United States, Indexes to Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During Indian Wars and Disturbance (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes National Archive film indexes to compiled military service records for volunteer soldiers who served during the Indian Wars and Disturbances from 1815-1858. It includes individual states indexes for Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, and Tennessee for the Cherokee Removal, Creek War, Florida War, Patriot War, and the War of 1837-1838. These indexes are part of RG 94 Records of the Adjutant General's Office.

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

Collection Content

These records may contain the following information:

  • Soldier’s name
  • Soldier’s rank and unit
  • Name of the war or disturbance

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • Soldier's name
  • Identifying information such as rank or unit of service

Search the Collection

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "War or Disturbance"
⇒Select the appropriate "State name or surname range (NARA publication number)" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. 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.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s service 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. For example:

  • Use the information in the index to obtain a copy of the soldier's full military record from the National Archives.
  • Use the soldier's name and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • 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.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.

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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:

"United States, Indexes to Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During Indian Wars and Disturbances, 1815-1858." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA RG 94. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

Image citation:

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