United States Index to Service Records, War with Spain (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Index to Service Records
Record Group RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office
Collection years 1898
Microfilm Publication M871. General Index to Compiled Service records of Volunteer Soldiers who Served During the War with Spain. 126 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 654543
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What is in This Collection?

This is an index for the year 1898 to the compiled military service records of volunteer soldiers who served during the War with Spain. The service files are located in the National Archives and have not been filmed with the exception of Florida. The index is in alphabetical order.

Interest in the Spanish-American War is increasing. The number of participants was small compared to the number who served in the Civil War and World War II. The smaller numbers are in part due to the short length of the Spanish-American War, which ended before many soldiers had even been transported to the war zone. But for the many Americans whose families came to the United States during the mass immigrations of the 1880s and 1890s, the Spanish-American War records are the first military records they can research.

Pension records were carefully compiled on grounds of injury, illness, or disability (and later on age) and often included:

  • Application forms
  • Branch of service
  • Rank
  • Military organization
  • Proof of marriage
  • Proof of children's births
  • Summary of military service
  • Death certificates

Service records document an individual’s involvement with the military and can be used for proving military service, or as a valuable tool in genealogical research.

Records from the Spanish-American War are generally much more descriptive, complete, and accurate than those from earlier wars. Name spelling became more uniform and literacy more common. These improvements make it easier to locate birth dates, family members, and other important genealogical information.

To Browse This Collection

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

Service records may include the following information:

  • Soldier's name
  • Rank and military unit
  • Date of entry into service
  • Separation by discharge, desertion, or death
  • Film number
  • Digital image numbers
  • Surname range

Service records may also state:

  • Age
  • Place of birth
  • Residence at time of enlistment

Entries that refer to miscellaneous personal papers have no corresponding compiled service records. The papers themselves follow the jacket envelopes for most units. See the FamilySearch Catalog for complete information on film numbers.

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How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The state and county were your ancestor lived.
  • The approximate age and birth place of your ancestor.
  • The dates of service in the military.

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor in the Index to Service Records, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family; it will often lead you to other records.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or cemetery records.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

I Can't Find the Person I"m Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of regular army enlistments.
  • Search in the the General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

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Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Adjutant General's Office. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

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