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  1. The Civil War 1861 to 1865 The Civil War was fought between the Northern and the Southern states. Approximately 3.5 million soldiers fought in the war. The war resulted in almost 600,000 deaths and affected nearly every family in those regions of the country.

  2. The Civil War 1861 to 1865 Internet Web Sites: National Archives www.nara.gov/genealogy/civilwar.html Cyndi’s List www.cydislist.com/cw.htm National Park Service www.itd.nps.gov/cwss

  3. National Park Service www.itd.nps.gov/cwss Contains: • Basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War • References that identify the sources of the information in the database • Suggestions for where to find additional information • A search of the 235,000 name“US Colored Troops” database

  4. Union Soldier Quick Start

  5. Union Service Records There is no mass index for Union Service Records. Each state has its own index. • See pages 24, 25, 26 and 27 in US Military Research Outline. • Use the computer numbers to locate the alphabetical index for each state. • All records are filmed by FHL.

  6. Union Pension Records General Index to Pension Files, 1861 – 1934. Computer number 245945. • 544 rolls of microfilm • Arranged by the veteran’s or widow’s name and his unit, rank, date and application number, certificate number (if accepted) and state of filing. See page 28 in US Military Research Outline

  7. Union Pension Records The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) • The major veteran’s organization after the war. • In the 1890s, there were about 400,000 members. • Internet:http://suvcw.org/research.htm

  8. Confederate Soldier Quick Start

  9. Confederate Service Records The compiled service records for Confederate soldiers have been indexed and microfilmed. Consolidated Index to Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers. FHL Films 191127 – 661; Computer number: 323922. The records have also been indexed by state. See page 33 in US Military Research Outline.

  10. Confederate Service Records Index to Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations Raised Directly by the Confederate Government and of Confederate General and Staff Officers and Nonregimental Enlisted Men. • FHL Films 1205310– 35 • Computer number: 328740.

  11. Confederate Pension Records Pensions were granted by the former confederate states to veterans, widows, and orphans. The Family History Library has an excellent collection of these records. • See pages 35 – 36 in US Military Research Outline. • Also, see the military records listed under each state in the FHLC.

  12. Military CD’s Military Records: War of 1812 Muster Rolls • 580,000 fully-searchable records, including: • Name • Company • Rank at induction • Discharge

  13. Military CD’s Military Records: Revolutionary War Muster Rolls • 426,000 fully-searchable records, including: • Name • Rank • Roll numbers

  14. Military CD’s Military Records: Civil War Service Records • 5.3 million records on 3 discs. S-T surnames not included. • Fully-searchable. Includes: • Name • Company • Unit • Rank at induction Discharge

  15. 20th Century Quick Start

  16. Military CD’s Military Records: World War II and Korean Conflict Overseas Interments. • 160,000 records from 1940 – 1995 • 152,338 from 1941-1946 • 6,038 from 1950-1953

  17. To Order Records from NARA National Archives and Records Admin. 8th and Pennsylvania Ave. N. W. Washington, D. C. 20408 Telephone 202-501-5400 Internet: http://www.archives.gov

  18. To Order Records from National Personnel Records Center 9700 Page Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63132 Internet: www.archives.gov/regional/mpr.html

  19. Summary of Military Records: Each male on your pedigree chart should be analyzed to see if he could have served in a particular war. The information, if found, is invaluable to your research.

  20. The End