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Record Description
Record Type Muster Rolls
Record Group RG 127: Record of the United States Marine Corps. NAID 546
Collection years 1798-1937
Microfilm Publication T1118. Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps, 1798-1892. 123 rolls.
  T977. Muster Rolls of Officers and Enlisted Men of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1893-1940. 461 rolls.
Arrangement Chronologically by month, by detachment.
National Archives Identifier 922159
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes records from 1798-1937.

This collection consists of an index and images of muster rolls of the United States Marine Corps located at the National Archives. The records are arranged chronologically by month, then by post, station or ship, and are part of Record Group 127 Records of the U.S. Marine Corps The muster rolls are from two National Archive microfilm publications, T1118 (1798-1892, 123 rolls) and T977 (1893-1940, 460 rolls). The muster rolls from T1118, 1798 -1892 have been indexed. Only those rolls from T977,1893-1940 listed below have been indexed.

The following rolls and dates from T977,1893-1940 have been indexed.:

  • roll 46 Sept-Oct 1905
  • rolls 87-99 Sept 1912-Dec 1913
  • rolls 122-123 May -Jun 1917
  • roll 133 Feb 1918
  • rolls 135- 160 Mar 1918 -Jan 1919 - World War I
  • rolls 163-180 Feb 1919-Sept 1919
  • rolls 282- 400 Mar 1928-Mar 1937

The browse collection for the two publications are arranged by roll number. Images for the following rolls from T977,1893-1940 are not available in this publication.

  • roll 2 Jul-Dec 1893
  • rolls 100-121 Jan 1914-Apr 1917
  • rolls 124-132 Jun 1917-Jan 1918
  • roll 134 Feb 1918
  • rolls 161-162 Feb 1919
  • rolls 181-186 Oct 1919-Mar 1920
  • rolls 401-460 Apr 1937-Dec 1940

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Muster Rolls

  • Name of officer or enlisted man
  • Rank and unit in which served
  • Date of enlistment
  • Date of re-enlistment
  • Name of ship
  • Notes regarding promotions, transfers, physical description, etc.
  • Injuries or illness and type of treatment
  • Date of death or discharge
  • Date of desertion
  • Date of apprehension
  • Date of court martial
  • Sentence of court-martial

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

The Continental Marines were founded in 1775 to aid the original 13 colonies in their fight for independence. The Marine Corps was created in 1798. It was part of the Navy Department from 1834 until 1952, when it became a distinct branch of the military.

During the Civil War, muster rolls grew to include personal information including:

  • Nativity (state or country)
  • Date and place joined
  • Age when enlisted
  • Date and place mustered in
  • Place and date mustered out

Records of Marine Corps soldiers and officers are available at the National Archives in Record Group 127 for the years 1798 to 1904.

Muster rolls were used to record an idividual's service and pay. These records are generally accurate.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate dates of service
  • The vessel your ancestor served on

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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

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  2. Select Roll number, year, month range to view the images.

Tip to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]

  • Allow for variations of physical descriptions since officers enlisting marines did not use measuring devices and standard lighting was not used. General trends will show through multiples enlistments

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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