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Finding Soldiers of "Other Wars"

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. Originally published in 1851.
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 Application Files (As of September 2019, this database is only 76% complete), “War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815” (M313), “War of 1812 Service Records Index” (M602), “War of 1812 Military Bounty Land Warrants” (M848) and “War of 1812 Society Applications”                           
    Go to: https://fold3library.proquest.com/barcode?accountid=11047 Log into Fold3 with your library card
  • Go to National Archives for Pension files not currently available in digital form. According to Family Search, In order to obtain the original pension files you must contact the National Archives. National Archives' copies of military pension application files based on Federal (not State) service between 1775 and 1903 (before World War I) can be ordered by mail  (NATF Form 85) or ordered online.
  • North Carolina War of 1812 Pay Vouchers were issued for military service. When a voucher was redeemed, it was cancelled by punching a hole through it. Vouchers are for 31 North Carolina counties only.
    Go to: http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16062coll7
  • The Ancestry Library Edition (only available in all Gaston County library branches) has the following:
    • "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".

Pensions

  • FamilySearch.org
  • Fold3
    • War of 1812 Pension Application Files (As of January 2019, this database is only 74% complete), “War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815” (M313), “War of 1812 Military Bounty Land Warrants” (M848). 
      This series consists of approximately 180,000 pension and bounty land warrant application files relating to claims based on service between 1812 and 1815. The files generally contain documentation submitted in support of a claim, such as the original application form, affidavits, and statements from witnesses.                     
      Go to: https://fold3library.proquest.com/barcode?accountid=11047 Log into Fold3 with your library card
  • National Archives
    • Contact The National Archives for Pension files not currently available in digital form. According to Family Search, In order to obtain the original pension files you must contact the National Archives. National Archives' copies of military pension application files based on Federal (not State) service between 1775 and 1903 (before World War I) can be ordered by mail  (NATF Form 85) or ordered online.
      Go To: https://www.archives.gov/files/forms/pdf/natf-85.pdf
  • The Ancestry Library Edition (only available in all Gaston County library branches) has the following:
    • "War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815",
    • "Pennsylvania, War of 1812 Pensions, 1866-1879",
    • "Louisiana, War of 1812 Pension Lists".

Organizations

National Society United States Daughters of 1812's Ancestor Database contains over 40,000 records that have been officially verified by the Society. To protect the privacy of members, limited information is available to the public.
Go to: https://usdaughters1812.org/ancestor-database/

National Society United States Daughters of 1812 - Private Vincent Key Chapter (Gastonia)
Go to: https://usdaughters1812.org/sites/north-carolina/

Virginia Bicentennial of the American War of 1812 has biographies of prominent Virginian natives who played key roles in the War of 1812, interactive map to places of interest, and timeline of events.
Go to: http://va1812bicentennial.dls.virginia.gov/index.html

General Society of the War of 1812 "The objectives of the Society are the collection and preservation of rolls, records, books, and other documents relating to the War of 1812."
Go to: https://gswar1812.org/

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