Nevada Military Records
The U.S. Military Records Research Outline provides more information on federal military records and search strategies.
Many military records are available at the Family History Library, the National Archives, and other federal and state archives. The United States Research Outline provides more information about the federal records.
Forts / Camps
Fort Baker--1855 1858
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
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
The Nevada State Library and Archiveshas 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
Civil War (1861-1865)
An index to service records of Union army volunteers is on Family History Library film 821939. The library also has the index to the pension applications. The service and pension records are available at the National Archives.
Civil War Pension Index Cards - A free Internet index to pension applications of veterans who served in the US Army between 1861-1917 is available on FamilySearch Record Search. Each card gives the soldier’s name, application and certificate numbers, state of enlistment, and might include rank and death information. Other wars, of that time period, may be included.
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; Family History Library film 1000195 item 2).
World War I draft registration cards for men age 18 to 45 may list address, birth date, birthplace, race, nationality, citizenship, and next of kin. Not all registrants served in the war. For registration cards for Nevada, see:
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. (Family History Library films beginning with 1711534.)
To find an individual's draft card, it helps to know his name and residence at the time of registration. The cards are arranged alphabetically by county, within the county by draft board, and then alphabetically by surname within each draft board.
Most counties had only one board; large cities had several. A map showing the boundaries of individual draft boards is available for most large cities. Finding an ancestor's street address in a city directory will help you in using the draft board map. There is an alphabetical list of cities that are on the map. For a copy of this map see:
United States. Selective Service System. List of World War One Draft Board Maps. Washington, DC: National Archives. (Family History Library film 1498803.)
The WWI Draft Registration Cards are online at www.ancestry.com which is a subscription website.
Nevada Research Outline. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.