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Record Description[edit | edit source]

This collection contains images of muster rolls, payrolls, strength returns, and other personnel, pay, and supply records of the American Army during the Revolutionary War. The collection is arranged by type of service, military unit, and jacket or folder number. This collection is from Record Group 93, War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, and is National Archives Microfilm publication M246.

To identify state and military units, see the Revolutionary War Rolls Coverage Table.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Name of soldier
  • Rank, company and battalion
  • Term of service
  • If service was in the field
  • If in command
  • If sick
  • If in the hospital
  • If on furlough

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name
  • Residence

Search the Collection[edit | edit source]

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "NARA Roll Number, Type of Service, Jacket Number Range" 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.

Using the Information[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby military units.

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How You Can Contribute[edit | edit source]

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citations for This Collection[edit | edit source]

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, Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M246. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Services, 1980.

Image Citation

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783.