Kentucky Military Records Research Guide

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military recordsEvery military conflict in the country included servicemen from Kentucky. The National Archives in Washington, D.C. and its regional branches keep pension, bounty land, and service records for military servicemen, including those from Kentucky. Some records from the time of the Revolutionary War onward can also be found at the Military Records and Research Branch, Kentucky Department of Military Affairs. Bounty-land, service, and pension records can also be found at the Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

There were not many settlements in Kentucky around the time of the Revolutionary War, but some men from Kentucky did serve in it. Some of them served as Virginia residents and later obtained land in Kentucky as payment for serving during the war. George Rogers Clark military expedition records contain names of many Kentucky residents and those who got Kentucky land grants.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives holds records of Confederate and Union Civil War rosters and indexes to those rosters. It also holds records of the pensions provided to Confederate widows and veterans. Copies of those records can also be found at the Kentucky Historical Society.

Indexed rosters of Kentucky residents who served in the military during the Mexican War (1846 to 1848) and those who served in the Revolutionary War who were buried in Kentucky can be found at the Kentucky Historical Society. Kentucky Civil War regiment information has been published by Eastern Kentucky State University. The Kentucky Historical Society and the University of Kentucky each house copies of the Kentucky Sons of the American Revolution records.

Department of Military Affairs records can be found at Military Records and Research Branch, Kentucky Department of Military Affairs. Those records contain more than 300,000 Kentucky veteran discharge records, which span from World War II through the end of Desert Storm. Also available there are Kentucky militia records and National Guard records. Online databases included Kentucky military records as well.

Kentucky in the Revolutionary War

Revolutionary War Website Links

Kentucky in the War of 1812

War of 1812 Website Links

Kentucky in the Civil War

 

Civil War Website Links

Kentucky Modern Wars

War Website Links