United States, War of 1812 Index to Service Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
To search for your ancestors in the index you will need to know the following:
- Full names
- Approximate dates of service
If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.
Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
When you have located your ancestor’s 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. This information will often lead you to other records.
The following suggestions may help you in your search:
- Use the regiment and state to locate other military records such as enlistment or pension records
- Use the regiment and state to locate census, church, and land records.
- Compilea list of other personnel with the same surname. This is especially helpful if the surname is unusual.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.