The applications and value of Arizona military records in genealogical research for ancestors that were veterans are apparent but Arizona military records can also be beneficial to researchers whose primary ancestors weren’t soldiers in any war. Because of the quantity of genealogical information covered in a number of Arizona military pension records they ought to never be overlooked during the research process.
Arizona had several frontier military posts. Many of those records, as well as other government records, can be found at the Arizona Historical Society. Quartermaster records regarding equipment, construction, and supplies for military posts in Arizona can also be found at the Arizona Historical Society. The card catalog contains files regarding their microfilmed holdings. Society members may pay a small amount to use the supply copies and card catalog, as needed. The Arizona State Adjutant General’s Office holds military records for the state. The FHL has the WWI Draft Registration Cards for 1917 and 1918 on microfilm, as well as one roll each of the NARA microfilm for the Civil War United Army Volunteers (M532) and the Confederate Soldiers (M318).
Arizona in the Civil War
Civil War Website Links
- Research in the Civil War 1861-1865
- Civil War links from fold3.com with original data from the National Archives:
- Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Arizona – This is an alphabetical card index to the compiled service records of volunteer Confederate soldiers belonging to units from the State of Arizona.
- Civil War and Later Veterans Pension Index from Arizona
- Arizona Civil War “Widows’ Pensions”
- Arizona, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 (familysearch.org) Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Arizona. The records include a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served. The jacket-envelope typically contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier’s surname.
- Arizona Civil War Infantry Regiments and Units
- Arizona Civil War Cavalry Regiments and Units
- Arizona Civil War Artillery Regiments and Units
- Civil War links from ancestry.com:
- U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 – This database contains an index to compiled service records (CSRs) for soldiers who served with units in the Confederate army. Most of the men whose names appear in this index served with units from 15 different states or territories; others were soldiers raised directly by the Confederate government, generals and staff officers, and other enlisted men not associated with a regiment. Compiled service records are files of cards that abstract original military records relating to an individual soldier. A typical CSR will include an envelope that lists a soldier’s name, rank, unit, and card numbers, followed by cards with details extracted from muster rolls, rosters, hospital rolls, Union prison records, payrolls, and other records, with a new card being created each time a soldier’s name appeared on a new document. The CSRs may also include original documents pertaining to the soldier. The CSRs do not constitute an exhaustive list of all men who served in the Confederate army.
- U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865
- Arizona Civil War Books (amazon.com)
Arizona Modern Wars
War Website Links