United States, Index and Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
United States, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Military
Collection years 1784-1811
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What is in the Collection?

This collection contains an index and compiled service records of volunteer soldiers who served from 1784 to 1811. The index is a National Archive Microfilm publication M694 and service records are M905. The records are part of Record Group 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s-1917.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The content varies by individual record. They may contain any of the following:

  • Soldier's name
  • Company name
  • Rank
  • Place of enlistment or residence
  • Place of service
  • Service dates
  • Pay dates
  • By whom paid
  • Amount of pay

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the solider.
  • The date of service for the volunteer soldier.
  • The place where the soldier enlisted or served.


Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page (Hyperlink to (Landing Page):
To search the collection by name fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals 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 look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the “Document Type" category which takes you to the images

Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.

For tips about searching on-line collections, see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in other records such as church, and land records.
  • Search for additional military records.
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.
  • Search the records of nearby military units.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the records of nearby counties.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Index To Compiled Service Records Of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served From 1784-1811" and "Compiled Service Records Of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served From 1784 To 1811." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA publications M694 and M905. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.


Image Citation:

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.


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