The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a database provided by the National Park Service containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Other information on the site includes histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records.
Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors & Marines of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars
Digitized multi-volume print sets owned by the State Library that contain brief biographical & service information on Massachusetts Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers.
This online collection contains nearly 8500 images of New England WWI soldiers, primarily from the 26th “Yankee” Division. This collection was originally donated to the State Library in 1935 by the Boston Globe, and many photographs include biographical and military information.
A compiled list of online resources for those wanting to access Massachusetts military documents and published histories, from 1620-1972. This list contains links to both free and subscription databases.
A compiled list of mainly 19th- and early 20th-century MA military documents and published histories available on Ancestry.com. [Subscription to Ancestry.com required for access]
Fold3, part of Ancestry.com, contains military records, stories, photos, and personal documents from soldiers of the Revolutionary War up through recent conflicts. The site also includes non-military and international records. [Subscription to Fold3 required for access]
Boston Public Library newspaper databases include the Boston Globe (1872-present), New York Times (1851-2015), 19th-century and international newspapers. [BPL eCard required for access; free to all Massachusetts residents]
The BPL also has a large collection of newspapers on microfilm if you can’t find what you need online.
Resources Available in the State Library
Ms. Coll. 65 [Located in Special Collections Department, Room 55 State House]
Contains over 40,000 index cards with various pieces of biographical and service information on New England WWI soldiers. Some cards include newspaper clippings, such as obituaries.
Ms. Coll. 1 [Located in Special Collections Department, Room 55 State House]
The Hartwell collection contains numerous photographs of soldiers of the 44th & 55th regiments of the Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War. Also includes a roster of the 44th Regiment. The finding aid to this collection is available online.
Published and Archival Material
The State Library’s collections contain many published local and general military histories, especially on the Civil War and WWI. Check out the library’s online catalog for more information.
The State Library also has some archival collections that may not yet be included in the online catalog. If you have any questions about our archival holdings and how they can help you with your research, please contact our Special Collections Department at email@example.com
Additional Research Institutions
220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125
Houses the historical military records of the Massachusetts Adjutant General. This collection is one of the most complete state records of MA servicemen and women from 1775-1940.
50 Maple St. P.O. Box 309, Milford, MA 01757
Houses military discharge records from 1940-present
Military records prior to 1940 are maintained by the Massachusetts Archives
380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02452
Various military records from the Revolutionary through the Civil Wars, including military service records and pension files
Your Local Government or Cultural Institutions
Library and archival collections
Local history collections
Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution
Contact for Researching Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors
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