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Military Records for Genealogists and Historians

The National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri, maintains the personnel files of military service records from World War I and later.  On July 12, 1973, a disastrous fire at NPRC destroyed approximately 16-18 million Official Military Personnel Files. Approximately 80 percent of the records for ARMY personnel discharged November 1, 1912 to January 1, 1960 and 75 percent of the records for Air Force personnel discharged September 25, 1947 to January 1, 1964 (with names alphabetically after Hubbard, James E.) were destroyed. In the event the file was destroyed, the National Records Center will attempt to reconstruct the service record using alternative sources and can usually verify military service and provide a Certification of Military Service. This Certification can be used for any purpose for which the original discharge document was used, including application for veterans benefits.

Modern era (World War I to present) Military Service Records are held by the National Personnel Records Center rather than the National Archives, and are limited to authorized individuals due to the Privacy Act. For details of who may access records, CLICK HERE. To obtain a copy of your DD Form 214, CLICK HERE.

Modern era Pension and Medical Records are under the custodianship of the Department of Veterans Affairs and are covered by the Privacy Act and access is through the Freedom of Information Act. Veterans and surviving next of kin, please CLICK HERE. All other, please CLICK HERE.

We can also assist in obtaining replacement medals and awards. For details CLICK HERE

Early era Military Service and Pension Records from 1775 until 1916 are not restricted and are maintained by the National Archives. For information on obtaining these records, CLICK HERE

You will find links to additional Military Records information below. Some are free and some require subscriptions services. You will find more links by clicking on the wartime period below.


Service & Pension Files French & Indian War American Revolution Indian Wars American Civil War War of 1812 Mexican War Spanish-American World War I World War II Korean War Vietnam War Grenada Desert Storm Afghanistan War in Iraq

 

United States Military Resources

Military Records Collection Military Records

Requesting Replacement Medals

Military Links from the USIGS Collection

Military Rosters from RootsWeb Military Rosters

Medal of Honor Recipients

Revolutionary War Records at Ancestry Revolutionary War Recordsincluding the following:

200th anniversary of the Battle of Connecticut Farms, June 7, 1780
A list of officers of the Illinois Regiment, and of Crockett's Regiment A list of Revolutionary soldiers of Berwick
A narrative of events which occurred in Baltimore town during the Revolutionary War
A record of the services of the commissioned officers and enlisted men of Kittery and Eliot, Maine
A roster of Revolutionary ancestors of the Indiana DAR
A summary military history of Worcester
Abstract of pension papers of soldiers of the Revolutionary War, Knox County, KY
Abstract of pensions of North Carolina soldiers of the Revolution
Abstracts of pension papers, Revolutionary War, Hardin County, Ky.
Abstracts of pensions, soldiers of the Revolution, Kentucky
Alabama Revolutionary War Soldiers
American Revolutionary soldiers of Franklin County, Pennnsylvania [sic]
American Revolutionary War Rejected Pensions
Annals of southwest Virginia, 1769-1800
Battles of Saratoga, 1777
Beside old hearth-stones
Biographical sketch of the residents of that part of Dedham, which is now Dover.
British and German Deserters, Dischargees, and POW's Who May Have Remained in Canada and the USA, 1774-1783. Part One and Two
Bryant's Station
Burgoyne's campaign Col. Bradstreet's misfortunes on Lake Erie in 1764
Col. Robert Magaw, the defender of Fort Washington, major in Colonel William Thompson's "Battalion of Pennsylvania Riflemen" . Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774
Connecticut Men in the Revolutionary War
Connecticut Revolutionary War Military Lists, 1775-83
Conquest of the country northwest of the river Ohio, 1778-1783, and life of Gen. George Rogers Clark
The New Hampshire and Rhode Island Regiments at Valley Forge
Delaware County in the American Revolution
Descriptive guide of the battlefield of Saratoga
A list of the Revolutionary soldiers of Dublin, N.H.
Falmouth Neck in the Revolution
Farmington in the War of the Revolution
Fifteen years ago, or, The patriotism of Will County
Fire Cake and Water
Foraging
Fort Ligonier and its times
Groton during the Revolution
Hartland in the Revolutionary War
Historical landmarks
Historical records of old Crab Orchard
Historical sketch and souvenir, Reading Artillerists, Company A, Fourth Regiment Inf., Third Brigade, N.G.P.
Historical sketches of the times and men in Ashfield, Mass. during the Revolutionary War
History of maritime Connecticut during the American revolution, 1775-1783
History of the "Soldiers' Home," Washington, D.C.
History of the massacre of Captain Phillips' Pennsylvania Rangers
History of the Milwaukee Light Guard
Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials
Illinois Society of the S.A.R. Yearbook, 1896
In memoriam : citizen soldiers of Dracut, Mass.
June 1780 : the battles for Springfield, New Jersey
Loyalists in the American Revolution
Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Applications, 1835-36
Mariners of the American Revolution
Maryland Revolutionary War Records
Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War
Mecklenburg in the Revolution, 1740-1783
Memorial to Revolutionary soldiers, Clinton, New York
Men of Oneida County who served in the American Revolution
Military history of Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks
Military history of Waterville, Maine
Military history of Westerly : 1710-1932
Military minutes of the Council of Appointment of the State of New York, 1783-1821
Muster and Pay Rolls of the War of the Revolution, 1775-1783
New index to the civil and military lists of Rhode Island
New York Military in the Revolution
North Carolina Revolutionary War Soldiers
North Carolina, 1780-'81
Orderly books of the Fourth New York Regiment, 1778-1780, the Second New York Regiment, 1780-1783
Partial list of early settlers, Revolutionary soldiers and the graves of Augusta County
Peekskill in the American Revolution
Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution
Pennsylvania Women in the Revolutionary War
Pension papers of soldiers of the Revolutionary War, Hickman County, KY.
Proceedings at the centennial celebration of the Battle of Lexington : April 19, 1875.
Register of officers and members of the Society of Colonial Wars, 1897-1898
Register of the Empire State Society of the SAR
Report of the committee appointed to revise the soldiers' record
Review, the Tomb of the Martyrs
Revolutionary fragments, Morris County, N.J.
Revolutionary pension declarations, Strafford County, 1820-1832
Revolutionary soldiers buried in Cattaraugus County, New York
Revolutionary soldiers in Alabama
Revolutionary soldiers resident or dying in Onondaga County, N.Y.
Revolutionary soldiers, Rockingham County, Virginia
Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants
Revolutionary War Courts-Martial
Revolutionary War Officers
Revolutionary War Pension Index
Revolutionary War Pensioner Census, 1841
Revolutionary War pensions of soldiers who settled in Fayette County, Kentucky
Revolutionary War round table papers
Revolutionary War veterans in Broome County
Roster of Revoloutionary Soldiers in Georgia Vol. I
Roster of Revoloutionary Soldiers in Georgia Vol. II
Roster of Revoloutionary Soldiers in Georgia Vol. III
Roster of soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution
Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution
Sketches and papers relating to the revolutionary days in Somerset County
Soldiers of Oakham, Massachusetts in the Revolutionary War
Soldiers of the American Revolution, Chautauqua County, NY
Soldiers of the American Revolution, of Lebanon, Maine
Soldiers who served in the Revolution from the town of Braintree
Some Tennessee heroes of the Revolution
South Carolinians in the Revolution
Souvenir of the Revolutionary Soldiers' Monument dedication, at Tarrytown, N.Y.
Stony Point battlefield
Surname index to Roster of soldiers and patriots of the American Revolution buried in Indiana
The American Revolution
The American revolution and Morris County
The Battle fields of the Maumee Valley
The battle of Elizabeth Town
The battle of Groton Heights
The battle of Harlem Heights
The battles of Connecticut Farms and Springfield, 1780
The Black presence in the era of the American Revolution, 1770-1800
The British invasion of New Haven, Connecticut
The capture of General Richard Prescott by Lt.-Col. William Barton
The centennial history of the Battle of Bennington
The construction and military history of Fort Stanwix
The heroes of the American Revolution and their descendants : Battle of Long Island
The history of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company
The history of Virginia's navy of the Revolution
The life and times of Gen. John Graves Simcoe
The McDonald papers
The military annals of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1740-1865
The Military history of Medway, Mass., 1745-1885
The Military history of Ohio
The military history of Yates County, N.Y.
The New Jersey volunteers (Loyalists) in the Revolutionary War
The Northwest in the Revolution
The Official roster of the soldiers of the American Revolution buried in the state of Ohio
The refugees of 1776 from Long Island to Connecticut
The Revolutionary camp ground at Plainfield, New Jersey
The revolutionary movement in Georgia, 1763-1777
U.S. Revolutionary War Miscellaneous Records (Manuscript File), 1775-1790s
U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783
Vermont Men in the Revolutionary War
Vermont pension roll
Virginia colonial militia, 1651-1776
Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War
Virginia Navy in the Revolution
Virginia Revolutionary War Records
Virginia Soldiers of 1776, Vol. 1

South Carolina Revolutionary War Resources (pdf format)

War of 1812 Service Records War of 1812 Service Records

War of 1812 Papers, 1789-1815 War of 1812 Papers, 1789-1815

War of 1812, Prisoner of War Records, 1812-1815 War of 1812, Prisoner of War Records, 1812-1815

Kentucky Soldiers of the War of 1812 Kentucky Soldiers of the War of 1812

Louisiana Soldiers in the War of 1812 Louisiana Soldiers in the War of 1812

[New York]: Index of Awards On Claims of the Soldiers of the War of 1812 [New York]: Index of Awards On Claims of the Soldiers of the War of 1812

Muster rolls of the soldiers of the War of 1812 : detached from the Militia of North Carolina Muster rolls of the soldiers of the War of 1812 : detached from the Militia of North Carolina in 1812 and 1814

Index to the grave records of soldiers of the War of 1812 buried in Ohio Index to the grave records of soldiers of the War of 1812 buried in Ohio

Roster of Ohio soldiers in the War of 1812 Roster of Ohio soldiers in the War of 1812

Virginia Militia in the War of 1812, Vol. I Virginia Militia in the War of 1812, Vol. I

War of 1812 Marines & Navy

 

Ancestry's Civil War Collection Civil War records

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System 

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies from Cornell Univ.

Civil War Service Records Civil War Service Records

Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 Civil War Pension Index

National Archives Civil War Records

Military databases from the Alabama Archives

Colorado State Archives Military Records

Connecticut State Noble Pension Database

Confederate Regimental Listing

Confederate Pension Applications - Texas 

Confederate Pension Applications - Florida

Confederate Pension Applications - Virginia

U.S. Civil War Center at L.S.U.

Search for Civil War Soldiers Civil War soldiers

Delaware Civil War Troop Rosters

Delaware U.S. Colored Troops

Florida Confederate Pension Application Files

Civil War Resources at the Georgia Archives

Index to Georgia Confederate Pension Applications

Georgia Confederate Pension Applications

Idaho Civil War Veterans

Illinois State Civil War Database

Illinois Civil War Rosters Illinois Civil War RostersFree on RootsWeb

Illinois Civil War Veterans

Indiana Soldier's & Sailor's Childrens Home

Kansas State Military Databases

Researching Your Kentucky Civil War Ancestors

Louisiana Confederate Pension Applications

Maryland State Archives - Military Records Online

Massachusetts Civil War Research Center

Missouri Soldiers Database, War of 1812 - WWI

Missouri's Union Provost Marshal Papers: 1861-1866

Nebraska Civil War Veterans

New Jersey Men in the Revolution

New York State Civil War Database

Index to Oklahoma Confederate Pension Records

Pennsylvania Military Archives - Online Cardfile

South Carolina Confederate Pension Applications

Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications

Tennessee Confederate Soldiers Home Applications

Tennessee Civil War Veterans' Questionnaires

Tennessee Confederate Physicians

Index to Texas Confederate Pension Applications, 1899 - 1975

Texas Confederate Indigent Families, 1863 - 1865

Texas Adjutant General Service Records 1836-1935

Vermont in the Civil War - includes rosters

Valley Forge Muster Roll Database

Virginia Confederate Pension Rolls-Vets & Widows

Virginia Confederate Disability Applications & Receipts for artificial limbs

West Virginia Union Militia in the Civil War

Wisconsin Military Rosters

American Civil War Resources

Civil War: Augusta Co. VA &  Franklin Co. PA

U.S. Veteran National Gravesite Locator

Korean War

Korean War Missing Personnel

World War I Draft Registration Cards World War I Draft Re3gistration Cards more than 24 million men born between 1873 and 1900 registered for the draft

World War I Honor Roll

World War II Honor Roll 

WW II Army & AF Dead & Missing (NARA)

WW II Navy, Marine and CG Casualty List

History of the 126th Infantry in the war with Germany History of the 126th Infantry in the war with Germany

World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas

Pearl Harbor American Casualties from the National Park Service

Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona Casualties from the N.P.S.

Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona Survivors

Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957 Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957

Korean War Prisoners of War, 1950-1954 Korean War Prisoners of War, 1950-1954

WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings

Vietnam Missing Personnel

Vietnam Honor Roll (Virtual Wall)

International Military Resources

DNA Testing Lab

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