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<center>''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United_States_Military_Records|Military Records]]''</center>[[Image:Washington Crossing the Delaware.jpg|thumb|265px]]<br>Military records are from times of war and times of peace. They identify individuals who served in the armed forces or who were eligible for service. Military records can help you learn more about your ancestors who served their country. These Wiki pages teach terminology and describe the contents, uses, and availability of major sets of records created mostly by the federal government. You can use them to learn about '''''federal''''' and '''''nationwide''''' sources. The Wiki pages discuss only sources that identify personal information about individuals in the armed forces and their units. They do not discuss historical sources about military institutions, weapons, battles, or tactics. The Wiki pages for the separate states have more information about [[United States Military Records#State_Military_Records|state military records]].  
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Military records are from times of war and times of peace. They identify individuals who served in the armed forces or who were eligible for service. Military records can help you learn more about your ancestors who served their country. These Wiki pages teach terminology and describe the contents, uses, and availability of major sets of records created mostly by the federal government. You can use them to learn about '''''federal''''' and '''''nationwide''''' sources. The Wiki pages discuss only sources that identify personal information about individuals in the armed forces and their units. They do not discuss historical sources about military institutions, weapons, battles, or tactics. The Wiki pages for the separate states have more information about [[United States Military Records#State_Military_Records|state military records]].  
  
 
== Getting started with United States Military Records research  ==
 
== Getting started with United States Military Records research  ==
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*[[Getting started in United States military records|Getting started]]  
 
*[[Getting started in United States military records|Getting started]]  
 
*[[Military Records Tips for Beginners|Tips for beginners]]  
 
*[[Military Records Tips for Beginners|Tips for beginners]]  
*[[Steps for research in United States Military Records|What's the next step?]]
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*[[Steps for research in United States Military Records|What's the next step?]]
*[[United States Naval Enlistment Rendezvous (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[United States Navy Widows' Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
 
*[[Ages of Servicemen in Wars|When could my ancestor have served?]]
 
*[[Ages of Servicemen in Wars|When could my ancestor have served?]]
  
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*FamilySearch Record Search.&nbsp;Free. Includes&nbsp;{{RecordSearch|1471019|Civil War Pension Index Cards}} (no images), [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;c=1527724;t=browsable;w=0 Louisiana War of 1812 Pension Lists] (images only), [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;c=1339071;t=browsable;w=0 World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942] (images only), [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;c=1483040;t=browsable;w=0 Vermont Enrolled Militia records, 1861-1867] (images only).  
 
*FamilySearch Record Search.&nbsp;Free. Includes&nbsp;{{RecordSearch|1471019|Civil War Pension Index Cards}} (no images), [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;c=1527724;t=browsable;w=0 Louisiana War of 1812 Pension Lists] (images only), [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;c=1339071;t=browsable;w=0 World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942] (images only), [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;c=1483040;t=browsable;w=0 Vermont Enrolled Militia records, 1861-1867] (images only).  
 
*[http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]. Free National Park Service site with a nationwide index to&nbsp;Union and Confederate servicemen, including U.S. Colored Troops (USCT).  
 
*[http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]. Free National Park Service site with a nationwide index to&nbsp;Union and Confederate servicemen, including U.S. Colored Troops (USCT).  
*[http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/revwar HeritageQuestOnline]. Search selected records from the Revolutionary War era pension and bounty-land warrant application files. This subscription site is also available at selected libraries.  
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*[http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/revwar HeritageQuestOnline]. Search selected records from the Revolutionary War era pension and bounty-land warrant application files. Only at libraries.
 
*[http://www.ancestryinstitution.com/search/rectype/default.aspx?rt=39 Ancestry.com] ($) A subscription site with records from most major American wars, including DAR Rolls of Honor, the Civil War Collection, and World War I Draft Registrations. Also includes selected Loyalist and Confederate sources.  
 
*[http://www.ancestryinstitution.com/search/rectype/default.aspx?rt=39 Ancestry.com] ($) A subscription site with records from most major American wars, including DAR Rolls of Honor, the Civil War Collection, and World War I Draft Registrations. Also includes selected Loyalist and Confederate sources.  
 
*[http://www.fold3.com/institution-index.php Fold3.com] ($) (formerly Footnote) Subscription site to digitized and indexed National Archives documents including Civil War Service Records, Civil War Widows Pensions,&nbsp; Mormon Battalion Pension Files, Pension Index-Civil War to 1900, Revolutionary War Pensions, Southern Claims Commission, WWI and WWII records.  
 
*[http://www.fold3.com/institution-index.php Fold3.com] ($) (formerly Footnote) Subscription site to digitized and indexed National Archives documents including Civil War Service Records, Civil War Widows Pensions,&nbsp; Mormon Battalion Pension Files, Pension Index-Civil War to 1900, Revolutionary War Pensions, Southern Claims Commission, WWI and WWII records.  
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*[http://www.telusplanet.net/public/mtoll/usmil.htm Mary's Genealogy Treasures]  
 
*[http://www.telusplanet.net/public/mtoll/usmil.htm Mary's Genealogy Treasures]  
 
*See [[Additional websites for general military research|More]]
 
*See [[Additional websites for general military research|More]]
 
=== FamilySearch Historical Record Collections  ===
 
 
Online collections containing these records are located in [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list FamilySearch.org]
 
 
Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:
 
 
*[[United States Naval Enlistment Rendezvous (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Naval Enlistment Rendezvous (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
  
 
== State Military Records  ==
 
== State Military Records  ==
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*[[Image:Wisconsin flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Wisconsin Military Records|Wisconsin]]  
 
*[[Image:Wisconsin flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Wisconsin Military Records|Wisconsin]]  
 
*[[Image:Wyoming flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Wyoming Military Records|Wyoming]]
 
*[[Image:Wyoming flag.png|border|22x15px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Wyoming Military Records|Wyoming]]
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Military records are from times of war and times of peace. They identify individuals who served in the armed forces or who were eligible for service. Military records can help you learn more about your ancestors who served their country. These Wiki pages teach terminology and describe the contents, uses, and availability of major sets of records created mostly by the federal government. You can use them to learn about federal and nationwide sources. The Wiki pages discuss only sources that identify personal information about individuals in the armed forces and their units. They do not discuss historical sources about military institutions, weapons, battles, or tactics. The Wiki pages for the separate states have more information about state military records.

Getting started with United States Military Records research

If you are just beginning research, you may need some introductory information before using this set of Wiki pages. You may want to see the Wiki article Guide to Research.

The Basic Search Strategies page of this set suggests steps you should take to find your ancestors in military records. This section is especially valuable if you are just beginning your research. The Record Selection Table can help you choose types of records to search. The Family History Library's collection is described on that page, and there is also a page explaining how to use the Family History Library Catalog to find specific records.

Use military records to:

  • Find evidence of military or patriotic service
  • Find residence at time of military service or pension 
  • Find birth information
  • Find evidence of family relationships
  • Find relatives who served and left clues about my family

Types of Military Records

Service Records

Records after Service

Records available for Individual Wars

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There is an explanation of general types of military records available for most wars. Not all military records sources are mentioned in the wars pages. Records not specific to a particular war but to a branch of the service are described on the page for that service branch. These pages do not include sources for the Coast Guard and Air Force.

Research Tools

State Military Records

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:

News

Fold3.com has free military collections on their site including their Civil War maps collection and Brady Civil War photos. They also have a free Vietnam Service Awards collection and Vietnam Veterans Memorial collection with over 58,000 images of soldier's names.

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As of June 30, 2008, about 1,427,546 people are on active duty in the United States military with an additional 1,458,400 people in the seven reserve components.