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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.)

  • United States, Registers of Enlistments in the U. S. Army, 1798 - 1914
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  • “Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914"
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  • "U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914" in Ancestry Library Edition. (available in all library branches).
The National Archives

Military records from 1917 - present are held in the: National Military Personnel Records Center St. Louis, Missouri.

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.


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: Log into Fold3 with your library card. (available online for free) includes United States nationwide military databases and collections.
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Other Resources


Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Finding Soldiers of Other Wars: War of 1812, Mexican War, Spanish-American War, Korean War, Vietnam War
Revised: 10 January 2018

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