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{{Record Search article|location=United States|CID=CID1849623|title=United States, Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records, 1775-1783}}<br>
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| arrangement = Arranged by Continental Troops then by state, by organization and alphabetically by name.
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| RW_URL_01 = [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/589591 Lists of Military Organizations that were Carded NATA T817]
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| RW_URL_03 = [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/570910?q=*:* National Archives Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War]
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| RW_URL_04 = [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/572134?q=*:* National Archives Compiled service Records of American Naval Personnel Who Served in the Revolutionary War]
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| RW_URL_05 = [http://www.nps.gov/york/learn/historyculture/unit-lists-and-casualty-lists.htm National Park Service Yorktown Battlefield Unit Lists and Casualty Lists]
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| RW_URL_08 = [http://www.sar.org/ Sons of the American Revolution Library]
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| RW_URL_09 = [http://www.mountvernon.org/library/ The Fred W Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon Library]
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== Record Description ==
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== What is in Collection? ==
  
This is an index to compiled service records for approximately 80,000 soldiers who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The records indexed are from the National Archives and Records Administration publication M881.  
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Index to compiled service records of soldiers who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The collection corresponds to the National Archives and Records Administration publication M881 and is part of Record Group 93 War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records. Each envelope/jacket contains information and cross references to original records relating to the soldier. The compiled service records are abstracts from original muster rolls and pay rolls and other records from the Revolutionary War from the following National Archives collections.
  
This index corresponds to the National Archives and Records Administration publication M881. Compiled Service records were kept for soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War. Each envelope/jacket contains information and cross references to original records relating to the soldier.&nbsp;
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*'''Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783, M246, 138 rolls'''
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*'''Numbered Record Books Concerning Military Operations and Service, Pay, and Settlement of Accounts, and Supplies in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, M853, 41 rolls'''
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* Volumes used in creation the compiled service records. 
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*1-11: Lists of Continental and State Troops and Militia. 1775-83
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*1: List of Connecticut Troops, 1776-83
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*2: List of Delaware Troops, 1776-83
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*3: List of Massachusetts Troops, 1776-83
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*4: List of New Jersey Troops, 1775-80
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*5: List of New York Troops, 1776-83
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*6: List of North Carolina Troops, 1776-83
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*7: List of Pennsylvania Troops, 1776-83
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*8: List of Rhode Island Troops, 1776-83
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*9: List of South Carolina Troops, 1776-83
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*10: List of Officers and Men of Col. Moses Hazen's 2d Canadian Regiment, Col. Benjmain Flower's Artificer Regiment, and Col. Jeduthan Baldwin's Artificer Regiment, 1776-83
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*11: List of Officers and Men of Sheldon's and Moylan's Dragoons and Lee's Legion, 1776-83 
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*136 1/2: Ledger of Money Accounts with Officers of the North Carolina Line, 1777-83
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*139: Account Book of Payments made to Officers and Men of the Virginia Line by Lt. Charles Stockley, 1782-83
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*142: Record of Disbursements, Paymaster General's Office, New York, 1788
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*143: Paymaster General's Ledger of Accounts with Officers of the Army, 1775-78
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*145: Receipt Book of George Reid< Assistant Commissioner of Army Accounts, Charleston, S.C. Apr. 1785-Jan. 1786
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*147 1/2: Receipt Book of John White, Assistant Commissioner of Amry Accounts, Annapolis, MD. Aug.-Nov. 1785 and Mar. 1786. 
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*170: Paymaster General's Record of Money Due to Officers and Men of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire Regiments, and to Capt. Robert Walker's Company of Col. John Lamb's Artillery Regiment, 1776-83
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*171-172: Records of Settlement of Pennsylvania Officers, and Men's Accounts. Sept. 21, 1818
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*173: List of Pennsylvania Officers and Men Entitled to Donation Lands, Feb. 27, 1830
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*175-176: Records of Pay and Service of Officers and Men of Virginia,New York, and Georgia, 1775-1856
  
This collection is an index to records for the years 1775-1783.&nbsp;
 
  
This index was created to provide quick access to compiled service records.
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== Collection Content  ==
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
  
The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that even though this index is very accurate it still may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.
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'''Compiled Service Record index entries''' usually include the following information:  
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "United States, Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records, 1775-1783." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>.http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War." <i>Fold3.com</i>. http://www.fold3.com : n.d.}}
 
 
 
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== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
Most of the Compiled Service Record index entries include the following information:  
 
  
 
*Name of soldier  
 
*Name of soldier  
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*NARA publication number, title, and roll number
 
*NARA publication number, title, and roll number
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The state where your ancestor served.
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*The date of your ancestor enlisted.
  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. 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.
 
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1849623?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on the search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
  
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.  
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*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.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1849623 United States Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records, 1775-1783]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s service 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.  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s service 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.  
  
For example:
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
 
 
 
*Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.  
 
*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.  
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*Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land 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.  
 
*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.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
==== Unable to Find your Ancestor? ====
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
 
 
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Search the records of nearby military units. <br>
 
*Search the records of nearby military units. <br>
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{{Tip|Don't overlook items in the [https://familysearch.org/catalog/search FamilySearch Library Catalog.] This can help you locate additional records to search for information on your family.}}
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[United States, Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[United States, Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
[http://www.archives.gov National Archives and Records Administration]
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
*[[Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783|Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783]]
 
*[[Revolutionary War Service Records|Revolutionary War Service Records]]
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
  
{{Contributor invite}}
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==Citing this Collection==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image. <br>
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "United States, Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records, 1775-1783." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War." <i>Fold3.com</i>. http://www.fold3.com : n.d.}} <br>
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.
 
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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== How You Can Contribute  ==
  
[[Category:United_States|Military]]
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{{Contributor invite}}
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Record Description
Record Type Compiled Service Records (Card Abstracts)
Record Group RG 93: War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records,1709-1939
Collection years 1775-1784
Microfilm Publication M881. Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War. 1097 rolls.
Arrangement Arranged by Continental Troops then by state, by organization and alphabetically by name.
National Archives Identifier 570910
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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National Archives and Records Administration


What is in Collection?

Index to compiled service records of soldiers who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The collection corresponds to the National Archives and Records Administration publication M881 and is part of Record Group 93 War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records. Each envelope/jacket contains information and cross references to original records relating to the soldier. The compiled service records are abstracts from original muster rolls and pay rolls and other records from the Revolutionary War from the following National Archives collections.

  • Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783, M246, 138 rolls
  • Numbered Record Books Concerning Military Operations and Service, Pay, and Settlement of Accounts, and Supplies in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, M853, 41 rolls
  • Volumes used in creation the compiled service records.
  • 1-11: Lists of Continental and State Troops and Militia. 1775-83
  • 1: List of Connecticut Troops, 1776-83
  • 2: List of Delaware Troops, 1776-83
  • 3: List of Massachusetts Troops, 1776-83
  • 4: List of New Jersey Troops, 1775-80
  • 5: List of New York Troops, 1776-83
  • 6: List of North Carolina Troops, 1776-83
  • 7: List of Pennsylvania Troops, 1776-83
  • 8: List of Rhode Island Troops, 1776-83
  • 9: List of South Carolina Troops, 1776-83
  • 10: List of Officers and Men of Col. Moses Hazen's 2d Canadian Regiment, Col. Benjmain Flower's Artificer Regiment, and Col. Jeduthan Baldwin's Artificer Regiment, 1776-83
  • 11: List of Officers and Men of Sheldon's and Moylan's Dragoons and Lee's Legion, 1776-83
  • 136 1/2: Ledger of Money Accounts with Officers of the North Carolina Line, 1777-83
  • 139: Account Book of Payments made to Officers and Men of the Virginia Line by Lt. Charles Stockley, 1782-83
  • 142: Record of Disbursements, Paymaster General's Office, New York, 1788
  • 143: Paymaster General's Ledger of Accounts with Officers of the Army, 1775-78
  • 145: Receipt Book of George Reid< Assistant Commissioner of Army Accounts, Charleston, S.C. Apr. 1785-Jan. 1786
  • 147 1/2: Receipt Book of John White, Assistant Commissioner of Amry Accounts, Annapolis, MD. Aug.-Nov. 1785 and Mar. 1786.
  • 170: Paymaster General's Record of Money Due to Officers and Men of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire Regiments, and to Capt. Robert Walker's Company of Col. John Lamb's Artillery Regiment, 1776-83
  • 171-172: Records of Settlement of Pennsylvania Officers, and Men's Accounts. Sept. 21, 1818
  • 173: List of Pennsylvania Officers and Men Entitled to Donation Lands, Feb. 27, 1830
  • 175-176: Records of Pay and Service of Officers and Men of Virginia,New York, and Georgia, 1775-1856


Collection Content

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Compiled Service Record index entries usually include the following information:

  • Name of soldier
  • Rank, regiment and commanding officer
  • State from which served
  • Date of commission or enlistment
  • Term of enlistment
  • Pay records
  • 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 your ancestor.
  • The state where your ancestor served.
  • The date of your ancestor enlisted.


Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them 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.
  • 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.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s service 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the records of nearby military units.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"United States, Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records, 1775-1783." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for United States, Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records, 1775-1783.


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