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Military Records: Sources for Service Records

Many indexes to records have been published on microfilm or on the Web. Original records (up to 1916) are at the National Archives (NARA) unless otherwise listed. Note: NARA uses the prefix “M” for microfilmed sets of records.

For more NARA microfilm records, see the Microfilm Catalog.

M881
Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War. The microfilm is indexed by M860.

  • National Archives
  • Ancestry Library Edition. Go to Search> Military> U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls
  • Footnote.com $

M860
General Index to Compiled Military Service Records of Revolutionary War Soldiers. Indexes microfilm M881.

  • National Archives

M246
Revolutionary War Rolls 1775- 1783.

  • National Archives
  • Ancestry Library Edition. Go to Search> Military> U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls
  • Footnote.com $

M602
Index to the Complied Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812.

  • National Archives
  • Family History Library

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS).

  • Website (National Park Service)
  • Ancestry Library Edition. Go to Search> Military> U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865

Compiled from several National Archives indexes to Compiled Military Service Records. Contains 6.3 million soldier records. Both Union and Confederate.  Includes U.S. Colored Troops. Serves as an index to the military service records.  Also contains information about battlefields, cemeteries, and regiments. Note: Information is brief.

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles.

  • Ancestry Library Edition. Go to Search> Military> U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles

A compilation of several Civil war resources, such as compiled service records indexes, histories of the war, battles, and regiments, rolls of honors, cemetery records and more. Includes standard works: Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, Heitman’s Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, and the Official Records of the War of Rebellion (OR). Note: this database is still being compiled.

M242, 253, 263-64, 383, 385-94, 507, 532-59, 589, 636
Civil War Service Records.

  • Ancestry Library Edition. Go to Search> Military> Civil War Service Records

Civil War Compiled Military Service Records, for Union and Confederate troops.

M1801, M1817-M1824, M1898, and M1992
U.S. Colored Troops Military Service Records, 1861-1865.

M537 (Delaware only)
Index to Compiled Service Records for Union Army Volunteers — Delaware. 4 rolls of microfilm.

  • Morris Library Microfilm no. 5697
  • Delaware Public Archives
  • National Archives
  • For other states, see Ancestry Library Edition or National Archives microfilm catalog

M871
General Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War with Spain.

  • National Archives
  • Family History Library

The service records have not been filmed and are only available at the National Archives.

M872
General Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Philippine Insurrection.

  • National Archives
  • Family History Library

The service records have not been filmed and are only available at the National Archives.

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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.

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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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