|Michigan State Vital Records
Michigan Dept of Community Health
3423 N. Martin Luther King Blvd
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, Michigan 48909
- Note: Many records were destroyed by fire in the St. Louis Center in 1973.
Access to Military Service and Pension Records
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.
Paper copies of military service and pension records can be ordered by mail from the facility which holds the records:
The National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.
The National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO
Below is a list of the military service records located at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. To order military service records, use NATF Form 86. To order military pension records, use NATF Form 85.
Branch of Service
- Military service performed by persons serving during an emergency and whose service was considered to be in the Federal interest, 1775 - 1902
- Enlisted personnel, 1789 - October 31, 1912
Officers, 1789 - June 30, 1917
- Enlisted personnel, 1798 - 1885, Officers, 1798 - 1902
- Enlisted personnel, 1789 - 1904, Some officers, 1789 - 1895
- Persons who served in predecessor agencies to the U.S. Coast Guard: the Revenue Cutter Service (Revenue Marine), the Life-Saving Service, and the Lighthouse Service, 1791 - 1919
- Persons who rendered military service for the Confederate States government in its armed forces, 1861 - 1865
- Claims files for pensions based on Federal military service, 1775 - 1916 and
Bounty land warrant application files relating to claims based on wartime service, 1775 - 1855
For more information about military records, go to NARA's genealogy page.
Later military service records are in the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century. NPRC (MPR) also stores medical treatment records of retirees from all services, as well as records for dependent and other persons treated at naval medical facilities. Information from the records is made available upon written request (with signature and date) to the extent allowed by law.
Access to military service records is limited. See Services for Veterans, Next-of-Kin, or the Veteran's Representative for more information.
To order records, use Standard Form 180.