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Military Records and Research Branch

Learn about Kentucky's Military History

Researchers documenting Kentucky’s military past or that of their own family will benefit from the collection of the Military Records and Research Branch, Kentucky Department of Military Affairs.

The collection is available for use at the Kentucky Military History Museum and includes:

  • Documentation of the Kentucky Militia, Kentucky State Guard, Kentucky National Legion and Volunteer regiments (1794 to 1912).
  • Records from 1794-1860, including the Cornstalk Militia, War of 1812 and Mexican War (a limited number).
  • Civil War records from all Union regiments, Adjutant and Quartermaster General’s Offices, state formations and Ordnance Departments.
  • Most records of United States Colored Troops accredited to Kentucky. Primary source Kentucky Confederate records (very limited).

The collection is available for use by appointment only.


For more information, contact:

Military Records and Research Branch
1700 Louisville Road, Building 317
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-607-6041 | FAX 502-607-6040