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Copies of Records can be ordered online for:

  • Federal military pension applications files for military service from the American Revolution up to before World War I.
  • Individual pages of Federal population census schedules, 1790-1930.
  • Land entry files (such as credit, cash, homestead, and mineral) or surrendered military bounty-land warrants files (Acts of 1788, 1812, 1847, 1850, and 1855).
  • Bounty-land warrant application files for Federal military service before 1856.
  • Ship passenger arrival records, 1820-1959.
  • Eastern Cherokee application records, 1906-1909.
  • Compiled military service records for regular forces up to before World War I.

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