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Because the rolls are arranged in a folder system, not by soldiers' names, it is helpful to have some understanding of the structure. The following description of the arrangement of these records is provided by NARA:
The records reproduced in this microfilm publication are arranged by numbered folders ("jackets") under three broad categories: individual States (arranged alphabetically), "Continental Troops," and "Miscellaneous." Units arranged under individual States include regular units of the Continental Army raised in a State plus elements of its militia and volunteer. Within each State grouping, numbered units (arranged numerically) generally precede named units (arranged generally alphabetically). Although Vermont was not organized as a State until 1791, units raised in that State are arranged separately in this section under "Vermont."
Units arranged under "Continental Troops" consist primarily of specialized units created by the Continental Congress, infantry regiments organized as a result of the Continental Congress resolutions of 1776, and units raised in more than one State. "Continental Troops" are arranged in four parts: (1) cavalry, artillery, and artificer units, arranged by type of unit, with numbered units usually preceding named units; (2) numbered infantry regiments of 1776, arranged numerically; (3) "additional regiments," arranged alphabetically by unit name; and (4) miscellaneous units, arranged alphabetically by name. The latter include, among others, the Commander in Chief's Guard, the German Regiment, and a company of Delaware Indians.
The section designated "Miscellaneous" is reserved for the returns of units larger than a regiment and for special returns not easily classified under another designation. They include returns of the French Army under Count Rochambeau, arranged chronologically; brigade, division, and army returns, arranged by organization and thereunder chronologically; and general returns of Washington's Army, also arranged chronologically. Special returns include those of the Hospital and Quartermaster General's Departments, arranged by department and thereunder chronologically; guard reports; and prisoner-of-war lists.
Records of individual regiments, whether State or Continental' are arranged so that regimental rolls precede company rolls. Thereunder, the rolls are arranged by type, with muster rolls first, payrolls second, and various miscellaneous rolls last.
Because Continental Army units were frequently reorganized, there are sometimes severalseries of jackets for the different reorganizations, each bearing the same number or name designation. When the records for each reorganization were maintained separately, the year of original formation is often included in the title. The New York records, for instance, include a 1st Regiment, 1775; a 1st Regiment, 1776; and a 1st Regiment, 1777-83. When a consolidation of several regiments was made, the new unit designation sometimes reflected the combined designations of the several regiments involved; e.g., a Virginia unit that was designated the "4th, 8th, and 12th Regiment."