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Records for Genealogical Research:
The National Archives-Southeast Region has custody of millions of records, on paper and on microfilm, created by various agencies of the United States Government. The records most useful for genealogical research are listed here. These records may contain full information about a person or little more than a name. The census records for 1790-1920 consist of nationwide listings in each census year. Indexes are available for many censuses. General military indexes cover volunteer soldiers from throughout the United States taking part in several wars. Other microfilm collections specify the port, state and/or region. Most of the Southeast Region's textual holdings are from Federal agencies and U. S. District Courts in eight Southeastern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). The World War I Draft Registration Cards cover the entire United States--a nationwide collection. Staff members and volunteers are available to advise visitors in conducting their research. Guidelines and regulations for using the facility are also available.

1790--1st Census 12 Rolls. M 637
1790--1st Census (printed) 3 Rolls. T 498
(Includes, at the end of roll 3, the 1840 "Census of Pensioners
for Revolutionary or Military Services".)
1800--2nd Census 52 Rolls. M 32
1810--3rd Census 71 Rolls. M 252
1820--4th Census 142 Rolls. M 33
1830--5th Census 201 Rolls. M 19
1840--6th Census 580 Rolls. M 704
1850--7th Census 1009 Rolls. M 432
(Earliest census that names each individual.)
1860--8th Census 1438 Rolls. M 653
1870--9th Census 1748 Rolls. M 593
1870--9th Census of Minnesota 13 Rolls. T 132
1880--10th Census 1454 Rolls. T 9
Those families with a child 10 years old or less are indexed on
Soundex microfilm on a statewide basis. Soundex covers 47 states
and territories.
2367 Rolls. T734 through T780
1880--Missouri Supplemental Schedules 1-7 for defective,
dependent and delinquent classes: Adair to Wright Counties.
1885--Florida State Census 13 Rolls. M 845
1890-11th Census 3 Rolls. M 407
(Badly damaged by fire in 1921, the census was destroyed; these
rolls are all that survive.)
Index to 11th Census 2 Rolls. M 496
1890--Census of Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans
118 Rolls.(KY - WY) M 123
1890--First Oklahoma Territorial Census
1 Roll. GR 24
1900-12th Census 1854 Rolls. T 623
Every family is indexed on Soundex microfilm on a statewide
basis. Soundex covers 54 states and territories.
7846 Rolls. T1030 through T1083
1910-13th Census 1784 Rolls. T 624
Every family in 21 states is indexed on Soundex/Miracode
4642 Rolls. T1259 through T1279
1920-14th Census 2076 Rolls. T 625
Every family in 58 states and territories is indexed on Soundex
microfilm on a statewide basis.
8585 Rolls. M1548 through M1605
Census Enumeration District Descriptions, 1830-1880 and 1910-1920
Rolls 1-6, 28-60. T1224
Census Enumeration District Descriptions, 1900.
10 Rolls. T1210

Non-Population Census Reports:
Non-Population Census, Florida 1850-1880.
9 Rolls. T1168
Non-Population Census, Georgia 1850-1880.
27 Rolls. T1137
Non-Population Census, Louisiana 1850-1880.
15 Rolls. T1136
Compilation of Tennessee Census Reports, 1820.
1 Roll. T 911
Non-Population Census, Tennessee 1850-1880.
39 Rolls. T1135
Non-Population Census, Washington Territory, 1860-80.
8 Rolls. A1154
Non-Population Census, Virginia, 1850-1880.
34 Rolls. T1132

Mortality Census Schedules:
Federal Mortality Census Schedules 1850-1880(formerly in the custody of the Daughters of the American Revolution), and indexes. (AZ, CO, D.C., GA, KY, LA, & TN).
30 Rolls. T655


Military Records:
Historical Information Relating to Military Posts and Other
Installations, ca. 1700-1900.
8 Rolls. M 661

Revolutionary War:
General Index to Military Service Records of Soldiers.
58 Rolls. M 860
Index to Soldiers who Served in Georgia Military Organizations.
1 Roll. M1051
Compiled Military Service Records of Soldiers who Served in the American Army.
1096 Rolls. M 881
Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783.
138 Rolls. M 246
Index to Service Records of Naval Personnel.
1 Roll. M 879
Compiled Service Records of Naval Personnel, Quartermaster General, and Commissary General of Military Stores.
4 Rolls. M 880
Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files (1800-1900).
2670 Rolls. M 804
Index to Certificates of Deferred Payments to Revolutionary War Soldiers, 1775-1789, Prepared by the D.A.R.
Roll 5 M1015
Final Revolutionary War Pension Payments for Georgia
6 Rolls. M1746
Register of Army Land Warrants for Service in the Revolutionary
War, Military District of Ohio: Act of 1788.
1 Roll. T1008
Revolutionary War Bounty Land Warrants and Related Papers: the
Military District of Ohio. \
16 Rolls. M 829
Special Index to Numbered Records in the War Department
Collection of Revolutionary War Records, 1775-1783.
39 Rolls. M 847
Miscellaneous Numbered Records in the War Department Collection
of Revolutionary War Records, 1775-1790's.
125 Rolls. M 859

Post-Revolutionary War Period:
Index to Volunteer Soldiers Who served From 1784-1811.
9 Rolls. M 694
War of 1812:
General Index to Volunteers.
234 Rolls. M 602
Index to Volunteers from North Carolina.
5 Rolls. M 250
Index to Volunteers from South Carolina.
7 Rolls. M 652
War of 1812 Military Bounty Land Warrants, 1815-1858.
14 Rolls (roll 1 is index). M 848

Indian Wars and Disturbances:
Claims of Georgia Militia Against Indians, 1792-1827.
5 Rolls. M1745
Index to Volunteers Who served During Indian Wars and
Disturbances, 1815-1858.
42 Rolls. M 629
Old War Index to Pension Files 1815-1926.
7 Rolls. T 316
Index to Indian War Pension Files, 1892-1926.
12 Rolls. T 318
Creek War, 1836:
Index to Volunteers from Alabama.
2 Rolls. M 244
Compiled Service Records of Florida Militia who Served During the Creek War, 1836.
1 Roll. M1086
Cherokee Disturbances, 1836-39:
Index to Volunteers from Alabama.
1 Roll. M 243
Index to Volunteers from Georgia.
1 Roll. M 907
Index to Volunteers from North Carolina.
1 Roll. M 256
Index to Volunteers from Tennessee and Field and Staff Officers
of the Cherokee Nation.
2 Rolls. M 908

Florida War, 1836-1843:
Index to Volunteers from Alabama
1 Roll. M 245

Mexican War, 1846-1848:

  • General Index
    41 Rolls. M 616
  • Compiled Military Records, Mississippi
    9 Rolls. M 863
  • Index to Mexican War Pensions, 1887-1926.
    14 Rolls. T 317


Civil War, 1861-1865:
Official Battle Lists of the Civil War, 1861-65.
2 Rolls. M 823

Index to Union Volunteers from:

Alabama 1 Roll. M 263
Arizona 1 Roll. M 532
Arkansas 4 Rolls. M 383
U.S. Colored Troops 98 Rolls. M 589
Connecticut 17 Rolls. M 535
Dakota Territory 1 Roll. M 536
Delaware 4 Rolls. M 537
Dist. of Columbia 3 Rolls. M 538
Florida 1 Roll. M 264
Georgia 1 Roll. M 385
Kentucky 30 Rolls. M 386
Louisiana 4 Rolls M 387
Maine 23 Rolls. M 543
Maryland 13 Rolls. M 388
Mississippi 1 Roll. M 389
Nebraska 2 Rolls. M 547
Nevada 1 Roll. M 548
New Hampshire 13 Rolls. M 549
New Jersey 26 Rolls. M 550
North Carolina 1 Roll. M 391
Oregon 1 Roll. M 553
Rhode Island 7 Rolls. M 555
Tennessee 16 Rolls. M 392
Texas 2 Rolls. M 393
Utah Territory 1 Roll. M 556
Vermont 14 Rolls. M 557
Virginia 1 Roll. M 394
Washington Territory 1 Roll. M 558
West Virginia 13 Rolls. M 507

Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who served
Between 1861 and 1900.

Rolls 570-579 (U.S. Colored Troops) T 289

Compiled Records Showing Service of Military Units in Volunteer
Union Organizations. M 594

Alabama Roll 1
Arkansas Roll 1
Dist. of Columbia Roll 10
Florida Roll 10
Georgia Roll 10
Kentucky Rolls 60-66
Mississippi Roll 91
North Carolina Roll 139
Tennessee Rolls 188-190
Texas Roll 190
U.S. Colored Troops Rolls 204-217
U.S. Volunteers Rolls 218-219

Southern Claims Commission, 1871-80: Correspondence and Lists of Claimants.
14 Rolls. M 87
Southern Claims Commission, 1871-80: Approved Claims--Georgia
761 fiche M1658
Compiled Service Records of Former Confederate Soldiers Who
served in the 1ST-6TH U.S. Volunteer Infantry Regiments,
1864-66("Galvanized Yankees").
65 Rolls. M1017
Census of Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans, 1890.
118 Rolls (KY - WY) M 123

Index to Confederate Volunteers From:
Alabama 49 Rolls. M 374
Arizona Territory 1 Roll. M 375
Arkansas 26 Rolls. M 376
Florida 9 Rolls. M 225
Georgia 67 Rolls. M 226
Kentucky 14 Rolls. M 377
Louisiana 31 Rolls. M 378
Maryland 2 Rolls. M 379
Mississippi 45 Rolls. M 232
Missouri 16 Rolls. M 380
North Carolina 43 Rolls. M 230
South Carolina 35 Rolls. M 381
Tennessee 48 Rolls. M 231
Texas 41 Rolls. M 227
Virginia 62 Rolls. M 382

Organizations Raised Directly by the Confederate Government,
General and Staff Officers, and Non-Regimental Enlisted Men.
26 Rolls. M 818
Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers From Kentucky.
136 Rolls. M 319
Confederate States Army Casualty Lists and Narrative Reports
7 Rolls. M 836
Compiled Records Showing Service of Military Units in Confederate Organizations.
74 Rolls. M 861
Records Relating to Confederate Naval and Marine Personnel.
7 Rolls. M 260
Register of Confederates who Died in Federal Prisons and Military Hospitals in the North, 1861-1865.
1 Roll. M 918
Applications from Former Confederates for Presidential Pardons (Amnesty), 1865-70.
73 Rolls. M1003

Spanish-American War, 1898:
General Index to Volunteers.
126 Rolls. M 871
Index to Volunteers from North Carolina.
2 Rolls. M 413
Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteers from Florida.
13 Rolls. M1087

Philippine Insurrection, 1899-1902:
General Index to Volunteers.
24 Rolls. M 872


World War I:
Original Draft Registration cards exist for nearly 24 million
men, American Citizens or not, born between 1873 and 1900 and who
registered for the draft in 1917 and 1918. The records are filed
by state and draft board. The full name of the registrant and
his location or address at the time of registration are needed to
search the cards. Enemy aliens and those who had enlisted did
not register. The records cover the entire United States.

Land Records:
List of North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee, 1778-91.
1 Roll. M 68

Lists of Postmasters:
Records of Appointment of Postmasters, 1789-1832.
4 Rolls. M1131
Records of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971.
145 Rolls. M 841


Passenger Lists and Indexes:
Index (Soundex) to Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-97.
171 Rolls. M 327
Index (Soundex) to Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1897-1942.
43 Rolls. T 520
Index to Galveston (TX) Passenger Lists, 1896-1906.
3 Rolls. M1357
Index to Galveston (TX) Passenger Lists, 1906-1951.
7 Rolls. M1358
Passenger Lists--Vessels Arriving at Galveston, TX.,1896-1948.
36 Rolls. M1359
Index to Passengers Arriving at Gulfport, MS, 1904-54, and at
Pascagoula, MS, 1903-35.
1 Roll. T 523
Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Key West, FL,
1898-1945. (Rolls 1-2 Only) T 940
Index to New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1853-1899.
32 Rolls. T 527
Index to New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1900-1952.
22 Rolls. T 618
Index to New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1846.
103 Rolls. M 261
Index to Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1906.
151 Rolls. M 360
Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Savannah, 1906.
1 Roll. T 943
Copies of Lists of Passengers Arriving at Minor Ports on the
Atlantic and Gulf Coast and at Ports on the Great Lakes,
16 Rolls. M 575
Index to Passengers Arriving at Ports in Alabama,Florida,
Georgia, and South Carolina, 1890-1924.
26 Rolls. T 517
Alphabetical Index to Canadian Border Entries through Small Ports in Vermont, 1895-1924.
6 Rolls. M1462


Naturalization Records:



Until 1906 an immigrant could be naturalized in any court of record, including the Federal courts. After 1906, Naturalization occurred mainly in Federal courts. The Southeast-Region has some naturalization records from Federal courts in the Southeast from 1790 to 1945; however, they can be difficult to search. Contact the staff for assistance.

Records of Admission to Citizenship, U.S. District Court,
Charleston, SC.,1790-1906.
1 Roll. M1183
Index to Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for
the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 1888-1955.
1 Roll. M1611
Naturalization Records From Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
107 Rolls. M1547

Tax Records:
Internal Revenue Assessment Lists for:
Alabama, 1865-66. 6 Rolls. M 754
Florida, 1865-66. 1 Roll. M 761
Georgia, 1865-66. 8 Rolls. M 762
Kentucky, 1862-66. 24 Rolls. M 768
Mississippi, 1865-66. 3 Rolls. M 775
North Carolina,1864-66 2 Rolls. M 784
South Carolina, 1864-66 2 Rolls. M 789
Civil War Direct Tax Assessment List:
Tennessee. 6 Rolls. T 227

Miscellaneous Records:

Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789.
204 Rolls. M 247
Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789.
10 Rolls. M 332
Archives of the Spanish Government of West Florida, 1789-1816.
7 Rolls. T1116
Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands,
Especially Records of the Assistant Commissioner for Mississippi,
1865-69 (labor contracts).
50 Rolls. M 826
Freedmen's (former slaves) Saving & Trust:
Indexes to Deposit Ledgers in Branches of the Freedman's Saving and Trust Company, 1865-1874.
5 Rolls. M 817
Registers of Signatures of Depositors in Branches of the
Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, 1865-1874.
27 Rolls. M 816

Indian Records:
Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1881.
962 Rolls. M 234
Special Files of the Office of Indian Affairs, 1807-1904.
85 Rolls. M 574
Census of Creek Indians Taken by Parsons and Abbott in 1832.
1 Roll. T 275
Roll of Creek Orphans and List of 1870 Payments (1832 Treaty).
2 Rolls. A41 & A42
Cherokee Register (1817-1819).
1 Roll. A 21
Armstrong/Houston Surveys, 1817-20.
1 Roll. A 22
Cherokee Emigration and State Muster Rolls, 1817-1838.
Roll. A 23
Census Roll and Index, 1835, of the Cherokee Indians East of the Mississippi.
1 Roll. T 496
Cherokee Spoilation Decisions.
1 Roll. A 17
Cherokee Tennessee and Georgia Valuations.
1 Roll. A 18
Cherokee Powell Roll, 1867.
1 Roll. A 29
Cherokee Freedmen Payment Roll, 1897.
1 Roll. A 32
Old Settler Cherokee Census, 1895, & Index to Payment Roll, 1896.
2 Rolls. T 985
Records Relating to Enrollment of Eastern CherokeeS by Guion
Miller, 1908-10.
12 Rolls. M 685
Eastern Cherokee Applications of the United States Court of
Claims, 1906-09 (Miller Roll Applications).
348 Rolls. M1104
Records of the Cherokee Agency, 1886-1952.
170 Cubic Feet.
Eastern Cherokee Baker Roll, 1926-31.
1 Roll. A 35
(Dawes Commission) Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914.
93 Rolls. M1186
Final Rolls of Citizens & Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory (on or before March 4, 1907, with supplements
dated September 25, 1914--Dawes Commission).
3 Rolls. T 529
Chickasaw Muster Rolls, 1837-39.
1 Roll. A 36
Chickasaw Census, 1847.
1 Roll. A 36
Choctaw Armstrong Roll, 1831.
1 Roll. A 39
Choctaw Reserves.
2 Rolls. A37 & A38
Choctaw Census Taken by Cooper.
1 Roll. A 40
Choctaw Muster/Emigration Rolls.
1 Roll. A 40
Choctaw Annuity Rolls, Oklahoma, 1918-1934
1 Roll. R4T75
Choctaw, Chickasaw, Mississippi Choctaw Freedmen Annuity Rolls,
1 Roll. R4T76
Mississippi Choctaw Annuity Rolls, 1908-1929
1 Roll. R4T77
SAC & FOX, Mississippi Annuity Rolls, 1866-1947.
1 Roll. R4T78
Delaware, 1867-74.
1 Roll. A 45
Menominee Annuity Rolls, 1849-73.
1 Roll. A 46
Ottawa/Chippewa Roll, 1870.
1 Roll. A 50
Ottawa and Chippewa Tract Books.
1 Roll. A 51
1880 Special Census of Indians (Dak Terr., Calif, & Wash. State)
5 Rolls. R4T70
1880 Special Census of Indians: Tulalip Agency, Yakima Agency,
and Standing Rock Agency Indians in California, Volume 4.
Indian Census Rolls, 1884-1940. M 595
Eastern Cherokee, 1898-1939 Rolls 22-26
Mississippi Choctaw, 1926-39 Rolls 41-42
Green Bay Agency, 1885-94 Roll 172
Hupa & Klamath, 1915-22 Roll 183
Seminole (Florida) 1913-40 Rolls 486-487