New Yorkers have participated in military efforts since the colonial era. Military records shed light on the lives of soldiers, the struggles of the forces, as well as war's impact on the home front. They offer researchers a unique view of our past.
Military Records in the State Archives
The State Archives holds records documenting the many individuals who served in the armed forces during conflicts prior to World War II. The records contain summary data on military service, usually taking the form of financial claims, cards, registers, or one-page abstracts. The Archives holds no military case files (service, pension, or bounty land warrant) like those created by the Federal government. The following documents describe a variety of military records in the State Archives:
- War Service Records and Searches
- Guide to Records Relating to the Revolutionary War
- New York State Civil War Soldier Database
- Grand Army of The Republic Records
- Records Relating to World War I
- They Also Served: New Yorkers on the Home Front
You can continue your search for military records using Excelsior, the online catalog of the New York State Archives and State Library.
Military Records available throughout the State
Historical societies, libraries, museums, archives, and other organizations across New York document New Yorkers' military experiences through oral histories, personal papers, scrapbooks, regimental histories, civilian defense records, local history collections and business records. Search for military records in the Historic Documents Inventory, the statewide section of Excelsior.