1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 8, 2019 11:15 AM by Rebecca Collier

    How to Order Service Record for Marine Artillery

    Daniel McEver Newbie

      The NATF 86 instructions say not to use this form to order service records for Navy or Marine personnel. I want a service record for a person who was in the “1st NY Marine Artillery.” How do I order a service record for him?

        • Re: How to Order Service Record for Marine Artillery
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. McEver,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub.

           

          The NATF Form 86 is used to request copies of compiled service records of the Army only. There are no compiled service records for the Navy or Marine Corps servicemen. Sorry for the confusion.

           

          Service records for enlisted Marines who served during the Civil War may include: enlistment and reenlistment papers, descriptive lists, conduct records, notice of discharge, and military history. A typical Civil War–era service record contains only an enlistment paper and a small typed sheet prepared years after service showing: name, rank, date of enlistment, place of enlistment, period of enlistment, and remarks such as date and place of discharge or date and place of death if it occurred while in service. For access to and/or copies of these enlisted Marine Corps personnel service records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.

           

          Also, to track a Marine’s service, please consult the monthly U.S. Marine Corps muster rolls reproduced on microfilm (T1118) which has been digitized by ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. A muster roll generally shows the name of ship or station and, for officers and enlisted men, name, rank, date of enlistment or reenlistment, and if applicable, date of desertion or apprehension, and date of death or discharge.

           

          To verify service of a Marine Corps officer, please consult the List of Officers of the Navy of the United States and of the Marine Corps from 1775 to 1900. Marine Corps muster rolls, Navy logbooks, Navy courts-martial files, and pension file records can also provide additional information on Marine Corps officers. For access to and/or copies of these enlisted Marine Corps personnel service records, please contact RDT1.

           

          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

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