Source Information

New York State Archives
Ancestry.com. New York, Registers of Officers and Enlisted Men Mustered into Federal Service, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: Registers of Officers and Enlisted Men Mustered into Federal Military or Naval Service during the Civil War. Series A0389 (6 volumes). New York (State). Bureau of Military Statistics. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.

About New York, Registers of Officers and Enlisted Men Mustered into Federal Service, 1861-1865

In 1863, the New York Bureau of Military Statistics was tasked with collecting and preserving information on anyone who had served from the state since 15 April 1861. As part of that effort, questionnaires were mailed to former and current soldiers and sailors, friends or relatives of the soldier or sailor, medical officers in charge of United States hospitals, and local officials. These questionnaires were then compiled into volumes in three categories: those currently in service, those formerly in service, and volunteers who were deceased.

Details vary somewhat among the three categories, but details you may find can include:

  • name, age, and color
  • residence
  • place of birth
  • age at time of death (where applicable)
  • marital status
  • trade or occupation
  • voter and citizenship status
  • literacy
  • regiment first entered
  • date originally entered service
  • manner of separation from service (discharged, resigned, etc.)
  • length of service
  • first rank
  • promotions and transfers
  • re-enlistment
  • injuries and wounds, esp. missing digits or limbs
  • manner of death (for soldiers who had died)
  • survivors (for soldiers who had died)
  • disposal of remains (for soldiers who had died)
  • length of unexpired term as of June 1, 1865 (where applicable)
  • present regiment and rank (where applicable)
  • whether or not drafted
  • substitute or representative recruit
  • remarks, such as moral character, medals received, whether captured, death information, wounds received, resignation dates, mustering out dates, hospitalizations, desertions, or if incarcerated as a prisoner of war