United States, War of 1812 Index to Service Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Index to Compiled Service Records
Record Group RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 -1984
Collection years 1812-1815
Microfilm Publication M602. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers who Serves During the War of 1812. 234 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetical by soldier name.
National Archives Identifier 654501
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What is in This Collection?

This is a consolidated index to the compiled military service records for soldiers who served in the War of 1812, located in the National Archives. The index is arranged in alphabetical order by surname.

The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and the British Empire, including Great Britain, Canada, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. The Treaty of Ghent, which became effective on February 18, 1815, ended the war. With the signing of the treaty the U.S. and Britain recognized the pre-war boundaries between the United States and Canada, and gave the United States fishing rights to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

This index covers records for the years 1812 to 1815. It was created as a rapid access to individuals who served during the War of 1812. These records are generally reliable.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Service

  • Name of soldier
  • Rank, position or job
  • Military unit in which served
  • State of enlistment
  • References and notes

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

To search for your ancestors in the index it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of the solider
  • The approximate dates of service
  • The state and county where the soldier resided

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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Select Surname Range

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 War of 1812 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. This information will often lead you to other records.

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

  • Use the regiment and state to locate other military records such as enlistment or pension records
  • Use the regiment and state to locate census, church, and land records
  • Compile a list of other personnel with the same surname. This is especially helpful if the surname is unusual
  • 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 another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • 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

Record Finder

Consult the United States Record Finder to search other records.

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M602. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
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