United States Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps 1893-1940

This blog post will be updated as new updates come along.

Post Last Updated: August 17, 2014

Current Part: A

Skill level: Beginner


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Sample Images

US Muster Roll 1

How to Index This US Muster Roll 1

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US Muster Roll 2

How to Index This US Muster Roll 2

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Affidavit

No Extractable Data Image – DO NOT Index

 
   
   


Instructions, Field Helps and Updates

If I haven’t listed something you are confused about please see the PDF Presentation listed above or ask in a comment. If there’s something you think should be on here please let me know. Everything is in Alphabetical order after About This Project.

About This Project

  • Records were handwritten or typed on preprinted registers.
  • Each batch contains a single image.
  • Each image generally contains up to 60 records.

This project contains muster rolls from the United States Marine Corps. The records span from 1893 to 1940.

    Brightness and Contrast

    To change the brightness of an image, click the View menu, and then click Brightness and Contrast.

    To darken the image, move the Brightness slider to the left of zero; to brighten the image, move the slider to the right of zero.

    To change the contrast, click and drag the Contrast slider to the right.

    To sharpen the image, click the View menu, and then click Sharpen to adjust the slider.

    Corrected or Crossed-Out Information

    • When information was crossed out and then replaced, type the new data in the appropriate fields.
    • When information was crossed out, was not replaced, and can be read, type the crossed-out information.
    • When information was crossed out, was not replaced, and cannot be read, mark the field as unreadable by pressing Ctrl+U.
    • When no entry on a record can be read, mark the entire record as unreadable by pressing Ctrl+Shift+U.

    Diacritics and Other Characters

    • If the name of a person or place was written with a character not on your keyboard, such as the “é” in José, please insert the character by clicking the Enter special international characters  icon (a square with an “ñ” in it) and then clicking the letter you want to insert, or:
      1. In the menu bar, click Edit.
      2. Click International Letters.
      3. Click the letter you want to insert.

    Enlistment Day

    Type the one- or two-digit number for the enlistment or reenlistment day. If enlistment and reenlistment dates were both given, index the day of the first enlistment.

    If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word “unknown,” press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

    Click here to see an example: 26

    Click here to see an example: 25

    Enlistment Month

    Type the first three letters of the month of the enlistment or reenlistment: Jan, Feb, Mar, etc. If enlistment and reenlistment dates were both given, index the month of the first enlistment.

    If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word “unknown,” press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

    Click here to see an example: May

    Click here to see an example: Sep

    Enlistment Year

    Type a four-digit number for the enlistment or reenlistment year. If enlistment and reenlistment dates were both given, index the year of the first enlistment.

    If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image.

    If you cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

    If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word “unknown,” press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

    Click here to see an example: 1906

    Click here to see an example: 1916

    Given Names

    The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

    Do not include titles or terms or ranks, such as “Mr,” “Sgt,” or “Jr,” with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not type punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

    Index all names on the muster roll, including apparent documents and the captain, who was often listed at the bottom of the page. Do not index empty lines.

    If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word “unknown,” press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

    Click here to see an example: David B

    Click here to see an example: John H

    Handwriting Help

    [The best way for handwriting help is to ask other indexers what they see by using the Share Batch feature found within the Indexing program. See How Indexers Can Share A Batch within the Library of FamilySearch Indexing Information Forums to get the instructions and then you can share within any group / blog / forums you are part of.]

    Many of these records are handwritten. The handwriting resource on the data entry screen may help you decipher the handwriting.

    To access this resource, click the Handwriting Help icon (an inkwell with an orange feather quill).

    The best help for deciphering difficult handwriting is the document itself. Before indexing, study the entire batch to determine the unique writing style of the recorder. Compare questionable letters with other names on the document.

    Image Type

    Click in the Image Type field, and then click the option from the list that best describes the image.

    If the image contains a muster roll, select Normal. Then press Tab or Enter.

    If the image is blank or is unreadable, select the corresponding option from the list. If the image does not contain a muster roll, select No Extractable Data Image. Press Tab or Enter, and, on the warning message, click Yes. Continue to the next image.

    Click here to see an example: Normal

    Click here to see an example: No Extractable Data Image

    Overlays

    Overlays are normally small handwritten or typed notes that cover part of an original record.

    Read the overlay. If it contains a muster roll, then index the information in the corresponding fields. If not, do not index information from the overlay.

    Page Number

    Type the page number, which was usually listed in the top right corner of the page. Do not confuse the page number with a registry or entry number.

    If the page number was not listed, press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

    Click here to see an example: 19

    Click here to see an example: 3

    Rotating Images

    • Some images in this project may need to be rotated. To rotate images, you can either:
      • Click the Rotate image icons.
      • Click the View menu, and click Rotate Left or Rotate Right.
    • To rotate an image 90 degrees counterclockwise, click the Rotate image left by 90 degrees icon.
    • To rotate an image 90 degrees clockwise, click the Rotate image right by 90 degrees icon.
    • To rotate an image 180 degrees, click either icon twice.

    Stationed

    Type the name of the place where the soldiers were stationed as it was written on the record. Do not expand any abbreviations.

    Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written as part of the place-name.

    If multiple levels of locality were listed, index the full locality without punctuation. For example, “U.S.S. Montana, Navy Yard, Norfolk, VA” would be indexed as USS Montana Navy Yard Norfolk VA.

    If the duty station was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word “unknown,” press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

    Click here to see an example: Marine Barracks Navy Yard New York NY

    Click here to see an example: Headquarters US Marine Corps Washington DC

    Surname

    The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the given names field.

    Do not include titles or terms or ranks, such as “Mr,” “Sgt,” or “Jr,” with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

    Index all names on the muster roll, including apparent documents and the captain, who was often listed at the bottom of the page. Do not index empty lines.

    If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word “unknown,” press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

    Click here to see an example: Mullin

    Click here to see an example: Rath


    All photos within this post come from the FamilySearch Indexing links listed directly above each photo all other information comes from

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