Over 250,000 men served in the War of 1812, some for as little as a month. Their service records are found mostly in the National Archives, but also in various other archives and repositories. Many are now available online. Therefore, a researcher needs a guide containing the most current information on how and where to access these War of 1812 records, which is precisely what this updated At a Glance guide is designed to do.
The vast majority of War of 1812 records consist of (1) pension records, (2) compiled military service records, and (3) bounty-land warrant application files. There are other records, of course, but these are the three main entry points in genealogical research. The purpose of this guide is to show you where these records are located, what they contain, and whether they are indexed, microfilmed, digitized, or found online. Regular army and navy records, prisoner of war records, lineage societies, state records, and published sources are also highlighted here.
With an updated and expanded list of online resources and record sources, and a handy checklist for finding militiamen, this updated edition of Genealogy at a Glance: War of 1812 Research is the best, and most current, guide for those wishing to trace their War of 1812 ancestors.