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Genealogy: Military Records at Boston, MA (Waltham)


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The following microfilmed military records are available for research at Waltham, MA (Boston). Descriptive pamphlets are available for most microfilm publications. Please contact us by email, boston.archives@nara.gov before visiting in order to facilitate your research.


Revolutionary War

  • Index to military service records (M860)
  • Index to American Naval Personnel (M879)
  • Muster rolls (M246)
  • Compiled military service records (M881)
  • Pension rolls (M804)
  • VA half-pay pensions (M910)
  • Record of Invalid Pension Payments, 3/1801-9/1815 (M1786)
  • Ledgers of Pension Payments, 1818-1872 (T718)
  • Miscellaneous Records and Record Books (M847, M853, M859)
  • Financial Records of the Continental & Confederation Congresses (M1015)
  • Prize Cases (M162)
  • War Dept Correspondence ... Pensions, 1791-1797 (M1062)

War of 1812

  • Index to War of 1812 pension files (M313)
  • Index to Remarried Widows Pension Applications, 1815-1861 (M1784)
  • Old War Pension Index (1784-1861) (T316)
  • Index to compiled service records (M602)
  • War of 1812 bounty land warrants (M848)
  • Index to War of 1812 Prisoner of War (M747)
  • Records relating to War of 1812 Prisoners of War (M2019)

Civil War

  • Index to Pensions filed 1861-1934 (T288)
  • Index to compiled service records for volunteer Organizations from:
    • Connecticut (M535)
    • Maine (M543)
    • Massachusetts (M544)
    • New Hampshire (M549)
    • Rhode Island (M555)
    • Vermont (M557)
  • Compiled service records for the 54th Mass. Colored Infantry (M1659)
  • Compiled service records for the 55th Mass. Colored Infantry (M1801)
  • Compiled Service Records for the 5th Mass. Cavalry (M1817)
  • Union Soldiers courts-martials resulting in executions (M1523)
  • Confederate Amnesty Papers (M1003)
  • Prisoners at Andersonville (M1303)

Naval Records

  • Abstracts of Naval Officers service records 1798 - 1893 (M330)
  • Civil War Enlistment Index (T1099)
  • Logbooks of the U.S.S. CONSTITUTION, 1798-1934 (M1030)
  • Records of the C.S.S. FLORIDA, 1862-1864 (T716)
  • Squadron letters, 1841-1886 (M89)

Other Records

  • Register of U.S. Army, 1789-1903 (M1858)
  • Records of Living Officers, U.S. Army, 1890 (M1890)
  • There are also several publications of correspondence of the Secretary of War , 1800-1870, Civil War Photographs & Negatives (T251, T252)
  • Microfilm copies of World War I draft registration cards for each New England state
  • Microfilm copies of World War II draft registration cards (4th registration - men born between 1877 and 1897 only) for Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Pension Indexes

  • Old Wars 1784-1861 (T316)
  • Mexican War 1846-1848 (T317)
  • Indian Wars 1815-1891 (T318)
  • Pension Index, Remarried widows, before 1861 (M1784)
  • Pension Index, Remarried widows, after 1865 (M1785)

Military Records at Other Locations

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