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1607–1811 | 1812–1865 | 1865–1898 | 1898–1999

Post-Revolutionary Wars, 1812-1848

The information included in this time period is similar to the service records of soldiers in the colonial wars and Revolutionary War and have been indexed and microfilmed by the National Archives. If a personal search of the microfilmed indexes at the National Archives or Family History Libraries is not possible, you can request a search at the National Archives using NATF form 80.

  • The Historical register of the United States, Washington: T H Palmer, 1814-1816. 973.5/H629

  • History of the late war between the United States and Great Britain: comprising a minute account of the various military and naval operations. By H M Brackenridge. Pittsburgh: J I Kay & Co, 1836. 973.52/B725

  • War of 1812 genealogy by George K Schweitzer. Knoxville, TN: published by the author, 407 Ascot Court, Knoxville, TN 37923-5807, c1995. 929.1072073524/S4134w/1995
Civil War, 1861-1865

These records are indexed by state and by military unit for those organized within a specific state. Use NATF form 80 to request Civil War service records for the Union Army. Civil War soldier draft records, 1863-1865, will provide rank and unit.

Civil War Soldier Draft Records, 1863-1965, are only available at the National Archives as are the Confederate Service Records. An online database available is the Civil War Soldiers System Database: http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/. It was begun on April 28, 1993, and is a joint project of the National Archives, the National Park Service, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Genealogical Society of Utah. It provides a database which identifies every solder who fought in the Civil War. Each entry indicates whether the solder was Union or Confederate, his regiment and his rank and indicates where he is buried. You will find Civil War regimental rosters, Regimental chronicles, officer profiles, Civil War soldier photographs and Civil War battle synopses. As of Oct 6, 1999, they had 2,320,000 of approximately 4,000,000 soldiers listed or 58% completed.

  • Army and Navy Journal and Gazette of the Regular and Volunteer Forces, some volumes indexed. Sometimes called "Army and Navy Journal" or "Armed Forces Journal." Published weekly with articles, correspondence and reports on military actions and units. 1863-1900 microfilm.

  • Civil War genealogy by George K Schweitzer. Knoxville, TN: published by the author, 407 Ascot Court, Knoxville, TN 37923-5807, c1996. 929.107207374/S413c/1996

  • Confederate Research Sources; a guide to Archives collections by James C Neageles. 2nd edition. Ancestry Inc, c1997. 929.373742/N338c/1997

  • Index of compiled service records, volunteer Union Soldiers who served in organizations from the Territory of Dakota (Roll #6099)

  • Journal of the U S Cavalry Association, sometimes called the "Cavalry Journal" and "Armored Cavalry Journal." Published quarterly it provides longer articles and reports on activities of the Cavalry and its equipment. 1888-1906 microfilm.

  • Military engagements between United Sates troops & Plains Indians, 1854-1890, compiled by George E Fay. Greeley, CO: Museum of Anthropology, U of Northern Colorado, 1972. 978.02/F29

  • Roster and records of Iowa soldiers in the War of the Rebellion: together with historical sketches of volunteer organization, 1861-1866. Des Moines: E H English, 1908-1911, 6 vols. 973.7477/Ad49 (We have only volumes 4&5.)

  • Special schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War, North Dakota. (Roll #4235)

  • War of the Rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington DC: GPO, 1901. 130 volumes with index. 973.7/Un3w

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