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See also ''[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/ancestors-season-2-military-records/180 Ancestors Season 2: Military Records]'' in the FamilySearch Learning Center.
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<div style="width: 74%; float: right"><center>''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United_States_Military_Records|Military Records]]''</center>
 
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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]].  
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[[Image:Washington Crossing the Delaware.jpg|right|265px|Washington Crossing the Delaware.jpg]]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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=='''Beginners' Corner'''==
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[[Beginning Research in United States Military Records#1. What are United States military records?|'''1. What are United States military records?''']]<br>
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[[Beginning Research in United States Military Records#2. What time periods do they cover?|'''2. What time periods do they cover?''']]<br>
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[[Beginning Research in United States Military Records#3. What can I find in them?|'''3. What can I find in them?''']]<br>
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[[Beginning Research in United States Military Records#4. How do I access them?|'''4. How do I access them?''']]<br>
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[[Beginning Research in United States Military Records#5. Search strategies|'''5. Search strategies''']]<br>
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'''For a more complete beginning introduction, see [[U.S. Military Records Class Handout|U.S. Military Records Class Handout]].'''
  
 
== Getting started with United States Military Records research  ==
 
== 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 [[A Guide to Research|Guide to Research]].  
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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 [[A Guide to Research|Guide to Research]].&nbsp;
  
*[[Getting started in United States military records|Getting started]]  
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*[[Getting started in United States military records|Getting started]]&nbsp;
*[[Military Records Tips for Beginners|Tips for beginners]]  
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*[[Military Records Tips for Beginners|Tips for beginners]]&nbsp;
*[[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?]]&nbsp;
 
*[[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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*[[U.S. Military Records Class Handout|U.S. Military Records Class Handout]]
  
The [[US Military Basic Search Strategies|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 [[US Military Record Selection Table|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 [[US Military Records at the FHL|how to use the Family History Library Catalog]] to find specific records. <br>
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The [[US Military Basic Search Strategies|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 [[US Military Record Selection Table|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 [[US Military Records at the FHL|how to use the FamilySearch Catalog]] to find specific records.
  
 
== Use military records to:  ==
 
== Use military records to:  ==
  
*Find evidence of military or patriotic service  
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*Find evidence of military or patriotic service&nbsp;
*Find residence at time of&nbsp;military service&nbsp;or pension&nbsp;  
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*Find residence at time of&nbsp;military service&nbsp;or pension&nbsp;&nbsp;  
*[[Using military records to find a soldier's birth information|Find birth information]]  
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*[[Using military records to find a soldier's birth information|Find birth information]]&nbsp;
*Find evidence of family relationships  
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*Find evidence of family relationships&nbsp;
 
*Find relatives who served and left clues about&nbsp;my family
 
*Find relatives who served and left clues about&nbsp;my family
  
 
== Research Tools  ==
 
== Research Tools  ==
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1572 NARA Collections on Ancestry.com] - search for NARA collections by NARA title, NARA series number (ex. M313) or Ancestry.com title.  
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{{Click|Image:UM_ORP.png|United States Military Online Genealogy Records|left}}Click the button to see links to online databases and indexes about U.S. military personnel, records, and conflicts involving the United States.<br><br>
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/military National Archives Military Records] - National Archives page explaining some of their records available for the different wars.  
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*[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).  
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*[http://www.recordsbase.com RecordsBase.com] - ($) Help You Find Family Members Who Served in the army, including military documents, information of US historic wars, veterans and military divisions.<br>
*[http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] ($) 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.  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1572 NARA Collections on Ancestry.com] - search for NARA collections by NARA title, NARA series number (ex. M313) or Ancestry.com title.&nbsp;
*[http://www.fold3.com Fold3.com] ($) (formerly Footnote) Subscription site to digitized and indexed National Archives documents including Civil War Service Records, Civil War Widows Pensions,&nbsp; Mormon Battalion Pension Files, Pension Index-Civil War to 1900, Revolutionary War Pensions, Southern Claims Commission, WWI and WWII records.  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/military National Archives Military Records] - National Archives page explaining some of their records available for the different wars.&nbsp;
*[http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/revwar HeritageQuestOnline]. Search selected records from the Revolutionary War era pension and bounty-land warrant application files. Only at libraries.  
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*[http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]. Free National Park Service site with a nationwide index to&nbsp;Union and Confederate servicemen, including U.S. Colored Troops (USCT).&nbsp;
*''[http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH33&CISOPTR=13300&REC=10 Register of Revolutionary War Records]'' (Family History Library) (Salt Lake City: FHL, 2006) Shows National Archives and other sources available through the Family History Library.  
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*[http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] ($) 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.&nbsp;
*[http://www.loc.gov/vets/ Veterans History Project] (Library of Congress)  
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*[http://www.fold3.com 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.&nbsp;
*[http://veteranshistoryinstitute.org/index.htm National Veterans History Archival Institute]  
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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.&nbsp;
*[http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives]  
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*''Register of Revolutionary War Records {{FSbook|64205}}'' (Family History Library) (Salt Lake City: FHL, 2006) Shows National Archives and other sources available through the Family History Library.&nbsp;
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/military.htm Cyndi's List U.S. Military Links]  
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*[http://www.loc.gov/vets/ Veterans History Project] (Library of Congress)&nbsp;
*[http://www.telusplanet.net/public/mtoll/usmil.htm Mary's Genealogy Treasures]  
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*[http://www.angelfire.com/in4/nat_vet_hist_arch/ National Veterans History Archival Institute]&nbsp;
*[[US Military For Further Reading|For Further Reading]]  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/ Pritzker Military Museum and Library] Their collection includes over 45,000 books includes military histories, unit histories, military rosters, cruise books (similar to high school yearbooks), photographs, guides to uniforms, equipment, insignia, and ships for many of the world's militaries.
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*[http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/military-records.htm New Horizons Genealogy]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/military.htm Cyndi's List U.S. Military Links]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.telusplanet.net/public/mtoll/usmil.htm Mary's Genealogy Treasures]&nbsp;
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*[[US Military For Further Reading|For Further Reading]]&nbsp;
 
*See [[Additional websites for general military research|More]]<br>
 
*See [[Additional websites for general military research|More]]<br>
  
'''Wiki articles describing online Military&nbsp;collections are found at:'''  
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'''Wiki articles describing online Military collections are found at:'''  
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*[[United States, Service Records of Union Soldiers Who Served in the United States Colored Troops (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Service Records of Union Soldiers Who Served in the United States Colored Troops (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;
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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)]]&nbsp;
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*[[United States Civil War Soldiers Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Civil War Soldiers Index (FamilySearch Historical Records]]&nbsp;
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*U[[United States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps (FamilySearch Historical Records)|nited States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corp]]&nbsp;[[United States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps (FamilySearch Historical Records)|(FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;
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*[[United States, Records of Headstones Provided Deceased Union Civil War Veterans (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Records of Headstones Provided Deceased Union Civil War Veterans (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;
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*[[United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;
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*[[United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*1942 {{RecordSearch|1861144|United States World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
  
*[[United States, Service Records of Union Soldiers Who Served in the United States Colored Troops (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Service Records of Union Soldiers Who Served in the United States Colored Troops (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:See also ''[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?q=war Military Records]'' in the FamilySearch Learning Center.
*[[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]]
 
*U[[United States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps (FamilySearch Historical Records)|nited States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corp]]&nbsp;[[United States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps (FamilySearch Historical Records)|(FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[United States, Records of Headstones Provided Deceased Union Civil War Veterans (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, Records of Headstones Provided Deceased Union Civil War Veterans (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Reocrds)]]
 
  
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== Online Records ==
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*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} — images
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*'''1798 - 1937''' - {{RecordSearch|1916228|United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1798 - 1914''' - {{RecordSearch|1880762|United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1855 - 1891''' - {{RecordSearch|1825347|United States Naval Enlistment Rendezvous, 1855-1891}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932431|United States Civil War Service Records of Union Colored Troops, 1863-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1910717|United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1910''' - {{RecordSearch|1852605|United States Navy Widows' Certificates, 1861-1910}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1917''' - {{RecordSearch|1471019|United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1922519|United States Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files, 1861-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1919699|United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1862 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|2019835|Georgia, Andersonville Prison Records, 1862-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1864 - 1866''' - {{RecordSearch|1932430|United States Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1864-1866}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1866''' - {{RecordSearch|1834304|United States Union Provost Marshal Files of Individual Civilians, 1861-1866}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1861 - 1866''' - {{RecordSearch|1845948|United States Union Provost Marshal Files of Two or More Civilians, 1861-1866}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|2019254|United States Confederate Navy and Marine Service Records, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1916234|United States Records of Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|2145147|United States Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1865 - 1867''' - {{RecordSearch|1936545|United States Civil War Confederate Applications for Pardons, 1865-1867}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1866 - 1938''' - {{RecordSearch|1916230|United States National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1879 - 1903''' - {{RecordSearch|1913388|United States Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1887 - 1942''' - {{RecordSearch|1979426|United States Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1889 - 1904''' - {{RecordSearch|1834308|United States Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1890''' - {{RecordSearch|1877095|United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1907 - 1933''' - {{RecordSearch|1832324|United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1925 - 1949''' - {{RecordSearch|1916249|United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans 1925-1949}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1942''' - {{RecordSearch|1339071|United States World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1789 - 1989''' - [http://www.archives.gov/legislative/guide/house/chapter-06-invalid-pensions.html Guide to the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives at the National Archives, 1789-1989 (Record Group 233)] - contains documents of the sort found in the regular pension files
  
 
== State Military Records  ==
 
== State Military Records  ==
  
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*[[Image:Alabama flag.png|border|22x15px|Alabama flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Alabama Military Records|Alabama]]  
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*[[Image:Alabama flag.png|border|22x15px|Alabama flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Alabama Military Records|Alabama]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Alaska flag.png|border|22x15px|Alaska flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Alaska Military Records|Alaska]]  
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*[[Image:Alaska flag.png|border|22x15px|Alaska flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Alaska Military Records|Alaska]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Arizona flag.png|border|22x15px|Arizona flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Arizona Military Records|Arizona]]  
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*[[Image:Arizona flag.png|border|22x15px|Arizona flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Arizona Military Records|Arizona]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Arkansas flag.png|border|22x15px|Arkansas flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Arkansas Military Records|Arkansas]]  
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*[[Image:Arkansas flag.png|border|22x15px|Arkansas flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Arkansas Military Records|Arkansas]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:California flag.png|border|22x15px|California flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[California Military Records|California]]  
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*[[Image:California flag.png|border|22x15px|California flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[California Military Records|California]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Colorado flag.png|border|22x15px|Colorado flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Colorado Military Records|Colorado]]  
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*[[Image:Colorado flag.png|border|22x15px|Colorado flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Colorado Military Records|Colorado]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Connecticut flag.png|border|22x13px|Connecticut flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Connecticut Military Records|Connecticut]]  
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*[[Image:Connecticut flag.png|border|22x13px|Connecticut flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Connecticut Military Records|Connecticut]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Delaware flag.png|border|22x15px|Delaware flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Delaware Military Records|Delaware]]  
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*[[Image:Delaware flag.png|border|22x15px|Delaware flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Delaware Military Records|Delaware]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:District of Columbia flag.png|border|22x11px|District of Columbia flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[District of Columbia Military Records|District of Columbia]]  
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*[[Image:District of Columbia flag.png|border|22x11px|District of Columbia flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[District of Columbia Military Records|District of Columbia]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Florida flag.png|border|22x15px|Florida flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Florida Military Records|Florida]]  
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*[[Image:Florida flag.png|border|22x15px|Florida flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Florida Military Records|Florida]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Georgia flag.png|border|22x14px|Georgia flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Georgia Military Records|Georgia]]  
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*[[Image:Georgia flag.png|border|22x14px|Georgia flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Georgia Military Records|Georgia]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Hawaii flag.png|border|22x11px|Hawaii flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Hawaii Military Records|Hawaii]]  
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*[[Image:Hawaii flag.png|border|22x11px|Hawaii flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Hawaii Military Records|Hawaii]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Idaho flag.png|border|22x18px|Idaho flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Idaho Military Records|Idaho]]  
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*[[Image:Idaho flag.png|border|22x18px|Idaho flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Idaho Military Records|Idaho]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Illinois flag.png|border|22x13px|Illinois flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Illinois Military Records|Illinois]]  
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*[[Image:Illinois flag.png|border|22x13px|Illinois flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Illinois Military Records|Illinois]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Indiana flag.png|border|22x15px|Indiana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Indiana Military Records|Indiana]]  
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*[[Image:Indiana flag.png|border|22x15px|Indiana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Indiana Military Records|Indiana]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Iowa flag.png|border|22x15px|Iowa flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Iowa Military Records|Iowa]]  
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*[[Image:Iowa flag.png|border|22x15px|Iowa flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Iowa Military Records|Iowa]]&nbsp;
 
*[[Image:Kansas flag.png|border|22x13px|Kansas flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Kansas Military Records|Kansas]]
 
*[[Image:Kansas flag.png|border|22x13px|Kansas flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Kansas Military Records|Kansas]]
  
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*[[Image:Kentucky flag.png|border|22x15px|Kentucky flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Kentucky Military Records|Kentucky]]  
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*[[Image:Kentucky flag.png|border|22x15px|Kentucky flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Kentucky Military Records|Kentucky]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Louisiana flag.png|border|22x15px|Louisiana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Louisiana Military Records|Louisiana]]  
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*[[Image:Louisiana flag.png|border|22x15px|Louisiana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Louisiana Military Records|Louisiana]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Maine flag.png|border|22x15px|Maine flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Maine Military Records|Maine]]  
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*[[Image:Maine flag.png|border|22x15px|Maine flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Maine Military Records|Maine]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Maryland flag.png|border|22x15px|Maryland flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Maryland Military Records|Maryland]]  
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*[[Image:Maryland flag.png|border|22x15px|Maryland flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Maryland Military Records|Maryland]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Massachusetts flag.png|border|22x13px|Massachusetts flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Massachusetts Military Records|Massachusetts]]  
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*[[Image:Massachusetts flag.png|border|22x13px|Massachusetts flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Massachusetts Military Records|Massachusetts]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Michigan flag.png|border|22x15px|Michigan flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Michigan Military Records|Michigan]]  
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*[[Image:Michigan flag.png|border|22x15px|Michigan flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Michigan Military Records|Michigan]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Minnesota flag.png|border|22x14px|Minnesota flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Minnesota Military Records|Minnesota]]  
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*[[Image:Minnesota flag.png|border|22x14px|Minnesota flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Minnesota Military Records|Minnesota]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Mississippi flag.png|border|22x13px|Mississippi flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Mississippi Military Records|Mississippi]]  
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*[[Image:Mississippi flag.png|border|22x13px|Mississippi flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Mississippi Military Records|Mississippi]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Missouri flag.png|border|22x13px|Missouri flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Missouri Military Records|Missouri]]  
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*[[Image:Missouri flag.png|border|22x13px|Missouri flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Missouri Military Records|Missouri]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Montana flag.png|border|22x15px|Montana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Montana Military Records|Montana]]  
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*[[Image:Montana flag.png|border|22x15px|Montana flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Montana Military Records|Montana]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Nebraska flag.png|border|22x13px|Nebraska flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Nebraska Military Records|Nebraska]]  
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*[[Image:Nebraska flag.png|border|22x13px|Nebraska flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Nebraska Military Records|Nebraska]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:Nevada flag.png|border|22x15px|Nevada flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Nevada Military Records|Nevada]]  
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*[[Image:Nevada flag.png|border|22x15px|Nevada flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Nevada Military Records|Nevada]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:New Hampshire flag.png|border|22x15px|New Hampshire flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Hampshire Military Records|New Hampshire]]  
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*[[Image:New Hampshire flag.png|border|22x15px|New Hampshire flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Hampshire Military Records|New Hampshire]]&nbsp;
*[[Image:New Jersey flag.png|border|22x15px|New Jersey flag.png]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[New Jersey Military Records|New Jersey]]  
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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.

Beginners' Corner

1. What are United States military records?
2. What time periods do they cover?
3. What can I find in them?
4. How do I access them?
5. Search strategies

For a more complete beginning introduction, see U.S. Military Records Class Handout.

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 FamilySearch 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

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Click the button to see links to online databases and indexes about U.S. military personnel, records, and conflicts involving the United States.

  • RecordsBase.com - ($) Help You Find Family Members Who Served in the army, including military documents, information of US historic wars, veterans and military divisions.
  • NARA Collections on Ancestry.com - search for NARA collections by NARA title, NARA series number (ex. M313) or Ancestry.com title. 
  • National Archives Military Records - National Archives page explaining some of their records available for the different wars. 
  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. Free National Park Service site with a nationwide index to Union and Confederate servicemen, including U.S. Colored Troops (USCT). 
  • Ancestry.com ($) 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. 
  • Fold3.com ($) (formerly Footnote) Subscription site to digitized and indexed National Archives documents including Civil War Service Records, Civil War Widows Pensions,  Mormon Battalion Pension Files, Pension Index-Civil War to 1900, Revolutionary War Pensions, Southern Claims Commission, WWI and WWII records. 
  • HeritageQuestOnline. Search selected records from the Revolutionary War era pension and bounty-land warrant application files. Only at libraries. 
  • Register of Revolutionary War Records FamilySearch Books Online (Family History Library) (Salt Lake City: FHL, 2006) Shows National Archives and other sources available through the Family History Library. 
  • Veterans History Project (Library of Congress) 
  • National Veterans History Archival Institute 
  • National Archives 
  • Pritzker Military Museum and Library Their collection includes over 45,000 books includes military histories, unit histories, military rosters, cruise books (similar to high school yearbooks), photographs, guides to uniforms, equipment, insignia, and ships for many of the world's militaries.
  • New Horizons Genealogy 
  • Cyndi's List U.S. Military Links 
  • Mary's Genealogy Treasures 
  • For Further Reading 
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Wiki articles describing online Military collections are found at:

See also Military Records in the FamilySearch Learning Center.

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