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*Find evidence of family relationships  
 
*Find evidence of family relationships  
 
*Find relatives who served and left clues about&nbsp;my family
 
*Find relatives who served and left clues about&nbsp;my family
 
== Types of Military Records  ==
 
 
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Service Records
 
 
*[[Draft Records|Draft Records]]
 
*[[Service Records|Service Records]]
 
 
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Records after Service
 
 
*[[Pensions|Pensions]]
 
*[[Unit Histories|Unit Histories]]
 
*[[US Military Bounty Land Warrants|Bounty Land Warrants]]
 
 
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== Records available for Individual Wars  ==
 
 
[[Image:Ww2-156-1-.jpg|thumb|right]] There is an explanation of general [[US Military Types of Military Records|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.
 
 
*[[Colonial Wars, 1607 to 1763|Colonial Wars, 1607 to 1763]]
 
*[[Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783|Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783]]
 
*[[War of 1812, 1812 to 1815|War of 1812, 1812 to 1815]]
 
*[[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848|Mexican War, 1846 to 1848]]
 
*[[United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865|Civil War, 1861 to 1865]]
 
*[[United States Indian Wars, 1780-s-1890-s|Indian Wars, 1780s to 1890s]]
 
*[[Spanish-American War, 1898|Spanish-American War, 1898]]
 
*[[Philippine Insurrection, 1899 to 1902|Philippine Insurrection, 1899 to 1902]]
 
*[[World War I United States Military Records, 1917 to 1918|World War I, 1917 to 1918]]
 
*[[World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945|World War II, 1941 to 1945]]
 
*[[United States Korean War 1950 to 1953|Korean War 1950 to 1953]]
 
*[[United States Vietnam War 1964 to 1972|Vietnam War 1964 to 1972]]
 
*[[US Military For Further Reading|For Further Reading]]
 
  
 
== Research Tools  ==
 
== Research Tools  ==
  
*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. Only at libraries.  
 
*[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.  
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/military.htm Cyndi's List U.S. Military Links]  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/military.htm Cyndi's List U.S. Military Links]  
 
*[http://www.telusplanet.net/public/mtoll/usmil.htm Mary's Genealogy Treasures]  
 
*[http://www.telusplanet.net/public/mtoll/usmil.htm Mary's Genealogy Treasures]  
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*[[US Military For Further Reading|For Further Reading]]
 
*See [[Additional websites for general military research|More]]<br>
 
*See [[Additional websites for general military research|More]]<br>
  
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*[[United States, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[United States, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[United States Civil War Soldiers Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Civil War Soldiers Index (FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 
*[[United States Civil War Soldiers Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Civil War Soldiers Index (FamilySearch Historical Records]]
*[[United_States,_Index_to_Service_Records_of_Volunteer_Soldiers_Who_Served_During_the_War_of_1812_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|United States, Index to Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers in the War with Spain (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
 
== State Military Records  ==
 
== State Military Records  ==
  
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Fold3.com has free military collections on their site including their [http://www.fold3.com/title_699/civil_war_maps Civil&nbsp;War maps] collection and [http://www.fold3.com/title_16/brady_civil_war_photos Brady Civil War photos]. They also have a free [http://www.fold3.com/title_657/vietnam_service_awards Vietnam Service Awards] collection and [http://www.fold3.com/title_485/vietnam_veterans_memorial Vietnam Veterans Memorial] collection with over 58,000 images of soldier's names.
 
 
 
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*[[Biography|Biography]]
 
*[[Branches of Service|Branches of Service]]
 
*[[Burial listings for WWI, WWII, and Korean War]]
 
*[[Census Records|Census Records]]
 
*[[Cemetery Records|Cemetery Records]]
 
*[[National Homes for Disabled Soldiers|National Homes for Disabled Soldiers]]
 
*[[Veterans' and Lineage Society Records|Veterans' and Lineage Society Records]]
 
*[[United States Military More Topics|More...]]
 
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
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Fold3 has free military collections including a 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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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

Research Tools

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

State Military Records