IF YOU ARE JUST STARTING TO RESEARCH
HOW TO LOCATE ANYONE WHO IS OR HAD BEEN IN THE MILITARY
by Lt. Col. Richard S. Johnson
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RECORDS OF A CAVALRYMAN
U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION (NARA)
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001
To request military service records, visit
and follow the steps indicated.
U.S. ARMY MILITARY HISTORY INSTITUTE
Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania 17013
NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER
9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63132 (314) 538-4261
|The National Personnel Records Center has all the U.S. Army Morning Reports, Regimental Returns or Personnel Rosters from Nov. 1, 1912 to 1974 and all subsequent reports (including SIDPERS reports) after Morning Reports were discontinued. All rosters for Army and Army Air Corps units for the years 1944, 1945, 1946 were destroyed.|
TO LOCATE ANYONE WHO IS RETIRED FROM THE ARMY: ACTIVE DUTY, RESERVE OR NATIONAL GUARD
ARMY RESERVE PERSONNEL CENTER
9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63132
($3.50 research fee make check payable to “Treasurer of the US”)
IF YOUR ANCESTOR SERVED IN A STATE MILITIA
For address, check the appropriate state capital for the address of their State Archives.
|Most of these records are kept by the states only, except that Revolutionary soldiers ‘records are in Washington, DC at the National Archives. Most state archives also have the microfilmed Index to Civil War Military Service Records. To make an inquiry into your ancestor’s records, send a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check for $10.00 (with the payee line left blank) to the proper state archives. Send them as much information as you can: full name, enlistment date and place, home county, etc.|
IF YOUR CIVIL WAR ANCESTOR WAS DRAFTED OR TOOK AN AMNESTY OATH
NAVY & OLD ARMY BRANCH,
National Archives (GSA), Washington, DC 20408
Draft records were compiled for men 20-35; unmarried men 35-45; married men 35-45; and those who volunteered for service. The lists are arranged by state, then by county. Give the name of the veteran, state, county, city (including the ward), or town.
Amnesty oaths were taken by Confederate soldiers, citizens, and amnesty papers for high Confederate officials & persons owning more than $20,000 in property. They show the date of the oath, the place, signature and sometimes the age, personal description, and or Confederate military unit.
LIST OF PUBLICATIONS TO HELP FIND THE RECORDS OF A CAVALRYMAN
Most of the information is on Microfilm. Microfilm can either be purchased or obtained for viewing through your local Library loan system. Ask your library to check the List of National Archives Microfilm Publications.
The National Archives Trust Fund Board has published several books listing the microfilm that would be helpful:
GENEALOGICAL & BIOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH: A SELECTION CATALOG OF NATIONAL ARCHIVES MICROFILM PUBLICATIONS Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 83-13404. ISBN 0-911333-06-1
This book’s contents read: Land Records, Civilian Government Employees; “Old Loan” and Tax Records; Southern Civilians; District of Columbia Residents; Other Governments; Amnesties and Pardons; Naturalizations; Aliens Residing in the United States; Attorneys
MILITARY SERVICE RECORDS: A SELECT CATALOG OF NATIONAL ARCHIVES MICROFILM PUBLICATIONS ISBN 0-911333-07-X
The book’s contents read: Compiled Military Service Records; Records Relating to Service in the Regular U.S. Military; Veteran’s Claims; Miscellaneous Records Relating to Military Service.
GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH IN THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES paperback: ISBN 0-911333-01-0
This book’s contents read: Population and Immigration; Military Records; Records Relating to Particular Groups; Other Useful RecordsFootnote: A wealth of information can come from pension records. These records are on microfilm.IF YOU RECEIVE A FORM BACK SAYING RECORDS CANNOT BE FOUND, SEND THE WHOLE THING IN AGAIN A SECOND TIME - YOU MIGHT GET A DIFFERENT RESEARCHER WHO MIGHT BE ABLE TO FIND SOMETHING.