire flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Hampshire Military Records|New Hampshire]]  
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*[[Image:New Hampshire flag.png|border|22x15px|New Hampshire flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Hampshire Military Records|New Hampshire]]  
*[[Image:New Jersey flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Jersey Military Records|New Jersey]]  
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*[[Image:New Jersey flag.png|border|22x15px|New Jersey flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Jersey Military Records|New Jersey]]  
*[[Image:New Mexico flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Mexico Military Records|New Mexico]]  
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*[[Image:New Mexico flag.png|border|22x15px|New Mexico flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Mexico Military Records|New Mexico]]  
*[[Image:New York flag.png|border|22x11px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New York Military Records|New York]]  
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*[[Image:North Carolina flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[North Carolina Military Records|North Carolina]]
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*[[Image:Ohio flag.png|border|22x14px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Ohio Military Records|Ohio]]  
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*[[Image:Ohio flag.png|border|22x14px|Ohio flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Ohio Military Records|Ohio]]  
*[[Image:Oklahoma flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Oklahoma Military Records|Oklahoma]]  
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*[[Image:Oklahoma flag.png|border|22x15px|Oklahoma flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Oklahoma Military Records|Oklahoma]]  
*[[Image:Oregon flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Oregon Military Records|Oregon]]  
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*[[Image:Oregon flag.png|border|22x13px|Oregon flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Oregon Military Records|Oregon]]  
*[[Image:Pennsylvania flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Pennsylvania Military Records|Pennsylvania]]  
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*[[Image:Pennsylvania flag.png|border|22x15px|Pennsylvania flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Pennsylvania Military Records|Pennsylvania]]  
*[[Image:Rhode Island flag.png|border|21x20px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Rhode Island Military Records|Rhode Island]]  
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*[[Image:Rhode Island flag.png|border|21x20px|Rhode Island flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Rhode Island Military Records|Rhode Island]]  
*[[Image:South Carolina flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[South Carolina Military Records|South Carolina]]  
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*[[Image:South Carolina flag.png|border|22x15px|South Carolina flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[South Carolina Military Records|South Carolina]]  
*[[Image:South Dakota flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[South Dakota Military Records|South Dakota]]  
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*[[Image:Tennessee flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Tennessee Military Records|Tennessee]]  
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*[[Image:Tennessee flag.png|border|22x13px|Tennessee flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Tennessee Military Records|Tennessee]]  
*[[Image:Texas flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Texas Military Records|Texas]]  
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*[[Image:Texas flag.png|border|22x15px|Texas flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Texas Military Records|Texas]]  
*[[Image:Utah flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Utah Military Records|Utah]]  
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*[[Image:Vermont flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Vermont Military Records|Vermont]]  
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*[[Image:Vermont flag.png|border|22x13px|Vermont flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Vermont Military Records|Vermont]]  
*[[Image:Virginia flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Virginia Military Records|Virginia]]  
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*[[Image:Virginia flag.png|border|22x15px|Virginia flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Virginia Military Records|Virginia]]  
*[[Image:Washington flag.png|border|22x13px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Washington Military Records|Washington]]  
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*[[Image:Washington flag.png|border|22x13px|Washington flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Washington Military Records|Washington]]  
*[[Image:West Virginia flag.png|border|22x12px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[West Virginia Military Records|West Virginia]]  
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*[[Image:Wisconsin flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Wisconsin Military Records|Wisconsin]]  
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*[[Image:Wisconsin flag.png|border|22x15px|Wisconsin flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Wisconsin Military Records|Wisconsin]]  
*[[Image:Wyoming flag.png|border|22x15px]]&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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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 Guide to Research.

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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