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=== Online Resources === [[U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] provides more links for nationwide military record collections. *'''1775-1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2068326|United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images*'''1775-1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images*{{RecordSearch|2068326|United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3100 Massachusetts Military Company History, Vol. 4], index *{{RecordSearch|1881492|Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1805-1845}}, images only.*{{RecordSearch|2303027|Maine & Massachusetts Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen 1837-1965}}, images only.*[http://bigelowsociety.com/rod/soldiers.htm Men and Officers who served in King Philips War] *[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mytree/King_Phillips_War.html? King Philips War]*[http://www.americanancestors.org/search/advanced-search/?database=Divided%20Hearts,%20Massachusetts%20Loyalists,%201765-1790&full=true Divided Hearts, Massachusetts Loyalists, 1765-1790], index*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7726 Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Images Online)] ($) *[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=31407 Regiments and armories of Massachusetts: an historical narration of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, Vols. 1-2] ($) *{{RecordSearch|1881492|Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1805-1845}}*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48195 Records of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia] ($) *[http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers.htm Massachusetts Civil War Soldiers Service Records] *[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3082 Massachusetts Army and Navy, 1861-1865] ($) *[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=31417 Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the War of 1861-1865] ($) *[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29987 Massachusetts soldiers, sailors, and marines in the Civil War], index *[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28893 Record of the Massachusetts volunteers, 1861-1865] ($) *[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=31406 Annual report of the Adjutant General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1863-1865], ($), index/images *[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1666 U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records for Massachusetts, 1863-1865] ($) *[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5070 Massachusetts Spanish American War Records] ($)*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482 U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards for Massachusetts, 1917-1918] ($)*'''1917-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|2968245|United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards for Massachusetts, 1942] ($) *[http://distantcousin.com/Military/Korea/MA/ Massachusetts Resident's Casualties in the Korean War], index *[http://www.archives.gov/research/military/korean-war/casualty-lists/ma-alpha.pdf U.S. Military Fatal Casualties of the Korean War for Massachusetts]*[http://distantcousin.com/Military/Vietnam/MA/ Massachusetts Residents' Casualties in the Vietnam War], index *[http://www.vietvet.org/statewall/mass/ma.htm The Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Massachusetts] *[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/united-states-massachusetts-index-of-casualties-world-war-ii United States, Massachusetts: Index Of Casualties, World War II] at Findmypast ($) - index| valign="top" width="21%" | <!-- 2nd column - blank --> | valign="top" width="50%" | <!-- MIDDLE column - ORP button --> |} __TOC__ === Forts ===
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Independence_(Massachusetts) Fort Adams] 1798-
Numerous records of [[Colonial Wars, 1607 to 1763|colonial wars]] have been published. The Family History Library has copies of most of them, including:
[[Image:362px-Minute Man Statue Lexington Massachusetts cropped.jpg|thumb|right|200x315px|<center>Minute Man Statue, Lexington, Massachusetts</center>]]
*Doreski, Carole. ''Massachusetts Officers and Soldiers in the Seventeenth Century Conflicts''. Boston, Massachusetts: ''The Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts and the New England Historic Genealogical Society'', 1982.{{FHL|84216|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 M24d}}
*Bodge, George M. ''Soldiers in King Philip's War''. Baltimore, Maryland.: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1991. {{FHL|186602|item|disp=FHL book 974 M2b}} A concise history of the Indian Wars of New England from 1620 to 1677. Contains lists of soldiers, stories of battles, copies of ancient documents relating to the King Philip's War, 1620–1677.
*"Register of the Massachusetts Society of the Colonial Dames of America, 1893-1917" ([http://books.google.com/books?id=yCcwAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA3#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books]) ([http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Register+of+the+Massachusetts+Society+of+the+Colonial+Dames+of+America Worldcat]) - lists women who are members of the society and a description of the ancestors military or political service.
[[Image:800px-The death of general warren at the battle of bunker hill.jpg|thumb|right|300x220px|<center>Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill</center>]]
=== Revolutionary War (1775-1783) ===
A man born between 1730 and 1765 who lived in Massachusetts is probably listed in some form of military record. If he supported the rebellion, he may be mentioned in records as a rebel, patriot, or Whig. Those who opposed the rebellion were Loyalists or Tories. For detailed records of the [[Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783|Revolutionary War]], see:
*'''1775-1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2548057|Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*''Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War''. 17 Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: Wright and Potter Printing, 1896-1908. {{FHL|213956|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 M23m}}; {{FHL|213956|item|disp=films 238343-59}} and {{FHL|213956|item|disp=FHL fiche 6046890}} Lists soldier's name, commander's name, county of enlistment, service dates, unit, age, and stature.
*White, Virgil D. ''Genealogical Abstracts of the Revolutionary War Pension Files''. Four Volumes. Waynesboro, Tennessee: National Historical Publishing, 1990. {{FHL|476517|disp=FHL book 973 M28g}} Includes names, dates, places, battles fought, and some personal and family information.
*''Index to Revolutionary War Service Records''. Four Volumes. Waynesboro, Tennessee: National Historical Publishing, 1995. {{FHL|745712|item|disp=FHL book 973 M22wv}} Shows the name, rank, and unit of over 390,000 patriots.
*Transcripts of: United States. Adjutant General's Office. ''General Index to Compiled Military Service Records of Revolutionary Ward Soldiers''. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1942. {{FHL|484382|item|disp=FHL films 882841-98}} The service records and pension files for Revolutionary War patriots are available at the Family History Library. For more information, see [[United States Military Records|United States Military Records]]. You can also use NATF Form 80 to obtain copies of the same records from the National Archives for a fee.
*'''1805 - 1845''' - {{RecordSearch|1881492|Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1805-1845}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
'''The 1813 Pension List: '''
*''Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926''. (NARA T317). {{FHL|0537000|item|disp=FHL films 0537000–13}} Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made. Also available at:<br>
:*{{RecordSearch|1979390|United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926}} (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. ([[United States, Index to Mexican War Pension Files (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn moreHow to use this collection.]])<br>
*Robarts, William Hugh. ''Mexican War Veterans&nbsp;: A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848…'' Washington, D.C.&nbsp;: Brentano’s, 1887. {{FHL|1854496|item|disp=FHL book 973 M2rwh}} Digital version available at [http://archive.org/details/mexicanwarvetera00roba Internet Archive].<br>
[[Image:{{Clara_Barton.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Clara Barton, The Angel of the Battlefield, nurse during the American Civil War}}]] See [[Massachusetts in the Civil War|Massachusetts in the Civil War]] for information about Massachusetts Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Massachusetts regiments involved in the Civil War. The regimental pages often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching the families of the soldiers.
The [httphttps://www.itd.nps.gov/cwsscivilwar/ soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System] allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a&nbsp;soldier was your ancestor.
=== Spanish-American War (1898)<br> ===
'''Indexes'''
*{{RecordSearch|1919699|United States, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934}} (NARA T288). (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. The index covers veterans of the Civil War, '''Spanish‑American War,''' Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Rebellion (1900 to 1901), and the regular Army, Navy, and Marine forces. ([[United States, General Index to Pension Files (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn moreHow to use this collection.]])
*{{RecordSearch|1919583|United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898}} (FamilySearch) Free digital copy. ([[United States, Index to Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers in the War with Spain (- FamilySearch Historical Records)|Learn moreHow to use this collection.]])
*Harry E. Webber, comp. "Twelve Months with the Eighth Massachusetts Infantry in the Service of the United States". Salem, MA. Newcomb and Gauss, Printers, 1908. ([http://books.google.com/books?id=cG8tAAAAYAAJ Google Books]) ([http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5070 Ancestry])-($)
=== World War I (1917-1918) ===
World War I was a global war fought on multiple continents with several nations involved. Over four million men and women served from the United States.  *[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/663337?availability=Family%20History%20Library Eden Putnam, comp. and ed. "Report of the Commission on Massachusetts' Part in the World War.'' 2 volumes. Boston: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1931. FHL 974.4 M2pe] *[https://archive.org/details/goldstarrecordof01mass Report of the Commission on Massachusetts' Part in the World War, volume I]*[https://archive.org/details/goldstarrecordof02mass Report of the Commission on Massachusetts' Part in the World War, volume II: the Gold Star Record]
*United States. Selective Service System. ''Massachusetts, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918''. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987–1988. {{FHL|746980|item|disp=FHL film 1684875 (first of 162 films)}} Also available *{{RecordSearch|1968530|United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} at[https:<br>//www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images*{{RecordSearch|2513098|United States, YMCA World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
:*{{RecordSearch|19685302996059|United States, World War One Draft Registration CardsI American Expeditionary Forces Deaths, 1917-19181919}} (at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch) - free] — index*[https://archive.org/details/reportofspecialc00mass/page/n1 ''Report of the special commission appointed to identify the graves of the men and women of Massachusetts who gave their country in France and in other foreign countries during the World War.'']*[https://archive.org/details/furtherreportofs00mass/page/n21 ''Further report of the special commission appointed to identify the graves of the men and women in Massachusetts who gave their lives for their country in France and elsewhere during the world war. March, 1922'']
See [[United States World War I Draft Records|WWI Draft Records]] for more information.
The Korean War was a conflict between North Korea (and its communist allies) and South Korea (with support of the United Nations, primarily the United States). See the [[United States Korean War 1950 to 1953|Korean War ]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.
=== Vietnam War (1964–1972) ===
The Vietnam War was a conflict between North Vietnam (and its communist allies) and South Vietnam (with support of its anti-communist allies, including the United States). See the [[United States Vietnam War 1964 to 1972|Vietnam War]] wiki article for information on records and their availability.
=== Web Sites Websites ===
*You can search several military databases at [http://www.footnote.com Footnote]&nbsp; ($)
*[http://www.mymassachusettsgenealogy.com/ma_records/military.htm My Massachusetts Genealogy]
*[http://www.massachusettsgenealogy.net/military.htm Massachusetts Military Records]<br>
*[http://www.massachusetts-genealogyldsgenealogy.com/Massachusetts-MA/Military-Records.cfm htm Massachusetts Genealogy--Military Records]
=== Further Research ===
Military muster rolls and other records are at the Massachusetts State Archives and the Adjutant General's Office. For Massachusetts the following sources are also very helpful: United States. Army.
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