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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont_Military_Records|Military Records]]''  
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[[Image:402px-CW memorial Bennington VT.jpg|thumb|right|299x416px402px-CW memorial Bennington VT.jpg|Civil War Memorial, Bennington, Vermont]] __TOC__
  
 
Military records identify millions of young men who served in the military or who were eligible for service. Evidence that an ancestor actually served may be found in family traditions, census records, naturalization records, biographies, cemetery records, and records of veterans’ organizations. Military records can give birth dates, marriage dates, death dates, spouse and children names, localities of residence throughout the life of the family. Many military records are found at the Family History Library, the [http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives], and other federal and state archives.  
 
Military records identify millions of young men who served in the military or who were eligible for service. Evidence that an ancestor actually served may be found in family traditions, census records, naturalization records, biographies, cemetery records, and records of veterans’ organizations. Military records can give birth dates, marriage dates, death dates, spouse and children names, localities of residence throughout the life of the family. Many military records are found at the Family History Library, the [http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives], and other federal and state archives.  
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For each war listed below, additional federal sources are listed in [[United States Military Records]]. It contains search strategies and information to guide you to the best records for your objective.
  
 
=== Forts  ===
 
=== Forts  ===
  
Fort Dummerston,
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[[Image:Fortticonderoga inside.jpg|thumb|right|256x192px]]
  
[http://www.fort-ticonderoga.org/history/18th-century.htm Fort Ticonderoga] (Fort Carillon),  
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*[http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/fortdummer.htm Fort Dummer] - Brattleboro, Vermont
 
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*[http://www.fortticonderoga.org/ Fort Ticonderoga] - guards Lake Champlain
[http://www.plannersweb.com/publicbldgs/OTH-ColchesterVT.html Fort Ethan Allen ]1894-  
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*[http://www.plannersweb.com/publicbldgs/OTH-ColchesterVT.html Fort Ethan Allen] - Chittenden County, Vermont
 
 
For each war listed below, additional federal sources are listed in [[United States Military Records]]. It contains search strategies and information to guide you to the best records for your objective.
 
  
 
=== Colonial Wars  ===
 
=== Colonial Wars  ===
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"The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Vermont: First Year Book 1906" ([http://books.google.com/books?id=z3UOAQAAMAAJ Google Books]) lists members and abstracts of their claims for membership (genealogies) in the society. See pages 29-133.  
 
"The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Vermont: First Year Book 1906" ([http://books.google.com/books?id=z3UOAQAAMAAJ Google Books]) lists members and abstracts of their claims for membership (genealogies) in the society. See pages 29-133.  
  
:''See Also: [[New Hampshire Military Records#Colonial_Military_Records_.281600s.E2.80.931775.29|New Hampshire Military Records]] and [[New York Military Records#Colonial_Wars_.281664.E2.80.931775.29|New York Military Records]]''
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See also: [[New Hampshire Military Records#Colonial_Military_Records_.281600s.E2.80.931775.29|New Hampshire Military Records]] and [[New York Military Records#Colonial_Wars_.281664.E2.80.931775.29|New York Military Records]].
  
 
=== Revolutionary War (1775-1783)  ===
 
=== Revolutionary War (1775-1783)  ===
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Vermont was an independent republic from 1777 to 1791. It was not admitted as the 14th state until 1791. Nevertheless, Vermont militia served during the Revolutionary War and records are available in both federal and state records.
  
 
If a person supported the Revolution, he may be mentioned in records as a rebel, patriot, or Whig. Those who opposed the Revolution were Loyalists or Tories.  
 
If a person supported the Revolution, he may be mentioned in records as a rebel, patriot, or Whig. Those who opposed the Revolution were Loyalists or Tories.  
  
<u>'''Patriots'''</u>. Service and pension records and indexes for patriots are available on film at the National Archives and the Family History Library. See [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military Records]]&nbsp;for these sources. Sources including information specifically about Vermont soldiers are:  
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'''Patriots'''  
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Service and pension records and indexes for patriots are available on film at the National Archives and the Family History Library. See [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military Records]]&nbsp;for these sources. Sources including information specifically about Vermont soldiers are:  
  
 
*Fisher, Carleton Edward. ''Soldiers, Sailors, and Patriots of the Revolutionary War, Vermont''. Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1992. (Family History Library book {{FHL|550073|title-id|disp=974.3 M2f}}.) The book indicates the soldier’s birth date and place, residence, and company. It may also include the name of the spouse and death or burial date and place.
 
*Fisher, Carleton Edward. ''Soldiers, Sailors, and Patriots of the Revolutionary War, Vermont''. Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1992. (Family History Library book {{FHL|550073|title-id|disp=974.3 M2f}}.) The book indicates the soldier’s birth date and place, residence, and company. It may also include the name of the spouse and death or burial date and place.
  
*Goodrich, John E. ''Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783: The State of Vermont''. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle, 1904. (Family History Library {{FHL|254426|title-id|disp=book 974.3 M2g; film 896965; fiche 6046670}}.) These rolls consist largely of payrolls, pay-table orders, and receipts. Information varies but it generally indicates soldier’s name and rank, days in service, pay per day, miles, and total. It is arranged by year and then by unit. It is indexed by name.
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*Goodrich, John E. ''Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783: The State of Vermont''. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle, 1904. {{FHL|254426|item|disp=FHL book 974.3 M2g; film 896965; fiche 6046670}} Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/stateofvermontro00good#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive]. These rolls consist largely of payrolls, pay-table orders, and receipts. Information varies but it generally indicates soldier’s name and rank, days in service, pay per day, miles, and total. It is arranged by year and then by unit. It is indexed by name.
  
 
'''The 1835 Pension Roll'''  
 
'''The 1835 Pension Roll'''  
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*[http://books.google.com/books?id=l49HAQAAIAAJ Report from the Secretary of War... Vol. I] (Google Books)  
 
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=l49HAQAAIAAJ Report from the Secretary of War... Vol. I] (Google Books)  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48121 The Pension Roll of 1835, Vol. I]  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48121 The Pension Roll of 1835, Vol. I] - Ancestry ($)
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3225 Vermont Pensioners, 1835]
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3225 Vermont Pensioners, 1835] - Ancestry ($)
  
For burial records of Revolutionary War soldiers, see [[Vermont Cemeteries]].
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'''Loyalists'''
  
<u>'''Loyalists'''</u>. For Loyalist records, see the [[Canada Military Records]], and also:  
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For Loyalist records, see [[Canada Military Records]], and also:  
  
*Sequestration, Confiscation, and Sale of Estates, a 465 book described in the [[Vermont Land and Property]].
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*''Sequestration, Confiscation, and Sale of Estates. State Papers of Vermont, v.6.'' Montpelier, Vermont: Secretary of State, 1941. {{FHL|61998|item|disp=FHL book 973.6 B4s v.6; film 1321236, item 4}}. This source includes an index. During the Revolutionary War, many residents would not sign an Oath of Allegiance to the rebel government. Their lands and property were confiscated, and by 1778 many fled to Canada. In 1783, after the war, many returned to Vermont, decided to sign the Oath of Allegiance, and petitioned to have their property returned. This 465-page source lists their names, claims, and value.
  
*Burleigh, H.C. ''Sequestrations, Confiscations, and Sale of Estates. Toronto: United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada, 1970''. (Family History Library {{FHL|446891|title-id|disp=book 974.3 A1 no.55}}.) Most of the names on this 10-page list show only the Vermont town (court) where their property was confiscated. A few records mention their service to the British. These records were abstracted from records in Albany.
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*Burleigh, H.C. ''Sequestrations, Confiscations, and Sale of Estates. Toronto: United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada, 1970''. (Family History Library {{FHL|446891|title-id|disp=book 974.3 A1 no.55}}.) Most of the names on this 10-page list show only the Vermont town (court) where their property was confiscated. A few records mention their service to the British. These records were abstracted from records in the New York State Library.
  
 
=== War of 1812 (1812-1815)  ===
 
=== War of 1812 (1812-1815)  ===
  
The Family History Library has indexes to the federal service and pension files for the War of 1812. See [[United States Military Records]] for details and for sources not mentioned below.  
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The War of 1812 between Britain and the United States confirmed the separate existence of the United States and the future Canada.<br><br>See the Wiki article, [[Vermont in the War of 1812|Vermont in the War of 1812]], for information concerning military records, histories, links to relevant web sites, etc. for Vermont.<br>
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There are helpful nationwide records for soldiers of the War of 1812. For more information, see [[United States in the War of 1812|United States in the War of 1812]]''.''
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=== Mexican War (1846-1848)  ===
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The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided. <br>
  
For a published roster of soldiers, see:  
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*''Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926''. (NARA T317). {{FHL|0537000|item|disp=FHL films 0537000–13}} Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:<br>
  
Vermont. Adjutant General’s Office. ''Roster of Soldiers in the War of 1812–14''. St. Albans, Vermont: Messenger Press, 1933. (Family History Library {{FHL|259676|title-id|disp=book 974.3 M2vr; film 1421722, item 6}}.) This source lists each Vermont soldier’s name, unit, dates of service, and source of the information. Some entries give residence and rank, widow’s first name, and the pension certificate number.  
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:*{{RecordSearch|1979390|United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926}} (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. ([[United States, Index to Mexican War Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])<br>
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*Robarts, William Hugh. ''Mexican War Veterans&nbsp;: A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848…'' Washington, D.C.&nbsp;: Brentano’s, 1887. {{FHL|1854496|item|disp=FHL book 973 M2rwh}} Digital version available at [http://archive.org/details/mexicanwarvetera00roba Internet Archive].<br>
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Click on these links to learn more about the [[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848|Mexican War]] and about [[US Mexican War Pension Records|Mexican War pension records]]. <br>
  
 
=== Civil War (1861–1865)  ===
 
=== Civil War (1861–1865)  ===
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The [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors&nbsp;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.  
 
The [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors&nbsp;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 a Familysearch collection is found at:'''  
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'''Militia Records, 1861–1867'''  
  
*[[Vermont Enrolled Militia Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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Town clerks created lists of those men in the state of Vermont who were eligible to serve in the military.
  
=== Spanish-American War (1898–1899) ===
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*{{RecordSearch|1483040|''Vermont, Enrolled Militia Records, 1861-1867,''}} in FamilySearch's "Historical Records Collection." Indexes and images for the following counties: Addison, Bennington, Chittenden, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, and Rutland. For more information, see [[Vermont Enrolled Militia Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Vermont Enrolled Militia Records]].
  
Service and pension records are available at the National Archives. Indexes to these records are available at the Family History Library. See [[United States Military Records]] for these sources.  
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Also see:<br>
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*{{RecordSearch|1627819|''Vermont, Town Records, 1850-2005''}} in FamilySearch's "Historical Records Collection." For more information, see [[Vermont Town Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Vermont Town Records]].<br>
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=== Spanish-American War (1898)<br>  ===
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The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.  
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'''Indexes'''
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*{{RecordSearch|1919699|United States, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934}} (NARA T288). (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. The index covers veterans of the Civil War, '''Spanish‑American War,''' Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Rebellion (1900 to 1901), and the regular Army, Navy, and Marine forces. ([[United States, General Index to Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])
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*{{RecordSearch|1919583|United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898}} (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. ([[United States, Index to Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers in the War with Spain (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn more.]])
  
 
A published roster of soldiers is:  
 
A published roster of soldiers is:  
  
''Vermont in the Spanish-American War.'' Montpelier, Vermont: Herbert T. Johnson, 1929. (Family History Library {{FHL|275044|title-id|disp=book 974.3 M2vs; film 1320525, item 9}}.) This source is arranged by unit or branch of the service, then by name. It includes residence, birthplace, age, and enlistment date. Some entries indicate the soldier’s date of death, rank, and muster out date and place.  
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*''Vermont in the Spanish-American War.'' Montpelier, Vermont: Herbert T. Johnson, 1929. {{FHL|275044|item|disp=FHL book 974.3 M2vs; film 1320525, item 9}} Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/adh2510.0001.001.umich.edu#page/n3/mode/2up Internet Archive.] This source is arranged by unit or branch of the service, then by name. It includes residence, birthplace, age, and enlistment date. Some entries indicate the soldier’s date of death, rank, and muster out date and place.
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Click on the link to learn more about the [[Spanish-American War, 1898|Spanish American War]].
  
 
=== World War I (1917-1918)  ===
 
=== World War I (1917-1918)  ===
  
World War I draft registration cards for men ages 18–45 may list address, birth date, birthplace, race, nationality, citizenship, and next of kin. Not all registrants served in the war. For registration cards for Vermont, see:
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World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.  
  
United States. Selective Service System. ''Vermont, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918''. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987–88. (On 17 Family History Library films beginning with {{FHL|754899|title-id|disp=1984059}}.)  
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*United States. Selective Service System. ''Vermont, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918''. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987–88. (On 17 Family History Library films beginning with {{FHL|754899|title-id|disp=1984059}}) Also available at:
  
To find an person’s draft card, it helps to know his name and residence at the time of registration, since the cards are arranged alphabetically by county, within the county by draft board, and then alphabetically by surname. Counties may have had more than one draft board. Most counties had only one board, large cities had several.  
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:*{{RecordSearch|1968530|United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} (FamilySearch) - free
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[[United States World War I Draft Records|United States World War I Draft Records]] provides additional information.  
  
 
For a list of men and women in the military, see:  
 
For a list of men and women in the military, see:  
  
Vermont. Adjutant General’s Office. ''Roster of Vermont Men and Women in the Military and Naval Service of the United States and Allies in the World War, 1917–1919''. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle, 1927. (Family History Library book {{FHL|661891|title-id|disp=974.3 M2vav}}.) In addition to the name, this includes the soldier’s residence, town of birth, age, enlistment date, organization, and discharge date.  
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*Vermont. Adjutant General’s Office. ''Roster of Vermont Men and Women in the Military and Naval Service of the United States and Allies in the World War, 1917–1919''. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle, 1927. {{FHL|661891|item|disp=FHL book 974.3 M2vav}} {{WorldCat|4523241|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. In addition to the name, this includes the soldier’s residence, town of birth, age, enlistment date, organization, and discharge date.
  
 
=== World War II (1941-1945)  ===
 
=== World War II (1941-1945)  ===
  
For a list of Vermonters in all services, see:
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On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.  
 
 
Vermont. Adjutant General’s Office. ''Roster of Vermonters in Uniformed Service in the United States During the Second World War, 1941–1945''. 2 vols. Montpelier, Vermont: Adjutant General’s Office, 1972–74. (Family History Library book {{FHL|596575|title-id|disp=974.3 M2var}}.) This roster includes the name of the soldier, full date of birth, town of birth, residence, and dates of enlistment and separation from the service. For additions and changes, see:
 
  
Vermont. Adjutant General’s Office. ''Additions and Changes to the Roster of Vermonters, WWII, 1941–1945''. Montpelier, Vermont: Adjutant General’s Office, 1976?. (Family History Library book {{FHL|615325|title-id|disp=974.3 M2var supp}}.)  
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*{{RecordSearch|1339071|United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse)}} (FamilySearch) - free
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*{{RecordSearch|1861144|United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942}} (images with partial index) (FamilySearch) - free
  
=== Additional Records  ===
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:Also available at:<br>
  
Vermont maintained a soldiers home for veterans in Burlington, Vermont. Reports of Vermont Old Soldiers Home began about 1890. The Vermont Department of Libraries has copies of these reports in:  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 Ancestry] ($)
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*[http://www.fold3.com/title_765/wwii_old_mans_draft_registration_cards Fold3] ($).
  
Vermont. ''Old Soldiers Home. Reports.'' (State Library V362.8 V59re [Not at Family History Library].) The reports include the soldier’s name, unit, disability, marital status, literacy, and present status such as discharged, furloughed, or deceased. By 1912 personal information was no longer included. The report content varies.
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For a list of Vermonters in all services, see:  
 
 
More military records and sources can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:  
 
  
:VERMONT- MILITARY HISTORY
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*Vermont. Adjutant General’s Office. ''Roster of Vermonters in Uniformed Service in the United States During the Second World War, 1941–1945''. 2 vols. Montpelier, Vermont: Adjutant General’s Office, 1972–74. {{FHL|596575|item|disp=FHL book 974.3 M2var}} {{WorldCat|4005423|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. This roster includes the name of the soldier, full date of birth, town of birth, residence, and dates of enlistment and separation from the service. For additions and changes, see:
:VERMONT- MILITARY RECORDS
 
:VERMONT, [COUNTY], MILITARY RECORDS
 
:VERMONT, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- MILITARY RECORDS\
 
  
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:*Vermont. Adjutant General’s Office. ''Additions and Changes to the Roster of Vermonters, WWII, 1941–1945''. Montpelier, Vermont: Adjutant General’s Office, 1976?. (Family History Library book {{FHL|615325|title-id|disp=974.3 M2var supp}}.)
  
'''Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:'''
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[[World War II United States Military Records, 1941 to 1945|World War II United States Military Records]] provides additional information.
  
*[[Vermont Town Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Vermont Town Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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=== Korean War (1950–1953) ===
  
=== '''Web Sites'''  ===
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The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the [[United States Korean War 1950 to 1953|Korean War ]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.
  
*[http://www.bgs.state.vt.us/gsc/pubrec/referen/military.htm Public Military Records]
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=== Vietnam War (1964–1972)  ===
*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.com/~xander/vermont-records.htm Vermont Military Records]
 
  
=== References  ===
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The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the [[United States Vietnam War 1964 to 1972|Vietnam War]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.
  
''Vermont Research Outline.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.
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=== Web Sites  ===
  
:NOTE: All of the information from the original research outline has been imported into this Wiki site and is being updated as time permits.
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*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.com/~xander/vermont-records.htm Vermont Military Records] - Rootsweb
  
 
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{{Vermont2|Vermont}} {{State Military Records}}  
  
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Civil War Memorial, Bennington, Vermont

Military records identify millions of young men who served in the military or who were eligible for service. Evidence that an ancestor actually served may be found in family traditions, census records, naturalization records, biographies, cemetery records, and records of veterans’ organizations. Military records can give birth dates, marriage dates, death dates, spouse and children names, localities of residence throughout the life of the family. Many military records are found at the Family History Library, the National Archives, and other federal and state archives.

For each war listed below, additional federal sources are listed in United States Military Records. It contains search strategies and information to guide you to the best records for your objective.

Forts

Fortticonderoga inside.jpg

Colonial Wars

Vermont was originally disputed between the Province of New Hampshire and the Province of New York before declaring its independence from the two in 1777.

"The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Vermont: First Year Book 1906" (Google Books) lists members and abstracts of their claims for membership (genealogies) in the society. See pages 29-133.

See also: New Hampshire Military Records and New York Military Records.

Revolutionary War (1775-1783)

Vermont was an independent republic from 1777 to 1791. It was not admitted as the 14th state until 1791. Nevertheless, Vermont militia served during the Revolutionary War and records are available in both federal and state records.

If a person supported the Revolution, he may be mentioned in records as a rebel, patriot, or Whig. Those who opposed the Revolution were Loyalists or Tories.

Patriots

Service and pension records and indexes for patriots are available on film at the National Archives and the Family History Library. See U.S. Military Records for these sources. Sources including information specifically about Vermont soldiers are:

  • Fisher, Carleton Edward. Soldiers, Sailors, and Patriots of the Revolutionary War, Vermont. Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1992. (Family History Library book 974.3 M2f.) The book indicates the soldier’s birth date and place, residence, and company. It may also include the name of the spouse and death or burial date and place.
  • Goodrich, John E. Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783: The State of Vermont. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle, 1904. FHL book 974.3 M2g; film 896965; fiche 6046670 Digital version at Internet Archive. These rolls consist largely of payrolls, pay-table orders, and receipts. Information varies but it generally indicates soldier’s name and rank, days in service, pay per day, miles, and total. It is arranged by year and then by unit. It is indexed by name.

The 1835 Pension Roll

On June 5, 1834, the U.S. Senate required the Secretary of War to submit a statement showing the names of pensioners who were on the pension rolls or had previously been on the pension rolls. For more information on the 1835 Pension Roll see Revolutionary War Pension Records. The Pension Roll for Vermont is available online.

Loyalists

For Loyalist records, see Canada Military Records, and also:

  • Sequestration, Confiscation, and Sale of Estates. State Papers of Vermont, v.6. Montpelier, Vermont: Secretary of State, 1941. FHL book 973.6 B4s v.6; film 1321236, item 4. This source includes an index. During the Revolutionary War, many residents would not sign an Oath of Allegiance to the rebel government. Their lands and property were confiscated, and by 1778 many fled to Canada. In 1783, after the war, many returned to Vermont, decided to sign the Oath of Allegiance, and petitioned to have their property returned. This 465-page source lists their names, claims, and value.
  • Burleigh, H.C. Sequestrations, Confiscations, and Sale of Estates. Toronto: United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada, 1970. (Family History Library book 974.3 A1 no.55.) Most of the names on this 10-page list show only the Vermont town (court) where their property was confiscated. A few records mention their service to the British. These records were abstracted from records in the New York State Library.

War of 1812 (1812-1815)

The War of 1812 between Britain and the United States confirmed the separate existence of the United States and the future Canada.

See the Wiki article, Vermont in the War of 1812, for information concerning military records, histories, links to relevant web sites, etc. for Vermont.

There are helpful nationwide records for soldiers of the War of 1812. For more information, see United States in the War of 1812.

Mexican War (1846-1848)

The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided.

  • Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926. (NARA T317). FHL films 0537000–13 Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:
  • Robarts, William Hugh. Mexican War Veterans : A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848… Washington, D.C. : Brentano’s, 1887. FHL book 973 M2rwh Digital version available at Internet Archive.

Click on these links to learn more about the Mexican War and about Mexican War pension records.

Civil War (1861–1865)

Lieutenant-Commander George Dewey (later Admiral)
See Vermont in the Civil War for information about Vermont Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Vermont 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.

Militia Records, 1861–1867

Town clerks created lists of those men in the state of Vermont who were eligible to serve in the military.

Also see:

Spanish-American War (1898)

The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.

Indexes

A published roster of soldiers is:

  • Vermont in the Spanish-American War. Montpelier, Vermont: Herbert T. Johnson, 1929. FHL book 974.3 M2vs; film 1320525, item 9 Digital version at Internet Archive. This source is arranged by unit or branch of the service, then by name. It includes residence, birthplace, age, and enlistment date. Some entries indicate the soldier’s date of death, rank, and muster out date and place.

Click on the link to learn more about the Spanish American War.

World War I (1917-1918)

World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.

  • United States. Selective Service System. Vermont, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987–88. (On 17 Family History Library films beginning with 1984059) Also available at:

United States World War I Draft Records provides additional information.

For a list of men and women in the military, see:

  • Vermont. Adjutant General’s Office. Roster of Vermont Men and Women in the Military and Naval Service of the United States and Allies in the World War, 1917–1919. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle, 1927. FHL book 974.3 M2vav At various libraries (WorldCat). In addition to the name, this includes the soldier’s residence, town of birth, age, enlistment date, organization, and discharge date.

World War II (1941-1945)

On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.

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For a list of Vermonters in all services, see:

  • Vermont. Adjutant General’s Office. Roster of Vermonters in Uniformed Service in the United States During the Second World War, 1941–1945. 2 vols. Montpelier, Vermont: Adjutant General’s Office, 1972–74. FHL book 974.3 M2var At various libraries (WorldCat). This roster includes the name of the soldier, full date of birth, town of birth, residence, and dates of enlistment and separation from the service. For additions and changes, see:
  • Vermont. Adjutant General’s Office. Additions and Changes to the Roster of Vermonters, WWII, 1941–1945. Montpelier, Vermont: Adjutant General’s Office, 1976?. (Family History Library book 974.3 M2var supp.)

World War II United States Military Records provides additional information.

Korean War (1950–1953)

The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the Korean War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Vietnam War (1964–1972)

The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the Vietnam War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

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