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Genealogy: Military Records

This is the place to begin searching for your family roots

Military Websites

Requesting Military Records

Military records consist of service records, pension records, and bounty-land records.

Service Records for the years c.1775-1916 are available by submitting NATF Form 86 to:

National Archives and Records Administration,

Attn: NWCTB, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20408-0001.

 

Military Service Records for c.1917 to the present are available by submitting

form SF 180 to:

National Personnel Records Center,

1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63138

 Pension Records include veteran pensions as well as pension applications of widows. 

 Copies of military pension claims (1775-1916) can be requested by submitting

NATF Form 85 to NARA in Washington D.C.

 

Soldiers who sought land as a substitute for wages filed Bounty-Land Warrants.  

 To access bounty land warrant applications (1775-1855) submit form NATF Form 85 to

NARA in Washington D.C.

To request military forms, visit the NARA Website at:

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/index.html

Military Research at the National Archives: Pension Records

Military Research at the National Archives: Volunteer Service

Military Research at the National Archives: Regular Service