Nevada Military Records
Many military records are available at the Family History Library, the National Archives, and other federal and state archives. See United States Military Records for more information about federal military records and search strategies. For Nevada the following sources are helpful:
Forts and Camps
- Fort Baker --1855 1858.
- Fort Carlin --1874-1888.
- Fort Churchill --1860-1869.
- Fort Halleck -- Textual records of this fort, 1864-1886, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920, under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
- Fort McDermitt -- Textual records of this fort, 1865-1889, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920, under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).
- Fort McGarry --1867-1868, an abandoned military post in northwestern Nevada, on todays Summit Lake Indian Reservation.
- Fort Ruby -- 1862-1869, History of the Fort
- Camp Winfield Scott --1866-1871.
- Las Vegas Mormon Fort
Encyclopedia of Indian Wars Western Battles and Skimishes 1850-1890. By Gregory F. Michno. Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula, Montana C. 2003. ISBN 0-87842-468-7
Civil War (1861-1865)Nevada in the Civil War for information about Nevada Civil War records, websites, etc. with links to articles about the Nevada regiments involved in the Civil War.
The regimental pages often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching more about the soldiers and their families.
The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor.
A wiki article describing an online FamilySearch collection is found at:
World War I (1917-1918)
- Biographical sketches of soldiers who lost their lives during the war are in Nevada's Golden Stars. Reno: Nevada Adjutant General's Office 1924; FHL film 1000195 item 2.
- United States. Selective Service System. Nevada, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987-1988. FHL film 1711534 (first of 7).
- These cards have been digitized and are searchable online. See WWI Draft Records for more information.
World War II (1941-1945)
The Nevada State Library and Archives has an excellent collection of military records, including:
- Muster rolls from the 1860's to 1902
- Nevada State Militia records beginning in 1865
- National Guard records
- Selective Service cards from World War I to the Vietnam War
- Nevada Research Outline. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001. (NOTE: All of the information from the original research outline has been imported into this Wiki site and is being updated as time permits.)