Gaston County Public Library

Finding Soldiers of "Other Wars"

 

 

 

Beginning Your Research

Register of Enlistments in the US Army, 1798 – 1914.

National Archives Microfilm Publication M233 (81 rolls) contains a register of enlistments in the US Regular Army from 1798 – 1914. Data in these registers was compiled from a variety of other military records, including enlistment papers, muster rolls, and unit records. The records are usually one line extending across two scanned pages.

The Regular Army is comprised of career soldiers and maintained through peacetime. Therefore, this register will not usually include individuals who enlisted as part of a reserve or during wartime for limited periods of time, or in a military unit raised by a state. (When researching volunteers, start with the compiled military service records.)

The National Archives

Military personnel records are a valuable tool in genealogical research. Most veterans and their next-of-kin can obtain free copies of their DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) and other military and medical records. Limited information is releasable to the general public without the consent of the veteran or the next-of-kin. You are considered a member of the general public if you are asking about a veteran who is no relation to you, or a veteran who is a relative but you are not the next-of-kin. Next-of-kin is defined as the unremarried widow or widower, son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister of the deceased veteran.

Databases

The Ancestry Library Edition (only available in all Gaston County library branches) includes a number of databases relating to the War of 1812, Mexican War, Spanish-American War, Korean War, and Vietnam War.

Fold3 (available from home and in all library branches) includes US military records, stories, photos, and personal documents of those who served.
Go to: https://fold3library.proquest.com/barcode?accountid=11047 Log into Fold3 with your library card.

FamilySearch.org (available online for free) includes United States nationwide military databases and collections.
Go to: Familysearch.org

Other Resources

The War of 1812

North Carolina Soldiers
  • 929.1 NGS NCC. “Researching Volunteer Soldiers of the War 1812” by Claire Prechtel-Kluskens. NGS Magazine. Vol. 37 No. 1 (Jan. – Mar. 2011): Pages 36 – 41.
  • 929.1 NOR NCC. The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal. Vol. 39 No. 3 (Aug. 2013).
    • Feature Articles by Perrah Yarborough on the War of 1812:
      • "The War of 1812 and North Carolina"
      • "Researching State and Federal Records for the War of 1812"
      • "Deserters from North Carolina during the War of 1812"
  • 973.524 L NCC. North Carolina and the War of 1812 (pub. 1971) by Sarah McCulloh Lemmon.
  • 973.52456 L NCC. Frustrated Patriots: North Carolina and the War of 1812 (pub. 1973) by Sarah McCulloh Lemmon.
  • 973.52456 N NCC. Muster Rolls of the Soldiers of the War of 1812: Detached from the Militia of North Carolina in 1812 and 1814 by NC Adjutant General’s Dept.
Other Resources
  • A list of resources on the War of 1812 from the National Archives, including “War of 1812 Discharge Certificates and Miscellaneous Records Relating to the Discharge of Soldiers from the Regular Army, 1792-1815” M1856.
    Go to: http://www.archives.gov/research/military/war-of-1812/
  • FamilySearch.org
  • Fold3 has War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files (As of November 2016, this database is only 65% complete), “War of 1812 Service Records” and “War of 1812 Society Applications”                           
    Go to: https://fold3library.proquest.com/barcode?accountid=11047 Log into Fold3 with your library card
  • War of 1812 Pay Vouchers were issued for military service. When a voucher was redeemed, it was cancelled by punching a hole through it.
    Go to: http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16062coll7
  • The Ancestry Library Edition (only available in all Gaston County library branches) has "War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815" (name index), "War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815", "War of 1812 Papers, 1789-1815" (some searchable by name, others only searchable by browsing the images), "Pennsylvania, Volunteers in the War of 1812", "Pennsylvania, War of 1812 Pensions, 1866-1879", "Louisiana, Soldiers in the War of 1812", "Louisiana, War of 1812 Pension Lists", "Kentucky, Soldiers of the War of 1812", "War of 1812, Prisoner of War Records, 1812-1815", "New York, War of 1812 Payroll Abstracts for New York State Militia, 1812-1815", "New York, Military Equipment Claims, War of 1812".

Mexican War, 1846 – 1848

North Carolina Soldiers
Other Resources

Spanish-American War, 1898 April (22, 23, or 25) - 1898 December 10

Records of the Philippine American War (aka Philippine Insurrection), 1899 – 1902, are often found with those for the Spanish-American War. See this article for details:

North Carolina Soldiers
  • 973.894 S NCC. North Carolina’s Role in the Spanish-American War (pub. 1975) by Joseph F. Steelman.
  • 975.677 COP NCC. The County of Gaston: Two Centuries of a North Carolina Region by Robert F. Cope and Manly Wade Wellman.
    • A list of Gaston County Spanish-American War Soldiers is in Appendix E, pages 226 – 27.
  • Roster of the North Carolina Volunteers in the Spanish-American War, 1898 – 1899 (pub. 1900) by NC Adjutant General’s Dept.
    Available online at:
  • The Spanish American War Centennial Website provides a searchable listing of some North and South Carolina Military Personnel Rosters and Muster Rolls by Patrick McSherry.
    Go to: http://www.spanamwar.com/genealogy3roster.htm
Other Resources
  • A list of resources on the Spanish-American War from the National Archives.
    Go to: http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/military/spanish-american-war-and-philippine-insurrection.html
  • FamilySearch.org
  • Fold3 has “Spanish-American War Service Record Index” (full record can be requested from NARA) and “Spanish-American War Service Records – Florida” (searchable images)                                                           
    Go to: https://fold3library.proquest.com/barcode?accountid=11047 Log into Fold3 with your library card

Korean War, 1950 – 1953

Vietnam War, 1954 - 1975

  • Soldiers Who Died in the Vietnam War: Gaston County
    Go to: http://gastonlibrary.org/research/genealogy-local-history/military/soldiers-vietnam-war/
  • A list of resources on the Vietnam War from the National Archives.
    Go to: http://www.archives.gov/research/military/vietnam-war/
  • Virtual Wall’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial is searchable by wall panel, or by the state and city, military unit and last name of the soldier.
    Go to: http://www.virtualwall.org/
  • Wall-USA.com’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial is searchable for soldiers.
    Go to: http://thewall-usa.com/index.asp#search
  • FamilySearch.org
  • Fold3 has “Vietnam Service Awards”, Navy Muster Rolls, 1949-1971", “Navy Cruise Books, 1918-2009” (includes portraits, stories, photos, and biographies about sailors, officers, and events), “Photos” (Army, Marine Corps, Navy), and “The Vietnam Veterans Memorial” (every-name searchable image)                                                                                                 
    Go to: https://fold3library.proquest.com/barcode?accountid=11047 Log into Fold3 with your library card

Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Finding Soldiers of Other Wars: War of 1812, Mexican War, Spanish-American War, Korean War, Vietnam War
URL: http://gastonlibrary.org/research/genealogy-local-history/finding-soldiers-of-other-wars/
Revised: 21 December 2016