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NARA Indexes to Veteran Records

If you have an ancestor whom you suspect of having served in the armed forces, it is not advisable to write blindly to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) hoping to turn up something. In the first place, a letter won't do. Two specific government forms (NATF Form 85 and NATF Form 86) must be used. Secondly, the more information you can provide on the forms, the better your chances of success.

The best approach is to first examine the National Archives' microfilmed indexes to military service and pension files. Fortunately, it is not necessary to travel to Washington, D.C. to see these. Many large libraries have copies in their genealogy sections or you can visit one of the regional National Archives repositories. You may also rent or purchase the microfilm from the National Archives or some other source, such as your local LDS Genealogical Research Center.


MILITARY SERVICE RECORD INDEXES

VOLUNTEER SERVICE RECORDS

  • M616, Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War, 41 rolls. This is for all states that raised volunteer organizations during the Mexican War, including the four listed immediately below.
  • Actual microfilmed service records, not indexes:

  • M1970, Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War in Organizations From the State of Arkansas, 12 rolls
  • M863, Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War in Organizations From the State of Mississippi, 9 rolls
  • M1028, Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War in Organizations From the State of Pennsylvania, 13 rolls
  • M638, Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War in Organizations From the State of Tennessee, 15 rolls
  • M278, Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War in Organizations From the State of Texas, 19 rolls
  • M351, Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War in Mormon Organizations, 3 rolls

REGULAR ARMY SERVICE RECORDS

  • M233, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798 - 1914, 81 rolls. Roll 21 covers enlistments from 1840 to June 1846. Roll 22 covers enlistments from July 1846 to October 1850. Roll 23, specifically identified as Mexican War enlistments, covers the period January 1846 to June 1849.

NAVY AND MARINE CORPS SERVICE RECORDS

  • M330, Abstracts of Service Records of Naval Officers ("Records of Officers"), 1796-1893, 19 rolls
  • T1098, Index to Rendezvous Reports, Before and After the Civil War (1846-1861, 1865-1884), 32 rolls. These rolls are in alphabetical order, listing the names of all men who enlisted in the Navy during the years 1846 to 1861 and 1865 to 1884.
  • T1118, Muster Rolls of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1789-1892, 123 rolls. Roll 45 covers the period Jan. 1846 - June 1846 and Roll 50 covers the period Jan. 1848 - July 1848

PENSION INDEXES

  • M1784, Index to Pension Application Files of Remarried Widows Based on SErvice in the War of 1812, Indian Wars, Mexican War and Regular Army Service Before 1861, 1 roll
  • T316, Old War Index to Pension Files, 1815 - 1926, 7 rolls
  • T317, Index to Mexican War Service Pension Files, 1887 - 1926, 14 rolls
  • T1196, Selected Pension Application Files relating to the Mormon Battalion, 21 rolls

BOUNTY LAND RECORDS

Currently, there is no printed or microfilmed index to Mexican War bounty land applications available outside the National Archives in Washington, D.C.


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