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Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestors Online


The War of 1812 may be America’s “forgotten war,” but it is one that family historians should definitely not forget. Many valuable genealogical resources were created as a result of this conflict.

In this post, find out how to identify a War of 1812 soldier or sailor, as well as which resources are available to bring your ancestor’s military service to life.

The first step in your War of 1812 research is to search your family tree to determine if any of your ancestors may have been among the thousands who served. Most soldiers and sailors were men between the ages of 18 and 30, born between the years 1782 and 1796. Although less common, some may have been as young as 10 or as old as 70, widening the possible span of birth years to between 1742 and 1804.

Did your ancestor die between 18 June 1812, when the United States declared war on Great Britain, and 17 February 1815 when the war officially ended? Did he die in a state other than where he and his family resided? If so, your ancestor may have died as a soldier or sailor in the War of 1812.