United States, Indexes to Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During Indian Wars and Disturbance (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Military
Collection years 1815-1858
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National Archives and Records Administration



What Is in the Collection?

This collection includes National Archive film indexes to compiled military service records for volunteer soldiers who served during the Indian Wars and Disturbances from 1815-1858. It includes individual states indexes for Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, and Tennessee for the Cherokee Removal, Creek War, Florida War, Patriot War, and the War of 1837-1838. These indexes are part of RG 94 Records of the Adjutant General's Office.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

These records may contain the following information:

  • Soldier’s name
  • Soldier’s rank and unit
  • Name of the war or disturbance

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • The name of the soldier.
  • The unit of service.
  • The rank of the soldier.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page (Hyperlink to browse) :
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "War or Disturbance"
⇒Select the appropriate "State name or surname range (NARA publication number)" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. 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.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s service record, 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.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the information in the index to obtain a copy of the soldier's full military record from the National Archives.
  • Use the soldier's name 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.

I Can't Find Who 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.


Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"United States, Indexes to Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During Indian Wars and Disturbances, 1815-1858." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA RG 94. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

Image citation:

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.


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