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Access the records: United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815 .
Record Description[edit | edit source]
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.
|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.|
Record Content[edit | edit source]
The index includes the following information:
- Name of soldier
- Rank, position or job
- Military unit in which served
- State of enlistment
- References and notes
How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]
To search for your ancestors in the index it is helpful to know the following:
- Full names
- Approximate dates of service
Search the Collection[edit | edit source]
To search the collection by name:
Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches.
To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select "Surname 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. 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.
The following suggestions may help you in your search:
- 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.
Tips to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]
- 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.
- If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
Related Digital Books[edit | edit source]
- Kentucky Veterans of the War of 1812
- Massachusetts Militia Published Roster
- Maryland Roster of the War of 1812
- Ohio Soldiers of the War of 1812
- Pennsylvania Archives Series 2, Volume 12 Muster Rolls Soldiers of the War of 1812
- Vermont Soldiers of the War of 1812
Related Websites[edit | edit source]
- NARA Reference Report Volunteer Service during the War of 1812
- NARA Carded Records Showing Military Service Collection Description
- Genealogical Records of the War of 1812
- National Archives Military Resources: War of 1812
- National Archives War of 1812 Discharge Certificates
- National Society United States Daughters of 1812 Library
- National Society United States Daughters of 1812 Ancestor Database
- General Society War of 1812
- National Park Service Battle of New Orleans, American Muster and Troop Roster List
- Pennsylvania State Archives War of 1812 Index of Soldiers
- North Carolina State Library War of 1812 Pay Vouchers
Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]
- United States, Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- United States in the War of 1812
- US Military Service Records
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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.
- "United States, War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M602. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for United States, War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815.
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):