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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington_Military_Records|Military Records]]''
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The [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military Records]] Wiki article provides more information on federal military records and search strategies.  
 
The [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military Records]] Wiki article provides more information on federal military records and search strategies.  
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=== Forts  ===
 
=== Forts  ===
  
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Bellingham Fort Bellingham] 1856-60  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Bellingham Fort Bellingham] 1856-60  
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*[http://www.colville.wa.us/history.htm Fort Colville] 1859
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Nisqually Fort Nisqually]
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*[http://www.nps.gov/sajh/index.htm Camp San Juan Island] -- Textual records of this post, 1859-1875, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Simcoe Fort Simcoe] 1865-1859
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*[http://themossback.tripod.com/forts/forts2.htm Fort Slaughter]--1855-1857
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*[http://themossback.tripod.com/forts/forts2.htm Fort Spokane]: Miles Washington built in 1812 by Pacific Fur Company, later used by the U.S. Army. Textual records of this fort, 1879-1899, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://themossback.tripod.com/forts/forts2.htm Fort Steilacoom] 1849 -- Textual records of this fort, 1849-1868, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://themossback.tripod.com/forts/forts2.htm Fort Taylor]
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*[http://themossback.tripod.com/forts/forts2.htm Fort Townsend] 1856 -- Textual records of this fort, 1865-1895, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://themossback.tripod.com/forts/forts2.htm Fort Vancouver] 1849 -- Textual records of this fort (also known as Vancouver Barracks), 1852-1919, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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*[http://themossback.tripod.com/forts/forts2.htm Fort Walla Walla] -- Textual records of this fort, 1856-1911, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
  
[http://www.colville.wa.us/history.htm Fort Colville] 1859
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'''References'''
  
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Nisqually Fort Nisqually]
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''Encyclopedia of Indian Wars Western Battles and Skirmishes, 1850-1890''. By Gregory F. Michno. Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula, Mt. C 2003 ISBN 0-87842-468-7
  
[http://northwestjournalonline.com/index.php/washington-national-parks Camp San Juan Island] -- Textual records of this post, 1859-1875, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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=== Mexican War (1846-1848) ===
  
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Simcoe Fort Simcoe] 1865-1859
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The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided. <br>
  
[http://themossback.tripod.com/forts/forts2.htm Fort Slaughter]--1855-1857
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*''Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926''. (NARA T317). {{FHL|0537000|item|disp=FHL films 0537000–13}} Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:<br>
  
[http://themossback.tripod.com/forts/forts2.htm Fort Spokane]: Miles Washington built in 1812 by Pacific Fur Company, later used by the U.S. Army. Textual records of this fort, 1879-1899, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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:*{{RecordSearch|1979390|United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926}} (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. ([[United States, Index to Mexican War Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])<br>
  
[http://themossback.tripod.com/forts/forts2.htm Fort Steilacoom] 1849 -- Textual records of this fort, 1849-1868, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).  
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*Robarts, William Hugh. ''Mexican War Veterans&nbsp;: A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848…'' Washington, D.C.&nbsp;: Brentano’s, 1887. {{FHL|1854496|item|disp=FHL book 973 M2rwh}} Digital version available at [http://archive.org/details/mexicanwarvetera00roba Internet Archive].<br>
  
[http://themossback.tripod.com/forts/forts2.htm Fort Taylor]  
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Click on these links to learn more about the [[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848|Mexican War]] and about [[US Mexican War Pension Records|Mexican War pension records]].
  
[http://themossback.tripod.com/forts/forts2.htm Fort Townsend] 1856 -- Textual records of this fort, 1865-1895, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
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=== Civil War (1861 to 1865) ===
  
[http://themossback.tripod.com/forts/forts2.htm Fort Vancouver] 1849 -- Textual records of this fort (also known as Vancouver Barracks), 1852-1919, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).  
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[[Image:{{Fort_Vancouver,_Washington}}]] See [[Washington in the Civil War|Washington in the Civil War]] for information about Washington Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Washington regiments involved in the Civil War.  
  
[http://themossback.tripod.com/forts/forts2.htm Fprt Walla Walla] -- Textual records of this fort, 1856-1911, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).  
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The regimental pages often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching more about the soldiers and their families.  
  
'''References'''
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The [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors&nbsp;System] allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor.
  
''Encyclopedia of Indian Wars Western Battles and Skirmishes, 1850-1890''. By Gregory F. Michno. Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula, Mt. C 2003 ISBN 0-87842-468-7
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=== Indian Wars (1780s-1890s)  ===
  
=== Civil War (1861-1865)  ===
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*Muster rolls are available at the [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:6 Washington State Archives.] The [http://www.archives.gov/index.html National Archives] and the Family History Library have the enlistment registers of soldiers who served in the regular army from 1798 to 1914. Many of these soldiers served in the western states, including Washington, during the Indian Wars. The enlistment registers provide the soldier's rank, unit, commanders, physical description, occupation, and birth place. The records are arranged by year and by the first letter of the surname.
  
The Family History Library has the index to service records of Union volunteers from Washington Territory (Family History Library film {{FHL|317031|title-id|disp=821948}}) and the federal index to pension applications. The actual service and pension records are available only at the National Archives. The library also has a copy of a special census taken in 1890 of Union veterans of the Civil War (Family History Library film {{FHL|230777|title-id|disp=338267}}).
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:*United States Army, ''Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914'' {{FHL|43696|item|disp=FHL films350307 (first of 81}}. Also available online at {{RecordSearch|1880762|Family Search Historical Records}}
  
'''Civil War Pension Index Cards''' - A free Internet index to pension applications of veterans who served in the US Army between 1861-1917 is available on [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1471019 FamilySearch Record Search]. Each card gives the soldier’s name, application and certificate numbers, state of enlistment, and might include rank and death information. Other wars, of that time period, may be included.  
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*The Family History Library and the [http://www.archives.gov/index.html National Archives] have an index to soldiers who applied for pensions as a result of service in the Indian Wars from 1817 to 1898. The actual pension records are only available at the National Archives.
  
=== Indian Wars (1798-1914) ===
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:*United States, Veterans Administration, ''Pension Index Files, Indian Wars, 1892-1926'' (Washington, D.C.:Veteran's Administration, 1959) {{FHL|98739|item|disp=FHL film 821610-21}} Also available online at {{RecordSearch|1979427|United States, Index to Indian Wars Pension Files, 1892-1926}}
  
Muster rolls are available at the Washington State Archives. The National Archives and the Family History Library have the enlistment registers of soldiers who served in the regular army from 1798 to 1914 (81 Family History Library films beginning with {{FHL|43696|title-id|disp=350307}}). Many of these soldiers served in the western states, including Washington, during the Indian Wars. The enlistment registers provide the soldier's rank, unit, commanders, physical description, occupation, and birth place. The records are arranged by year and by the first letter of the surname.
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=== Spanish-American War (1898)<br>  ===
  
The Family History Library and the National Archives have an index to soldiers who applied for pensions as a result of service in the Indian Wars from 1817 to 1898 (Family History Library films {{FHL|98739|title-id|disp=821610-21}}). The pension records are only available at the National Archives.  
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The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.
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'''Indexes'''
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*{{RecordSearch|1919699|United States, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934}} (NARA T288). (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. The index covers veterans of the Civil War, '''Spanish‑American War,''' Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Rebellion (1900 to 1901), and the regular Army, Navy, and Marine forces. ([[United States, General Index to Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])
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*{{RecordSearch|1919583|United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898}} (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. ([[United States, Index to Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers in the War with Spain (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])
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Click on the link to learn more about the [[Spanish-American War, 1898|Spanish American War]].
  
 
=== World War I (1917-1918)  ===
 
=== World War I (1917-1918)  ===
  
World War I draft registration cards for men ages 18 to 45 may list address, birth date, birthplace, race, nationality, citizenship, and next of kin. Not all registrants served in the war. For registration cards for Washington, see:
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World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.  
  
*United States. Selective Service System. ''Washington World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918''. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1987-1988. (On Family History Library films beginning with {{FHL|1991532|film|disp=1991532}}.)
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*United States. Selective Service System. ''Washington World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918''. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1987-1988. {{FHL|378717|item|disp=FHL films 1991532 (first of 4,387)}} Also available at:
  
To find an individual's draft card, it helps to know his name and residence at the time of registration. The cards are arranged alphabetically by county, within the county by draft board, and then alphabetically by surname within each draft board.
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:*{{RecordSearch|1968530|United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} (FamilySearch) - free
  
Most counties had only one board; large cities had several. A map showing the boundaries of individual draft boards is available for most large cities. Finding an ancestor's street address in a city directory will help you in using the draft board map. There is an alphabetical list of cities that are on the map. For a copy of this map see:
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See [[United States World War I Draft Records|WWI Draft Records]] for more information.
  
*United States. Selective Service System. ''List of World War One Draft Board Maps.'' Washington, D.C.: National Archives. (Family History Library film {{FHL|641275|title-id|disp=1498803}}.)
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=== World War II (1941-1945) ===
  
=== Additional Military Records  ===
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On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.
  
Histories and rosters of soldiers of the Washington Militia and National Guard who served in the Indian Wars of the 1850s to the post-World War II era are in:
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*{{RecordSearch|1339071|United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse)}} (FamilySearch) - free
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*{{RecordSearch|1861144|United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942}} (images with partial index) (FamilySearch) - free
  
Field, Virgil F. ''Washington National Guard Pamphlet: The Official History of the Washington National Guard'', Seven Volumes in three. Tacoma, Washington: Office of the Adjutant General, 1961. (Family History Library book 979.7 M25w; film {{FHL|1321447|film|disp=1321447}} item 1-3 vols. 1-7.)
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:Also available at:<br>
  
The Washington State Archives has other helpful records, including:  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 Ancestry] ($)
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*[http://www.fold3.com/title_765/wwii_old_mans_draft_registration_cards Fold3] ($).
  
*Records of residents of the State Soldiers Home and State Veterans Home up to the mid-1930s.  
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[[World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945|World War II United States Military Records]] provides additional information.
*Applications and supporting papers submitted by Washington veterans of World Wars I and II for a state bonus. These often include information about the soldier's residence, occupation, relatives, age, place of birth, and enlistment.  
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*National Guard Statements of Service cards for guardsmen who participated in World Wars I and II. These cards list the name of the serviceman, last residence, date and place of enlistment, date and place of birth, years of service, military organization attachment, rank, and engagements.
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=== Korean War (1950–1953)  ===
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The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the [[United States Korean War 1950 to 1953|Korean War ]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.
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=== Vietnam War (1964–1972)  ===
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The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the [[United States Vietnam War 1964 to 1972|Vietnam War]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.
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=== Additional Military Records  ===
  
== Web Sites  ==
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*Histories and rosters of soldiers of the Washington Militia and National Guard who served in the Indian Wars of the 1850s to the post-World War II era are in:
  
http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/
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:*Field, Virgil F. ''Washington National Guard Pamphlet: The Official History of the Washington National Guard'', Seven Volumes in three. (Tacoma, Washington: Office of the Adjutant General, 1961.) {{FHL|207821|item|disp=FHL film 1321447, items 1–3; book 979.7 M25w}}
  
http://www.archives.gov/  
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*The [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:6 Washington State Archives] has other helpful records, including:
  
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:*Records of residents of the State Soldiers Home and State Veterans Home up to the mid-1930s.
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:*Applications and supporting papers submitted by Washington veterans of World Wars I and II for a state bonus. These often include information about the soldier's residence, occupation, relatives, age, place of birth, and enlistment.
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:*National Guard Statements of Service cards for guardsmen who participated in World Wars I and II. These cards list the name of the serviceman, last residence, date and place of enlistment, date and place of birth, years of service, military organization attachment, rank, and engagements.
  
[[Washington|Washington]] Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.
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'''Wiki article describing online collections'''
  
:NOTE: All of the information from the original research outline has been imported into this Wiki site and is being updated here, as time permits.
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*[[Washington State, Army National Guard Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
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=== Web Sites  ===
  
[[Washington State County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/ Washington State Archives]  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives]
  
[[Washington State, Army National Guard Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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The U.S. Military Records Wiki article provides more information on federal military records and search strategies.

Many of the federal military records you'll want to use are found at the Family History Library, the National Archives, and other federal and state archives. The United States Wiki article provides more information regarding the federal records. For Washington, the following sources are also very helpful:

Forts

References

Encyclopedia of Indian Wars Western Battles and Skirmishes, 1850-1890. By Gregory F. Michno. Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula, Mt. C 2003 ISBN 0-87842-468-7

Mexican War (1846-1848)

The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided.

  • Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926. (NARA T317). FHL films 0537000–13 Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:
  • Robarts, William Hugh. Mexican War Veterans : A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848… Washington, D.C. : Brentano’s, 1887. FHL book 973 M2rwh Digital version available at Internet Archive.

Click on these links to learn more about the Mexican War and about Mexican War pension records.

Civil War (1861 to 1865)

Fort Vancouver, Clark County, Washington (reconstructed) 1849 to 1866
See Washington in the Civil War for information about Washington Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Washington regiments involved in the Civil War.

The regimental pages often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching more about the soldiers and their families.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor.

Indian Wars (1780s-1890s)

  • Muster rolls are available at the Washington State Archives. The National Archives and the Family History Library have the enlistment registers of soldiers who served in the regular army from 1798 to 1914. Many of these soldiers served in the western states, including Washington, during the Indian Wars. The enlistment registers provide the soldier's rank, unit, commanders, physical description, occupation, and birth place. The records are arranged by year and by the first letter of the surname.
  • The Family History Library and the National Archives have an index to soldiers who applied for pensions as a result of service in the Indian Wars from 1817 to 1898. The actual pension records are only available at the National Archives.

Spanish-American War (1898)

The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.

Indexes

Click on the link to learn more about the Spanish American War.

World War I (1917-1918)

World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.

  • United States. Selective Service System. Washington World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1987-1988. FHL films 1991532 (first of 4,387) Also available at:

See WWI Draft Records for more information.

World War II (1941-1945)

On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.

Also available at:

World War II United States Military Records provides additional information.

Korean War (1950–1953)

The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the Korean War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Vietnam War (1964–1972)

The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the Vietnam War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Additional Military Records

  • Histories and rosters of soldiers of the Washington Militia and National Guard who served in the Indian Wars of the 1850s to the post-World War II era are in:
  • Field, Virgil F. Washington National Guard Pamphlet: The Official History of the Washington National Guard, Seven Volumes in three. (Tacoma, Washington: Office of the Adjutant General, 1961.) FHL film 1321447, items 1–3; book 979.7 M25w
  • Records of residents of the State Soldiers Home and State Veterans Home up to the mid-1930s.
  • Applications and supporting papers submitted by Washington veterans of World Wars I and II for a state bonus. These often include information about the soldier's residence, occupation, relatives, age, place of birth, and enlistment.
  • National Guard Statements of Service cards for guardsmen who participated in World Wars I and II. These cards list the name of the serviceman, last residence, date and place of enlistment, date and place of birth, years of service, military organization attachment, rank, and engagements.

Wiki article describing online collections

Web Sites