U.S. Marine Corps

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The Marine Corps was created in 1798. It was part of the Navy Department from 1834 until 1952, when it became a distinct branch of the military. Records of Marine Corps soldiers and officers are available at the National Archives in Record Group 127 for the years 1798 to 1904.

Muster rolls of the Marine Corps have been filmed for the years 1789 to 1892 and are available at the Family History Library:

  • Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps, 1798–1892. National Archives Microfilm Publication T1118. (FHL 123 films starting with FHL film # 929049.) The records are arranged chronologically; and they give name, rank, enlistment date, date of death or discharge, and name of ship or station.

Check with the National Personnel Records Center for available service records.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

 United States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps (FamilySearch Historical Records)