While World War I was considered the "War to End All Wars", the U.S. and almost every other country around the globe has been fighting for generations in various military conflicts, and the service records of those who fought in colonial times are just as important as the records of those who were part of much larger and more recent conflicts.
HERE is a list of the many pre-WWI military engagements.
Many Conflicts, Many Records
We work with people every day on Pre-WWI military records, and we can help you locate the right information about any of your ancestors. Military records come in a number of different forms, and they often involve key pieces of information. Here are the major types of records we often uncover:
- Muster Rolls and Enlistment Records: While these are sometimes called militia lists, these help put individuals together with their units. They often include the age of the individual as well as the names of men in certain regions.
- Compiled Service Records: These kinds of records are typically available for those who served in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Many service records were destroyed in fires that occurred in both 1800 and 1814. An attempt to recreate those records, though, started in 1894, and the Compiled Military Service record was born. They usually include the muster roll, any hospital or prison records, the payroll information, and enlistment or discharge documents.
- Unit Records: Understanding who went where is an essential part of tracking family history, and these types of records are quite helpful in that. They help track which units, or parts of units, moved to certain stations or engaged in particular activities. Unit records often detail where each unit was initially founded as well as which battles soldiers participated in and other events that are important to unit history.
- Pension Records: Primarily housed at the National Archives, the pension records of soldiers offer a wealth of information. They certainly include the pension payments to veterans and their widows (or other heirs), but they also include the application files, which tend to involve quite a bit of other paperwork in them. Sometimes you can find birth and death records, marriage certificates, and even pages from family Bibles. Moreover, you'll also typically find a service history including witness statements and discharge papers.
- Bounty Land Warrant Application Records: Between 1775 and March 3, 1855, if you served in a war, you were granted a land bounty from the government as a reward for your service. The documents in these files are often as rich as those in pension records, and those who were involved in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, or the Mexican War often have these records in their names.
Take a moment to browse the conflicts we handle research on below. Please note that prices are calculated on both the type of research as well as the level of research necessary to the request. Contact us today for a free quote, and we'll chat about the military records we may be able to find in your heritage.