United States, Mexican War Index and Service Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Compiled Military Service Records
Record Group RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s-1917
Collection years 1846-1848
Microfilm Publication M616. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War. 41 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetical by surname
National Archives Identifier 654518
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of a name index to the compiled military service records (M616) for the Mexican War and compiled service records for the states of Mississippi, (M863) 9 rolls, Pennsylvania (M1028)13 rolls, Tennessee (M638) 15 rolls, Texas (M278)19 rolls, and Mormon Organizations(M351) 3 rolls. The records are a part of RG 94 Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s-1917.

  • Mississippi: First Infantry, Second Infantry, Anderson's Rifles
  • Pennsylvania: First Infantry, Second Infantry
  • Tennessee: First Infantry, First mounted Infantry, Second Infantry, Third Infantry, Fourth Infantry, Fifth Infantry, Wheat's Co., Mounted Volunteers
  • Texas:First Texas Mounted Rifles,First Texas Mounted Volunteers, First Texas Mounted Volunteers (6 Months,1847), First Texas Foot Riflemen,Second Texas Mounted Volunteers, Third Texas Mounted Volunteers, Bell's Regimen, Texas Mounted Volunteers, Cady's Co., Texas Mounted Rangers, Chevallie's Battalion, Texas Mounted Volunteers, Beaver's Co.,Connor's Co., Texas Mounted Volunteers, Gillespie's Co., Texas Mounted Volunteers, Gray's Co, Texas Mounted Volunteers,Grumble's Texas Mounted Volunteers, Hill's Co., Texas Mounted Volunteers, Lamar's Co., Texas Mounted Volunteers, Price's Co., Texas Mounted Volunteers, Robert's Co., Texas Mounted Volunteers, Ross's Co., Texas Mounted Volunteers, McCulloch's Co.,First Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers, Seefield's Co., Texas Volunteers, Shivor's Texas Volunteers, Smith Co., Texas Mounted Volunteers, Stopp's Co., Texas Mounted Volunteers, Sutton's Co., Texas Mounted Volunteers, Walker's Co, Texas Mounted Rangers, Wyman's Co., Smith Battalion, Texas Mounted Volunteers.
  • Mormon Organizations: Mormon Battalion, Capt Davis' Company A, Mormon Volunteers

  • Military Rank In and Rank Out Terms and Abbreviations:
  • Artificer: Atif.
  • Blacksmith:
  • Bugler: Bug.
  • Captain: Capt.
  • Colonel: Col.
  • Corporal: Corpl.;Cpl
  • Farrier:
  • Fifer:
  • Lieutenant: Lieut.; 1 Lieut.; 2 Lieut.; Lt.; 1 Lt.; 2 Lt.
  • Major:
  • Musician: Musc.
  • Private: Pvt; Priv.
  • Sergeant: Sergt.;Segt.
  • Surgeon:

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Most of the service records include the following information:

  • Name of soldier
  • Name and class of dependent
  • Rank and unit in which served
  • State from which served
  • Date of filing
  • Application number
  • Certificate number
  • Type of records in file
  • NARA publication number, title, and roll number

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the soldier.
  • The age of the soldier.
  • The birth date and birth place of the soldier.
  • The military unit in which the soldier served.
  • The date and place of enlistment.

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"
⇒ Select the "Surname Range or Military Unit and Surname Range" this will take 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 record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy 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 census, church, and land records.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • 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.

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the records of nearby military units.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

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Collection Citation

"United States, Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publications M616, M863, M1028, M638, M278 and M351. National Archives, Washington D.C.

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