United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
The records in this collection cover the time period 1798 to 1913.  
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The collection consists of registers and index of men that enlisted in the army between 1798 and 1913. The registers are from the Adjutant General’s Office, Washington, DC NARA M233. The records are arranged chronologically, then by the first letter of the surname. ed of career soldiers and is maintained through peacetime. Therefore, this database will not usually include individuals who enlisted as part of a reserve or during wartime for limited periods of time, or in a military unit raised by a state. Data in these registers was compiled from a variety of other military records, including enlistment papers, muster rolls, and unit records.&nbsp;
  
== Record Description ==
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The records in this collection cover the time period 1798 to 1914.&nbsp;
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The Regular Army is comprised of career soldiers and is maintained through peacetime. Therefore, this database will not usually include individuals who enlisted as part of a reserve or during wartime for limited periods of time, or in a military unit raised by a state. Data in these registers was compiled from a variety of other military records, including enlistment papers, muster rolls, and unit records.
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These records were created as a permanent record of those individuals who enlisted in the Army.
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The records are generally reliable although some ages may have been falsified.
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For a list of records by dates and surnames currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1880762/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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|text = <!--bibdescbegin-->United States Army. United States, registers of enlistment in the U.S. Army. National Archives, Washington D.C.<!--bibdescend-->}}
  
The collection consists of registers and index of men that enlisted in the army between 1798 and 1913. The registers are from the Adjutant General’s Office, Washington, DC NARA M233. The records are arranged chronologically then by the first letter of the surname.  
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[[United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
 
== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
[[Image:United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (10-0709) DGS 4719503 291.jpg|thumb|right]] The following information is generally found in these records:
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The following information is generally found in these records:
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[[Image:United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (10-0709) DGS 4719503 291.jpg|thumb|right]]  
  
 
*Name of enlistee  
 
*Name of enlistee  
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*Date and cause of discharge
 
*Date and cause of discharge
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How to Use the Record ==
  
To search for your ancestors in the index you will need to know their full names. Check the index for the surname and then the given name. 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. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.  
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To begin your search you will need to know the name of the soldier and other identifying information such as birth date an place.  
  
Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is 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  ====
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. If you are unable to find your ancestor check for variant spellings of the names as well as alias names.
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To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the "Volume Number, Years, Letter of Surname Range" category which takes you to the images<br>
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==== 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:  
 
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:  
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*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
 
*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
 
*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.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records.
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You may also find these search tips helpful:
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
  
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
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*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
== Record History ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
The Regular Army is comprised of career soldiers and is maintained through peacetime. Therefore, this database will not usually include individuals who enlisted as part of a reserve or during wartime for limited periods of time, or in a military unit raised by a state. Data in these registers was compiled from a variety of other military records, including enlistment papers, muster rolls, and unit records.
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
 
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=== Why this Record Was Created  ===
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These records were created as a permanent record of those individuals who enlisted in the Army.  
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=== Record Reliability  ===
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The records are generally reliable although some ages may have been falsified.  
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1198 Ancestry.com]
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[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1198 Ancestry.com]  
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[United States Military Records]]  
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*[[US Army Enlistments, 1798-1914|US Army Enlistments, 1798-1914]]
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*[[United States in the War of 1812|United States in the War of 1812]]
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*[[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848|Mexican War, 1846 to 1848]]
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*[[Union Service Records|Civil War Union Service Records]]
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*[[United States Indian Wars, 1780-s-1890-s|United States Indian Wars, 1780's-1890's]]
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*[[US Military Branches|US Military Branches]]
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
 
== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
 
 
<!--bibdescbegin-->“United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army, 1798-1913,” database, FamilySearch ([http://familysearch.org http://familysearch.org]/); from the Adjutant General’s Office, Washington, D.C. NARA M233. FHL microfilm, 81 reels, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah. <!--bibdescend-->
 
  
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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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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A suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
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==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
  
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
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"United States, Registers of Enlistments in the U. S. Army, 1798 - 1914," index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRQ6-MRH&nbsp;: accessed 29 Aug 2012), Geo W Custer, 1887; citing National Archives, Washington D.C., United States. National Archives and Records Administrtion, Washington, D.C., NARA Publication number M233, FHL film # 1319377, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  
 
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Revision as of 20:39, 4 January 2013

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

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of registers and index of men that enlisted in the army between 1798 and 1913. The registers are from the Adjutant General’s Office, Washington, DC NARA M233. The records are arranged chronologically, then by the first letter of the surname. ed of career soldiers and is maintained through peacetime. Therefore, this database will not usually include individuals who enlisted as part of a reserve or during wartime for limited periods of time, or in a military unit raised by a state. Data in these registers was compiled from a variety of other military records, including enlistment papers, muster rolls, and unit records. 

The records in this collection cover the time period 1798 to 1914. 

The Regular Army is comprised of career soldiers and is maintained through peacetime. Therefore, this database will not usually include individuals who enlisted as part of a reserve or during wartime for limited periods of time, or in a military unit raised by a state. Data in these registers was compiled from a variety of other military records, including enlistment papers, muster rolls, and unit records.

These records were created as a permanent record of those individuals who enlisted in the Army.

The records are generally reliable although some ages may have been falsified.

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

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

United States Army. United States, registers of enlistment in the U.S. Army. National Archives, Washington D.C.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The following information is generally found in these records:

United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (10-0709) DGS 4719503 291.jpg
  • Name of enlistee
  • Age at time of enlistment
  • Birthplace
  • Date of enlistment
  • Enlistment place
  • Occupation
  • Physical description (eye color, hair color, complexion, and height)
  • Rank, company, and regiment
  • Date and cause of discharge

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know the name of the soldier and other identifying information such as birth date an place.

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. If you are unable to find your ancestor check for variant spellings of the names as well as alias names.

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

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:

  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Ancestry.com

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"United States, Registers of Enlistments in the U. S. Army, 1798 - 1914," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRQ6-MRH&nbsp;: accessed 29 Aug 2012), Geo W Custer, 1887; citing National Archives, Washington D.C., United States. National Archives and Records Administrtion, Washington, D.C., NARA Publication number M233, FHL film # 1319377, Salt Lake City, Utah.