War of 1812 Records Online

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  • War of 1812 Service Records: This database is a listing of men mustered into the American armed forces between 1812 and 1815 for the War of 1812. Taken from records in the National Archives, each record includes the soldier's name, company, rank at time of induction, rank at time of discharge, and other helpful information. It provides the names of nearly 600,000 men.
  • War of 1812 Papers, 1789-1815: This database contains a variety of papers relating to the War of 1812. The Returns of Enemy Aliens and Prisoners of War records are searchable by name. All of the other papers are only searchable by browsing the images.
  • War of 1812, Prisoner of War Records, 1812-1815: This database contains records relating to Prisoners of War from the War of 1812. Most of the records are regarding American soldiers, but some regard civilians and British soldiers. This database also contains index cards to these records that contain each soldier's name and the manuscript number of the record on which he appears. These index cards are useful for locating individuals in the actual records.
  • War of 1812: Miscellaneous Canadian Records: This is a collection of databases providing information on many Canadians and British in the War of 1812, with some American names. It includes a list of prisoners (not soldiers) taken at Newark (Niagara, Ontario); a list of individuals and their property losses at Newark (Niagara, Ontario); Volunteers with Major Willcocks 1813; Roll Of Men Belonging To The Corps Of Canadian Volunteers In The Service Of The United States Under The Command Of Col. Jos. Willcocks: that were ordered to service in different detachments taken at Batavia as of June 1815; a pay list (serves as a muster roll) for Lt. Col. J. Willcocks' Company; Muster Roll of Canadian Volunteers; Muster roll of a Detachment of the 4th Regiment Lincoln Militia under the command of Lieut-Colonel Robert Nelles; Muster Roll of Captain Jonathan Moore, 4th. Lincoln; Muster Roll of Capt. Abram Nelles' Flank Company and a list of widows and their pensions (including details on their deceased husbands) in the Niagara area of Ontario.
  • Louisiana Soldiers in the War of 1812: This compilation contains an alphabetical list of Louisiana soldiers who fought for the state militia during the War of 1812. Taken from the National Archives, each entry includes the rank and company to which the soldier was attached. With nearly fifteen thousand soldiers listed, this is a great tool for filling gaps in one's ancestral research.
  • New York Military Equipment Claims, War of 1812: As with nearly all early state militias, volunteers in the New York state militia during the War of 1812 provided their own arms and clothing. This database is an index of claims presented to the State of New York for payment of expenses for military clothing and equipment provided by volunteers during the war. These claims were for clothing and equipment "which were depreciated, worn out, lost and destroyed in said service for which he had not received payment." Only the claims of those who performed duty "in the service of the State" were paid. Some additional claims were paid in good faith by the State, but as late as 1885, 17,228 claims were unpaid. Records indicate that these claims were never paid. The original declarations of claims from which the index was compiled are on file in the Bureau of War Records maintained by the Division of Military and Naval Affairs, Public Security Building, Albany, New York, 12206. The declaration indicates the claimants name and military grade, inclusive period of service and land warrant, if any, granted as a result of his service.
  • Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of 1812: Compiled from the Pennsylvania Archives collection, this database is a listing of soldiers who volunteered to fight the British during the War of 1812. Each volunteer is listed with the county from which he came and the year in which he enlisted. In addition to this information, the list is organized by rank and position. To the researcher of Pennsylvania ancestry, this can be a valuable database.
  • A List of Pensioners of the War of 1812 [Vermont Claimants]: Inasmuch as the keeping of public vital records by town clerks in Vermont was not legislated until 1840, this collection of the records of pensioners and soldiers of Vermont in the War of 1812 partially makes up for this impediment. The volume begins with an alphabetically arranged series of abstracts of the evidence presented by the claimants to a pension agent, in most cases indicating the veteran's unit, dates and places of service, and relationship to the claimant. This is followed by lists of some 200 Vermonters who volunteered to serve at Plattsburgh. The Appendix to the book, consisting of yet other lists and various accounts of the conflict, sheds further light on the role of Vermonters.
  • Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy, 1660-1815: This database is a listing of the officers who served in the Royal Navy between 1660 and 1815. Beside the name of each officer is his rank and the year in which he served in that rank.
  • Kentucky Soldiers of the War of 1812: This database provides the names of the soldiers in the Kentucky Militia who served in the War of 1812. It is arranged according to the name of the Captain and the number of the Regiment. In addition to providing the names of the soldiers, the database also includes the soldiers' rank, date of appointment or enlistment, or date and place of muster, and to what time he was engaged or enlisted.
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