Military History

Air Force Historical Research Agency
Army Military History Institute
Naval Historical Center
North American Forts 1526-1956 catalogue and gazetteer of forts and fortresses, trading posts, camps, stockades, blockhouses, garrisons, arsenals, and seacoast batteries in the United States and Canada and Associated Territories
US Army Center of Military History free online publications overing most US conflicts

Military Records

American Battle Monuments Commission database of American military buried or declared missing in action outside the US
Ancestry’s Military Records $ collection includes the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World Wars and other conflicts
fold3 (formerly footnote) ($ or access at NARA or local Family History Center) premier collection of US military records
Library of Congress National Archives: Military Resources genealogical resources for wars from the Revolutionary War to current time
Naval History and Heritage Command everything about US naval history: officer list from 1775 through 1900; photos of ships, naval personnel and aircraft; the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) order individual Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) of Army, Army Air Corps, Army Air Forces, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard military personnel who served and were discharged, retired or died while in the service, prior to 1946
Papers of the War Department 1784 – 1800 database of 55,000+ documents from the Department of War whose files were mostly destroyed by fire in 1800
US Army War College archives include personal papers, diaries, letters, photos and rare books
US Department of Veterans’ Affairs Nationwide Gravesite Locator lists burials of military personnel and family members in US military cemeteries. Listings date from the Revolutionary War to the present
USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers–1908 to Present serial numbers for aircraft of the US Air Force and its predecessors from 1908 to the present

Civil War

American Civil War Research Database $ subscription site with Confederate and Union soldier’s records, regimental rosters, regimental chronicles, officer profiles, soldier photographs and battle synopses
Civil War timeline, battle maps, photos the Official Record (OR) and account from the commanders
Civil War Richmond documents, photographs, and maps about Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database Online index
Civil War in Virginia: Walk in Their Footsteps track a soldier’s history across Virginia’s Civil War sites and plot a “Battle Plan” travel itinerary
Genealogy Trails soldier and burial records for Union soliders who died between 1873 anad 1903 and a few War of 1812 veterans
NARA’s Access to Archives Civil War Series searchable databases
NARA’s Confederate Pensions information and links about obtaining pension papers from the individual Southern state archives
SUVCW National Grave Registration search for civil war graves at the Sons of Union Veterans of the Union Civil War
Virginia Tech University’s Special Collections – American Civil War Manuscript Guides

Revolutionary War

American Archives Documents of the American Revolutionary Period, 1774-1776 – Southern Illinois University Libraries Historical military manuscripts
Ancestry’s Revolutionary War Collection ($ or access at your local library or Family History Center) subscription required

Daughters of the American Revolution

Daughters of the American Revolution
DAR Bible Records Index Index to more than 40,000 digitized family bible records
DAR Library Search Services ($) to order records from the DAR
DAR Genealogical Research System Several databases containing information submitted by descendants of people who fought in the Revolutionary War.
DAR Library GRC National Index Hourly based search service for a fee
DAR Patriot Index Lookup Service Request a volunteer to look for your ancestor (free), order records $

Sons of the American Revolution

Sons of the American Revolution

Fold3 (formerly footnote) images of documents from the National Archives, subscription required for some $
Kentucky Revolutionary War Land Warrants digitized images of the actual warrants many of which were issued to men from Virginia
Library of Virginia
National Archives: Military Resources: American Revolution
Pennsylvania State Archives
Revolutionary War Timeline
Sons of the American Revolution
Southern Campaign Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters Collection of transcribed pension statements for Revolutionary War soldiers who served in the Southern Campaign, many of whom ended up going north or west after the war
The United Empire Loyalists Revolutionary War Patriots who were loyal to the Royal Standard, includes Loyalist directory

War of 1812

Letters Received By The Adjutant General, 1805-1821 ($ or access at NARA or local Family History Center) from Fold3
War of 1812 Pension Files joint project between Fold3 and the Federation of Genealogical Societies, currently active and seeking volunteers
War of 1812 Prize Cases, Southern Dist Court, NY ($ or access at NARA or local Family History Center) from Fold3
War of 1812 Service Records from Fold3, always free, created from muster, pay, receipt and other rolls for soldiers and sailors who served in the war
Losses from the Board of Claims (1813 to 1848) from Library and Archives Canada
Upper Canada (primarily Ontario) militia returns, nominal rolls and playlists from Library and Archives Canada
Lower Canada militia returns, nominal rolls and playlists from Library and Archives Canada
Miscellaneous Records from Library and Archives Canada
War of 1812 Pension Files Free images of pension and bounty land application fies relating to claims based on service between 1812 and 1815

World War II

World War II Databases at NARA US Army (including Women’s Auxiliary), Prisoners of War, Prisoners of the Japanese, Japanese-American internees, Naval Intelligence personnel