Illinois, Databases of Illinois Veterans Index, 1775-1995

This is a web-based record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE). The original record sources may be found on the Illinois State Archives website.

    1929 Illinois Roll of Honor
    Illinois Black Hawk War Veterans
    Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls
    Illinois Civil War Veterans of Missouri Units
    Illinois Civil War Veterans Serving in the U.S. Navy
    Illinois Mexican War Veterans
    Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home Residents
    Illinois Spanish–American War Veterans
    Illinois Veterans' History Project
    Illinois War of 1812 Veterans
    Illinois Winnebago War Veterans

On the Illinois State Archives website, you would need to search these record sources individually to find all listings for a particular soldier. Using this record collection in Ancestry LE, however, you can search all these record sources simultaneously.

Coverage includes soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (but coverage is most complete for War of 1812 to Spanish-American War). Records referenced can include enlistment and service records, muster rolls, oral histories, records of soldiers’ homes, and burial records.

Search results include an abstract or transcription of the original record, plus a link to that record on the Illinois State Archives website. You can search for a particular individual, or you can use a number of search delimiters to do searches for soldiers meeting specific criteria:

    Any Event
    Marital Status
    Record Source
    Muster In Date
    Muster Out Date
    Service Entry Date
    War Years

For an interesting search try this:

SEARCH—KEYWORD at sea (Exact)

What you get is a list of men who were born at sea!

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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