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New York State Military Records - Civil War and Following


Horowitz, Lois. A Bibliography of Military Name Lists from Pre-1675 to 1900: A Guide to Genealogical Sources. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1990. (R,929.373,H816,90-14241)

The National Personnel Record Center holds personnel and medical records of discharged, deceased and retired members of all branches of the Armed Forces. The Center's records date from the beginning of the 20th century. Individual records are available with authorization of the veteran or the veteran's next of kin. Request Standard Form 180 from the National Personnel Records Center, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132.

For additional materials, check the online catalog for the keywords war registers.

Civil War

Civil War Unit Histories: Regimental Histories and Personal Narratives. This microfiche set, with guides, contains general references, military histories and personal narratives about New York State, New England States, Mid-Atlantic States, Confederate States, Southern States, Midwestern States, Western States and the Union's Higher and Independent Commands and Naval Forces. It includes the New York State Adjutant-General's reports about Civil War regiments. (MA/FF, 973.741,C582,93-13647; index at MA,973.741,C582,93-13647)

Dornbusch, Charles E. Military Bibliography of the Civil War. New York: The New York Public Library, 1961, 2 vols. (R,016.97374,D713).

Hewett, Janet B., ed. The Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865. Wilmington, North Carolina: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 1995, 16 vols. (R,973.742,qR839,203-3966).

Hewett, Janet B., ed. The Roster of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865. Wilmington, North Carolina: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 1999, 33 vols. (R,973.741,qH598,203-3100).

New York (State) Adjutant General's Office. Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York for the Year... Registers of New York Regiments in the War of the Rebellion. Albany: J.B. Lyon Co.,1894-1906, 43 vols. (The reports are part of Civil War Unit Histories: Regimental Histories and Personal Narratives MA/FF. See above.)

Phisterer, Frederick, comp. New York in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. Albany: J.B. Lyon Co., 1912, 3rd ed., 6 vols. (R,973.7447,qA2). Volume 6 is the index. Only officers are listed.

Online Databases

Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective This database contains the full text of major articles from the New York Herald, Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865. It includes descriptive news articles, eye-witness accounts and official reports of battles and events, editorials, advertisements and biographies.

Additional information about Civil War veterans can be found in:

The State Archives, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230, has abstracts of muster rolls of New York State enlisted men and women and officers arranged by organization name with a multi-volume index of names, and information of NYS Military Records - Before the Civil War. Additional information may be found in Town Clerk's Civil War registers located at the State Archives.

United States. Pension Bureau.
List of pensioners on the roll January 1, 1883; giving the name of each pensioner, the cause for which pensioned, the post-office address, the rate of pension per month, and the date of original allowance, as called for by Senate resolution of December 8, 1882. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1883. (R,351.5,U64)

Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection and China Relief Expedition

The State Archives has Abstracts of Spanish-American War Military and Naval Service (B0809) and Abstracts of Spanish-American War Muster Rolls for National Guard Units Mustered into Federal Service (B0801).

Mexican Border Conflict

The State Archives has Abstracts of Muster Rolls for National Guard Units Mustered into Federal Service During the 1916 Mexican Punitive Campaign (B0802).

World War I

The State Archives has Abstracts of World War I Military Service (Army, Navy and Marines) (B0808) and Abstracts of National Guard Service in World War I (13721).

World War II

The Division of Military and Naval Affairs (330 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, NY 12110-2223) has about 30,000 cards filed for New York Army National Guard unit members whose units were activated in World War II, 1941-46.

Korean and Vietnam Wars

Family Search Military Index lists individuals in the United States military service who died or were declared dead in Korea or Vietnam for 1950 to 1957. The index can be used to find birth and death dates; home residence (town and state at time of enlistment); country where individual died; rank, service number and branch of service; person's race; date the person's tour of duty started, religious affiliation, and marital status (for Vietnam personnel only). This is part of the Family Search CD-ROM collection located in the Genealogy Area.

Last Updated: August 31, 2021