Identifying & Ordering Records from National Archives

Ordering

Contact National Archives to order microfilm or copies of records.

To save time, submit orders online. Go to this webpage for the order request forms and information about record groups: Ready to Order?

Identifying

Check guides and catalogs to be as specific as possible in your request.

Genealogists/Family Historians — information page

Research Topics of Genealogical Interest

Military Service Records

Research at the National Archives — check for news and featured resources

Microfilm Catalog

Use to look up a specific M or T number. Example: M313

Use to search for record collections that have been microfilmed.

From the main Microfilm Catalog page, click Advanced Search (next to the Search button).

In the righthand column, under Subject Catalog, select “Military Service Records”

Click “Search” to see all military collections

Add a keyword (e.g., name of war), to see the collections related to that war

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