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Record Description
Record Type Compiled Service Records (Card Abstracts)
Record Group RG 93: War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records,1709-1939
Collection years 1775-1784
Microfilm Publication M881. Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War. 1097 rolls.
Arrangement Arranged by Continental Troops then by state, by organization and alphabetically by name.
National Archives Identifier 570910
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What is in This Collection?

Index to compiled service records of soldiers who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The collection corresponds to the National Archives and Records Administration publication M881 and is part of Record Group 93 War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records. Each envelope/jacket contains information and cross references to original records relating to the soldier. The compiled service records are abstracts from original muster rolls and pay rolls and other records from the Revolutionary War from the following National Archives collections.

  • Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783, M246, 138 rolls
  • Numbered Record Books Concerning Military Operations and Service, Pay, and Settlement of Accounts, and Supplies in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, M853, 41 rolls
  • Volumes used in creation the compiled service records
  • 1-11: Lists of Continental and State Troops and Militia. 1775-83
  • 1: List of Connecticut Troops, 1776-83
  • 2: List of Delaware Troops, 1776-83
  • 3: List of Massachusetts Troops, 1776-83
  • 4: List of New Jersey Troops, 1775-80
  • 5: List of New York Troops, 1776-83
  • 6: List of North Carolina Troops, 1776-83
  • 7: List of Pennsylvania Troops, 1776-83
  • 8: List of Rhode Island Troops, 1776-83
  • 9: List of South Carolina Troops, 1776-83
  • 10: List of Officers and Men of Col. Moses Hazen's 2d Canadian Regiment, Col. Benjmain Flower's Artificer Regiment, and Col. Jeduthan Baldwin's Artificer Regiment, 1776-83
  • 11: List of Officers and Men of Sheldon's and Moylan's Dragoons and Lee's Legion, 1776-83
  • 136 1/2: Ledger of Money Accounts with Officers of the North Carolina Line, 1777-83
  • 139: Account Book of Payments made to Officers and Men of the Virginia Line by Lt. Charles Stockley, 1782-83
  • 142: Record of Disbursements, Paymaster General's Office, New York, 1788
  • 143: Paymaster General's Ledger of Accounts with Officers of the Army, 1775-78
  • 145: Receipt Book of George Reid, Assistant Commissioner of Army Accounts, Charleston, S.C. Apr. 1785-Jan. 1786
  • 147 1/2: Receipt Book of John White, Assistant Commissioner of Amry Accounts, Annapolis, MD. Aug.-Nov. 1785 and Mar. 1786
  • 170: Paymaster General's Record of Money Due to Officers and Men of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire Regiments, and to Capt. Robert Walker's Company of Col. John Lamb's Artillery Regiment, 1776-83
  • 171-172: Records of Settlement of Pennsylvania Officers, and Men's Accounts. Sept. 21, 1818
  • 173: List of Pennsylvania Officers and Men Entitled to Donation Lands, Feb. 27, 1830
  • 175-176: Records of Pay and Service of Officers and Men of Virginia,New York, and Georgia, 1775-1856

See also Claire Prechtel-Kluskens. " Dig Deeper into Less Well Known Revolutionary War Records. " NGS Magazine 35 #2 ( April-June 2009): 52-55.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Service

  • Name of soldier
  • Rank, regiment and commanding officer
  • State from which served
  • Date of commission or enlistment
  • Term of enlistment
  • Pay records
  • Type of records in file
  • NARA publication number, title, and roll number

Collection Content

Sample of indexed information:

John Smith United States Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records
Name John Smith
Event Type Military Service
State Continental Troops
Military Regiment Commander In Chief's Guard
Affiliate Film Number 0153

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The state where your ancestor served
  • The date of your ancestor enlisted

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

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What Do I Do Next?

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

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
  • Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit
  • 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?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Search the records of nearby military units
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned

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"United States Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records, 1775-1783." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War." Database. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. Citing NARA microfilm publication M881. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1976.
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