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Many military records are at the Family History Library, the National Archives, and other federal and state archives. [[United States Military Records]] provides more information on federal military records and search strategies. The following sources for Michigan are also helpful: <br><br>[[Image:{{FortMackinacPic}}]]  
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Many military records are at the Family History Library, the National Archives, and other federal and state archives. [[United States Military Records]] provides more information on federal military records and search strategies. The following sources for Michigan are also helpful: <br><br>
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=== Online Resources ===
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*{{RecordSearch|1880762|U.S., Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914}} Index and images.
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*[http://michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan/0,2351,7-160-18635_47283---,00.html Indexes to Michigan Society, Sons of the American Revolution Collection]
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4465 Michigan Military Records, 1775-1836] Index only ($)
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*[http://habitantheritage.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/Michigan_Militia_Members_Serving_in_the_War_of_1812_-_part_1.143190851.pdf Michigan Militia Members Serving in the War of 1812 – Part 1], index, [http://habitantheritage.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/Michigan_Militia_-_part_2_-_final.143190925.pdf Part 2], index
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*[http://seekingmichigan.org/discover/civil-war-volunteer-registries Civil War Volunteer Registries], index
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*[http://seekingmichigan.org/discover/civil-war-service-records Civil War Service Records], index
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*[http://seekingmichigan.org/about/indexes/civil-war-principals-and-substitute-list Civil War Principals and Substitutes Index for Michigan] Search Digital Archive - Advanced Search.
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*{{RecordSearch|2351035|Michigan, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1876-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*[http://www.suvcwmi.org/gar/members.php Department of Michigan Civil War Grand Army of the Republic Membership Rosters.]
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18555 Record of service of Michigan volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865]($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29835 Negroes in Michigan during the Civil War]($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7744 Michigan in the Civil War ], index, images
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18447 Michigan in the war], index, images
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*{{RecordSearch|1919583|U.S. Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898}}.
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*[http://seekingmichigan.org/about/indexes/spanish-american-war-medal-recipients Seeking Michigan Spanish American War: Medal Recipients]
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=20048 Michigan men in the Spanish American War] ($)
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*[http://seekingmichigan.org/about/indexes/world-war-i-guest-register Seeking Michigan World War I Guest Register].
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*'''1917-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|2968245|United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/data/worldwartwo.php?ccsForm=ww3 World War II Casualties (Army and Air Force)] (incomplete)
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/michigan.html National Archives World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from: Michigan].
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23835 Michigan casualties, World War], ($), index/images
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/military/korean-war/casualty-lists/mi-alpha.pdf U.S. Military Fatal Casualties of the Korean War for Michigan], index
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*[http://www.vietvet.org/statewall/mich/mi.htm The Vietnam Veterans Memorial] - Michigan
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=== General Information  ===
  
 
*''Michigan’s Early Military Forces: A Roster And History Of Troops Activated Prior To The American Civil War'', by Leroy Barnett, 2003.  
 
*''Michigan’s Early Military Forces: A Roster And History Of Troops Activated Prior To The American Civil War'', by Leroy Barnett, 2003.  
 
*''Military Genealogical Sources'', by John W. Heisey.  
 
*''Military Genealogical Sources'', by John W. Heisey.  
 
*''Searching American Military Records'', by Fran Carter.  
 
*''Searching American Military Records'', by Fran Carter.  
*''Some of the Military Records of America, Before 1900; Their Use &amp; Value in Genealogical &amp; Historical Research'', by E. Kay Kirkham.<br><br>
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*''Some of the Military Records of America, Before 1900; Their Use &amp; Value in Genealogical &amp; Historical Research'', by E. Kay Kirkham.  
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*[http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/0,1607,7-126-2360_3003_3009---,00.html Michigan in war]
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*[http://www.envisionthepast.com/michigan-war-military/ Military History][http://www.envisionthepast.com/michigan-war-military/ <br><br>]
  
==== Forts  ====
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=== Forts  ===
  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Brady Fort Brady ]-- Textual records of this fort, 1869-1919, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in *[http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Brady Fort Brady ]-- Textual records of this fort, 1869-1919, including registers, reports, and correspondence, are in the National Archives and are described in *[http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/393.html Records of United States Army, Continental Commands, 1821-1920], under the section entitled Records of Posts, 1820-1940 (Record Group 393.7).  
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*[http://www.mightymac.org/michilimackinac.htm Fort Michilimackinac]  
 
*[http://www.mightymac.org/michilimackinac.htm Fort Michilimackinac]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Pitt_(Pennsylvania) Fort Pitt]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Pitt_(Pennsylvania) Fort Pitt]  
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_St._Joseph_(Niles,_Michigan) Fort St. Joseph]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_St._Joseph_(Niles,_Michigan) Fort St. Joseph]
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*[http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/0,1607,7-126-2360_3003_3009---,00.html Military Museums &amp; Forts]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Custer_Training_Center Fort Custer Training Center]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_military_installations_in_Michigan Military Institutions]
  
 
=== Revolutionary War (1775 to 1783)  ===
 
=== Revolutionary War (1775 to 1783)  ===
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=== War of 1812 (1812-1815)  ===
 
=== War of 1812 (1812-1815)  ===
  
The War of 1812 between Britain and the United States confirmed the separate existence of the United States and the future Canada.<br><br> See the Wiki article, [[Michigan Territory in the War of 1812|Michigan in the War of 1812]], for information concerning military records, histories, links to relevant web sites, etc. for Michigan Territory.<br>
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The War of 1812 between Britain and the United States confirmed the separate existence of the United States and the future Canada.<br><br> See the Wiki article, [[Michigan Territory in the War of 1812|Michigan in the War of 1812]], for information concerning military records, histories, links to relevant web sites, etc. for Michigan Territory.  
  
 
There are helpful nationwide records for soldiers of the War of 1812. For more information, see [[United States in the War of 1812|United States in the War of 1812]]''.'' <br>  
 
There are helpful nationwide records for soldiers of the War of 1812. For more information, see [[United States in the War of 1812|United States in the War of 1812]]''.'' <br>  
  
===== General information<br> =====
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=== General information  ===
  
 
*[http://habitantheritage.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/Brief_Bibliography_for_the_War_of_1812.43184644.pdf Brief Bibliography for the War of 1812 in Michigan and Southwest Ontario]<br>
 
*[http://habitantheritage.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/Brief_Bibliography_for_the_War_of_1812.43184644.pdf Brief Bibliography for the War of 1812 in Michigan and Southwest Ontario]<br>
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*Detroit In The War Of 1812. A.B. Vorderstrasse.  
 
*Detroit In The War Of 1812. A.B. Vorderstrasse.  
 
*Hull And The Surrender Of Detroit, J.F. Clarke, 1913, Boston.  
 
*Hull And The Surrender Of Detroit, J.F. Clarke, 1913, Boston.  
*Michigan In The War Of 1812 By Fred C. Hamil. <br><br>
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*Michigan In The War Of 1812 By Fred C. Hamil.  
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Frenchtown Battle of Frenchtown]
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*Invaded on all Sides, by Ralph Naveaux, 2008, Marceline, MO
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*[https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015071545134;view=1up;seq=1 Michigan's brigade], by Lieut. Fred'k J. Brown, Muskegon Pub. Co., 1893.
  
 
=== Indian Wars (1780s-1890s)  ===
 
=== Indian Wars (1780s-1890s)  ===
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*''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>
 
*''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 more.]])<br>
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:*{{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 more.]])<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>  
 
*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>  
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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 more about the soldiers and their families. <br>  
 
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 more about the soldiers and their families. <br>  
  
The [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ 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 soldier was your ancestor.  
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The [https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/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 soldier was your ancestor.  
  
===== General information -<br> =====
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=== General information  ===
  
 
*''Civil War Genealogy'', by George K. Schweitzer.  
 
*''Civil War Genealogy'', by George K. Schweitzer.  
*''Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor'', by Bertram H. Groene. <br><br>
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*''Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor'', by Bertram H. Groene.  
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*[http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-civil-war#stream/0 Report<br>]<br>
  
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=== Michigan material   ===
  
 
*''Records of Service of Michigan Volunteers (1861 1865)'', 45 Vols. by Adjutant General.
 
*''Records of Service of Michigan Volunteers (1861 1865)'', 45 Vols. by Adjutant General.
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*[http://www.suvcwmi.org/gar/GARRecFnd.pdf GAR]  
 
*[http://www.suvcwmi.org/gar/GARRecFnd.pdf GAR]  
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/MichiganCivilWar/ Facebook]  
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/MichiganCivilWar/ Facebook]  
*[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXCsWndc3Tw 1894 census]
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*[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXCsWndc3Tw 1894 census]  
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_in_the_American_Civil_War Wikipedia]
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*{{RecordSearch|3246416|Michigan, Civil War Centennial Observance Commission, Committee on Civil War Grave Registration, Burial Records}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
===== For Michigan Native Americans in the Civil War see:<br> =====
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=== For Michigan Native Americans in the Civil War see:  ===
  
*https://www.facebook.com/groups/1543062885930125/<br>
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/1543062885930125/ Facebook Website]<br>
  
=== Spanish-American War (1898)<br> ===
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=== Spanish-American War (1898)  ===
  
 
The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.  
 
The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.  
  
*Muster out rolls of Michigan volunteers are in: Michigan. Adjutant General's Office. ''Michigan Volunteers, Spanish American War, 1898–1899'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973.) (On 5 Family History Library films.) Indexed. Lists name, enlistment date, by whom enlisted, and discharge date.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/339768?availability=Family%20History%20Library Muster out rolls of Michigan volunteers are in: Michigan. Adjutant General's Office. ''Michigan Volunteers, Spanish American War, 1898–1899'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973.) (On 5 Family History Library films.) Indexed. Lists name, enlistment date, by whom enlisted, and discharge date.]
  
 
'''Indexes'''  
 
'''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 more.]])
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*{{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 more.]])
  
*{{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 more.]])
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*{{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 more.]])
  
 
*''United Spanish War Veterans Camp Index, ca. 1890–1984'' {{FHL|503245|item|disp= FHL film 1765853–54, 1766000–6003}}
 
*''United Spanish War Veterans Camp Index, ca. 1890–1984'' {{FHL|503245|item|disp= FHL film 1765853–54, 1766000–6003}}
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=20048 Michigan men in the Spanish American War] (Ancestry) ($)
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=20048 Michigan men in the Spanish American War] (Ancestry) ($)
  
Click on the link to learn more about the [[Spanish-American War, 1898|Spanish American War]].  
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Click on the link to learn more about the [[Spanish-American War, 1898|Spanish American War]].
  
=== World War I (1917-1918) ===
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=== 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.  
 
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.  
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*United States. Selective Service System. ''Michigan, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918'', M1509. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1987–1988. {{FHL|746981|item|disp=FHL film 1675112 (first of 217 film)}} Also available at:<br>
 
*United States. Selective Service System. ''Michigan, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918'', M1509. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1987–1988. {{FHL|746981|item|disp=FHL film 1675112 (first of 217 film)}} Also available at:<br>
  
:*{{RecordSearch|1968530|United States, World War One Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} (FamilySearch) - free
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*{{RecordSearch|1968530|United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*{{RecordSearch|2513098|United States, YMCA World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*{{RecordSearch|2996059|United States, World War I American Expeditionary Forces Deaths, 1917-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*{{RecordSearch|3007553|Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
See [[United States World War I Draft Records|WWI Draft Records]] for more information.  
 
See [[United States World War I Draft Records|WWI Draft Records]] for more information.  
  
''World War I Card Index for Michigan''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. (Family History Library {{FHL|434638|title-id|disp=films 1001930–66}}.) Often has places of residence and parents' names. Appears to be drafted persons only.  
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/10454632 Camp Custer,Michigan, 7.18.1917-8.17.1940 Training Camp]
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*''World War I Card Index for Michigan''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. (Family History Library {{FHL|434638|title-id|disp=films 1001930–66}}.) Often has places of residence and parents' names. Appears to be drafted persons only.
  
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'''Archives of Michigan'''
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*Census of World War I Veterans, 1918-1921, 375 vols, RG 78-92
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*Victory Medal Applications, 1920 - 1924, 17 boxes, RG 85-78
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*World War I Bonus Files, 1921-1932,173 boxes, RG 84-107
  
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=== Photos &nbsp;  ===
  
 
[https://archive.org/details/soldiersgreatwa00doylgoogv Soldiers Great War]  
 
[https://archive.org/details/soldiersgreatwa00doylgoogv Soldiers Great War]  
  
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=== World War II (1941-1945)  ===
 
=== World War II (1941-1945)  ===
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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.  
 
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)  ===
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== 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.  
 
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.  
  
=== &nbsp;Additional Records  ===
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=== Additional Records  ===
 
 
*Military service records are also found in the office of each county auditor and county recorder. The Family History Library has microfilms of discharge papers, dating from the Civil War to 1920 for several counties in Michigan.
 
  
*Many more useful sources are listed in the Family History Library [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search Catalog] under:
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Many more useful sources are listed in the Family History Library [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search Catalog] under:  
  
 
:MICHIGAN - MILITARY RECORDS  
 
:MICHIGAN - MILITARY RECORDS  
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:MICHIGAN - MILITARY HISTORY - [WAR]
 
:MICHIGAN - MILITARY HISTORY - [WAR]
  
=== Web Sites ===
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=== Michigan National Guard  ===
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*[http://minationalguard.com/ The National Guard]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_National_Guard Wikipedia]
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*[http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/0,1607,7-126-2364---,00.html Department of Military &amp; Veterans Affairs<br>]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/michguard/ Facebook]
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=== Websites ===
  
 
Online Military information from Michigan is located at:  
 
Online Military information from Michigan is located at:  
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*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.com/~xander/michigan-records.htm Michigan Military Records]  
 
*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.com/~xander/michigan-records.htm Michigan Military Records]  
 
*[http://www.familymilitaryrecords.com/state.asp?state=MI FamilyMilitaryRecords.com]  
 
*[http://www.familymilitaryrecords.com/state.asp?state=MI FamilyMilitaryRecords.com]  
*[http://www.michigan.gov/ Michigan.gov]
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*[http://www.michigan.gov/ Michigan.gov The French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan]
  
 
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{{Michigan|Michigan}} {{State Military Records}}  
 
{{Michigan|Michigan}} {{State Military Records}}  
  
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see also: http://www.habitantheritage.org/french-canadian_resources/military<br>  
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see also: [http://www.habitantheritage.org/french-canadian_resources/military The French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan]<br>  
  
 
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Many military records are at the Family History Library, the National Archives, and other federal and state archives. United States Military Records provides more information on federal military records and search strategies. The following sources for Michigan are also helpful:

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

General Information[edit | edit source]

  • Michigan’s Early Military Forces: A Roster And History Of Troops Activated Prior To The American Civil War, by Leroy Barnett, 2003.
  • Military Genealogical Sources, by John W. Heisey.
  • Searching American Military Records, by Fran Carter.
  • Some of the Military Records of America, Before 1900; Their Use & Value in Genealogical & Historical Research, by E. Kay Kirkham.
  • Michigan in war
  • Military History

Forts[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War (1775 to 1783)[edit | edit source]

General informtion:

  • Locating Your Revolutionary War Ancestor: A Guide To The Military Records, by James C. Neogles, 1983.
  • Revolutionary War Genealogy, by George K. Schweitzer.
  • Genealogical Abstracts Of Revolutionary War Pension Files, 3 Vls., by Virgil D. White, 1992.

Thousands of veterans settled in Michigan. Genealogical and biographical data is in published militia rolls, pension papers, and gravestone records. An example is:

The 1813 Pension List:

The 1818 Pensioners of the United States:

The 1835 Pension Roll

On June 5, 1834, the U.S. Senate required the Secretary of War to submit a statement showing the names of pensioners who were on the pension rolls or had previously been on the pension rolls. For more information on the 1835 Pension Roll see Revolutionary War Pension Records. The 1835 Pension Roll for the Territory of Michigan, which includes Revolutionary War pensioners and heirs of War of 1812 casualties, is available online:

War of 1812 (1812-1815)[edit | edit source]

The War of 1812 between Britain and the United States confirmed the separate existence of the United States and the future Canada.

See the Wiki article, Michigan in the War of 1812, for information concerning military records, histories, links to relevant web sites, etc. for Michigan Territory.

There are helpful nationwide records for soldiers of the War of 1812. For more information, see United States in the War of 1812.

General information[edit | edit source]

See also:

War Of 1812 Genealogy By George K. Schweitzer.

Indian Wars (1780s-1890s)[edit | edit source]

French and Indian War (7 Years War)


A few records for the Black Hawk War (1832), Toledo War (1835), and Patriot War (1838–39) are at the Michigan State Archives.

Winnebago War (1827)

Black Hawk War (1832)

  • Wisconsin soldiers who served in the Black Hawk War (Wisconsin Historical Society) - Transcription of Wisconsin Muster Rolls from the Black Hawk War. Lists soldiers in the 18 companies of "Iowa" militia (i.e., Iowa Co, Michigan Territory), plus Menominee and Potawatomie warriors and one militia company raised at Green Bay.


Toledo War (1835) and Patriot War (1838-1839)[edit | edit source]

A few records for the Black Hawk War (1832), Toledo War (1835), and Patriot War (1838–39) are at the Michigan State Archives.

United States. Adjutant General's Office. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served from the State of Michigan for the Patriot War, 1838–1839 (Washington, D.C.: The National Archives, 1965.) FHL film 882795

The Patriot War Along the Michigan-Canadian Border: Raiders and Rebels, by Shaun J. McLaughlin.

Mexican War (1846-1848)[edit | edit source]

The Mexican War was caused by the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845. Most volunteer regiments were from southern states. Records of Mexican War veterans might exist in a state where the veteran later resided.

  • Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926. (NARA T317). 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:
  • Robarts, William Hugh. Mexican War Veterans : A Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer Troops in the War Between the United States and Mexico, from 1846-1848… Washington, D.C. : Brentano’s, 1887. FHL book 973 M2rwh Digital version available at Internet Archive.
  • Michigan. Adjutant General's Office. Michigan Volunteers Descriptive Roll, First Regiment, 1847–1848 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972.) FHL film 915345 A descriptive muster roll of Mexican War volunteers.

Click on these links to learn more about the Mexican War and about Mexican War pension records.

Civil War (1861 to 1865)[edit | edit source]

Civil War Monument in Detroit, Michigan, 1888

See Michigan in the Civil War for information about Michigan Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Michigan 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 more about the soldiers and their families.

The 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 soldier was your ancestor.

General information[edit | edit source]

  • Civil War Genealogy, by George K. Schweitzer.
  • Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor, by Bertram H. Groene.
  • Report

Michigan material[edit | edit source]

  • Records of Service of Michigan Volunteers (1861 1865), 45 Vols. by Adjutant General.

Of which there is the

For Michigan Native Americans in the Civil War see:[edit | edit source]

Spanish-American War (1898)[edit | edit source]

The Spanish-American War was largely fought in Cuba and the Philippines. Spanish-American War records might exist in the state from which the soldier served or in a state where the veteran later resided.

Indexes

Click on the link to learn more about the Spanish American War.

World War I (1917-1918)[edit | edit source]

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.

  • United States. Selective Service System. Michigan, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918, M1509. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1987–1988. FHL film 1675112 (first of 217 film) Also available at:

See WWI Draft Records for more information.

  • World War I Card Index for Michigan. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. (Family History Library films 1001930–66.) Often has places of residence and parents' names. Appears to be drafted persons only.

Archives of Michigan

  • Census of World War I Veterans, 1918-1921, 375 vols, RG 78-92
  • Victory Medal Applications, 1920 - 1924, 17 boxes, RG 85-78
  • World War I Bonus Files, 1921-1932,173 boxes, RG 84-107

Photos  [edit | edit source]

Soldiers Great War


World War II (1941-1945)[edit | edit source]

Draft Registration

On April 27, 1942, the Selective Service conducted the fourth of six draft registrations related to WWII. The "World War II Selective Service Draft Cards: Fourth Registration, 1942" is often referred to as the “Old Man’s Registration” or the “Old Man’s Draft" because it included men with a date of birth from April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897. Since there is overlap in the WWI and WWII Selective Service registration, men born in the years 1877 to 1900 may have registered twice and have both WWII and WWI draft records.

Also available at:

Enlistment Records

Prisoners of War

Casualties

World War II United States Military Records provides additional information.

Korean War (1950–1953)[edit | edit source]

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 Korean War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Vietnam War (1964–1972)[edit | edit source]

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 Vietnam War wiki article for information on records and their availability.

Additional Records[edit | edit source]

Many more useful sources are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under:

MICHIGAN - MILITARY RECORDS
MICHIGAN - MILITARY RECORDS - [WAR]
MICHIGAN - MILITARY HISTORY
MICHIGAN - MILITARY HISTORY - [WAR]

Michigan National Guard[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Online Military information from Michigan is located at:




see also: The French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan