United States, Indian Wars Service Records of Soldiers from Florida, Illinois and Michigan (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
This collection will include records from 1827-1858 This collection contains compiled military service records of volunteer organizations from Florida who served during for the Florida Indian Wars, 1835-1858 (M1086) and from Illinois and Michigan during the Winnebago Indian Disturbances in 1827 (M1505). The records are part of National Archive Record Group 94 Records of the Adjutant General's Office.
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
The content of these records varies by type of record. You may find any of the following:
- Military Unit
- Date and place of enlistment
- Date and place of termination
- Term of Service
- Money paid or value of goods
- Where stationed
- Date and nature of injuries sustained
- Date and place of death (if killed in action)
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search you will need to know:
- The name of the soldier.
- The age of the soldier.
- The place the soldier was stationed.
- The unit in which the soldier served.
It may also be helpful to first search the following index:
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
To search this collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the appropriate "State"
⇒ Select the appropriate "War, Military Unit, Surname Letter and Year Range" 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 record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- Use the soldier's name and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census records.
- Use the soldier's name and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in church records.
- Use the soldier's name and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in land records.
- Use the soldier's name and location of the military unit to find additional military records.
- Use the soldier's name and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in additional county and state records.
- 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 nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
- 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.
Citing this Collection
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
- "United States, Indian Wars Service Records of Soldiers from Florida, Illinois and Michigan, 1827-1858." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA Publications M1086 and M1505. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC
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