Colonial Wars, 1607 to 1763

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List of Colonial Wars

The following are the wars that occurred before 1775 in what is now the United States. (May not be complete)

Date Name of the War
1637 Pequot War
1675-1676 King Philip's War
1689-1697 King William's War
1702-1713 Queen Anne's War
1739–1748 War of Jenkins' Ear
1744-1748 King George's War
1755-1763 French and Indian War
1774 Lord Dunmore's War

States Involved in Colonial Wars

Later States:

These states were not colonies during the colonial wars but may have records relating to the colonial wars.

  • Kentucky (part of Virginia)
  • West Virginia (part of Virginia)

Canadian Provinces Involved in Colonial Wars

  • New Brunswick (French)
  • Newfoundland (British and French)
  • Nova Scotia (British and French)
  • Ontario (British and French)
  • Quebec (British and French)

Where to Find Records

Many colonists served in local militias and participated in King William’s War (1689–97), Queen Anne's War (1702-1713), King George’s War (1744–48), and the French and Indian War (1754–63). Because these were local units and not part of the British Army, any surviving records are in historical societies and state libraries and archives.

The Family History Library has copies of many of the records that have been published. These are found in Place Search in the Family History Library Catalog under:



  • Gallay, Alan, ed.Colonial Wars of North America 1512–1763: An Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Garland Publishing, 1996. (FHL book 973 M2cw.) Contains short essays with references on people, events and topics from the Spanish conquistadors to Pontiac Wars of 1763.

Veterans and Lineage Society Records

The General Society of Colonial Wars

This society was established in 1893 and has no permanent headquarters. For information on the society check the current edition of:

"Encyclopedia of Associations" by Maurer, Christine and Tara E. Sheets, eds. 33rd edition. Vol. 1, pt 2. Annual. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Section 12. (FHL 973 E4gr) (Worldcat) Provides addresses and phone numbers as well as a description of the organizations, their publications, and references to any library or research materials they maintain.

The Family History Library has the following records of this society:

  • Register of Members: FHL film 528677-528676
  • Lineage Papers: FHL films528677-528676
  • Supplemental Records: FHL films 528677-528676
  • Index: FHL films 528677-528676

For the complete listing of film numbers, look in the Place Search of theFamily History Library Catalog under: