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.

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.

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You can continue your search for military records using Excelsior, the online catalog of the New York State Archives and State Library, or the Historic Documents Inventory, the statewide section of Excelsior.