Posted By:peter1407
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Subject:Re: military records
Post Date:May 31, 2003 at 11:05:52
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Forum:Napoleonic Wars Forum
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Hi, this is an old message, but perhaps you are still trying to track down your ancestor in military records.
If you want to find records re the Germans who served in Russia with Napoleon's army, you probably need to look in German records, not French ones. The occupied territories were expected to provide troops for Napoleon; the further into the war it got, the more troops they had to provide because the French were voting with their feet (i.e., going home if they could).
So you use the records from your ancestor's region. I suggest using LDS microfilmed records of troops serving in the Napoleonic Wars or the Wars of Liberation. These are microfilmed (when available) by duchy, kingdom, etc. For example, an ancestor in Baden would (should) appear in the Duke of Baden's regiment(s), which served in Russia and in Spain.
As to finding actual service records, unless he was an officer, it is unlikely that you will find much other than the unit's name. From there, however, you can go to reference books and look up the unit and its engagements. Unless he was an officer, or distinguished himself in some way, he probably won't be mentioned by name in those records. Despite the rhetoric of egalite and so forth, the common man usually didn't qualify for much ink.
As for finding veterans groups, I suspect you won't. These guys are all dead, you know. ;)

Good luck.