11 May 2011
Civil War Buffs and Volunteers Enlist in Campaign to Publish Millions of Historic Records Online
LAKE CITY—As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, people who had ancestors involved in the conflict can access millions of historical records recently published on the familysearch.org website. And millions more records are coming, as Civil War volunteers enlist in an epoch online campaign over the next five years to provide access to the highly desirable historic documents.
FamilySearch announced the release today of hundreds of millions of online records at the National Genealogical Society conference in
. The collections include service records for both the Confederate and Charleston, South Carolina Union armies, pension records, and more. Some of these records have been available for some time but are now being added to familysearch.org/civilwar as part of this project.
Here is just a sampling of what is available:
, Service Records of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War, 1861-1863 Arizona
Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929 Arkansas
· Civil War Pension Index
Confederate Pensions 1898-1950 Louisiana
Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers’ Home Admission Applications Missouri
Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers ( South Carolina M267) NARA
Probate 1671-1977 South Carolina
Probate Records, Files, and Loose Papers, 1732-1964 South Carolina
, 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows United States
· United States, Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904
, Union Provost Marshall Files of Papers Relating to Two or More Civilians, 1861-1866 United States
, Union Provost Marshall's File of Papers Relating to Individual Civilians, 1861-1866 United States
Civil War Soldiers Index 1855-1865 U.S.
Navy Widows’ Certificates, 1861-1910 ( U.S. M1279) NARA
, Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914U.S., U.S.
· Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933
Enrolled Militia, 1861-1867 Vermont
“These records are significant because nearly every family in the
at that time was impacted either directly or indirectly by the war,” FamilySearch project manager Ken Nelson said. United States
“Each soldier has a story to tell based on what his unique experience was during the war. Each family has their own story to tell. This is the paper trail that tells the stories about that period in our nation’s history,” Nelson said.
Many of the records are specific to the war itself, such as enlistment or pension records. These documents can provide key family data, including age, place of birth, or the name of a spouse. Other collections, such as census records, tell the story of ordinary civilians who lived during that turbulent time. Even a local or state death record far away from the battlefront may contain death information on a soldier that was submitted by a family member back home…
Read the rest of the press release.
Editor’s Note: Besides providing access to Civil War records, the site provides access to: Faces of the Civil War, FamilySearch Wiki and Research Courses (e.g. Civil War Ge
nealogical Research, Finding the Slave Generation, and more)
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