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The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Tennessee. The records cover the years 1861 to 1865. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:
- Muster rolls
- Appointment books
- Hospital registers
- Union prison registers and rolls
- Parole rolls
- Inspection reports
For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier's surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s - 1917, and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M395. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (Previously known as Footnote.com).
Service records were kept for each soldier. Those records, or their abstracts, were compiled into individual files. Each envelope/jacket contains information and cross references to original records relating to the soldier. The collection covers the years 1861 to 1865.
The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that even though this index is very accurate it still may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.
The records are in individual files which usually include the following:
- A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, rank, and the unit in which he served
- A card (or cards) with abstracts of entries from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, parole rolls, and inspection reports
- The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier
Each file usually contains:
- Jacket name
- Soldier’s full name and rank
- Date and place where mustered-in for service and by whom
- Company and regiment in which served
- Age (often estimated)
- Length of time for service
- Type of records in file
- NARA publication number, title, and roll number
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know
- The name of your ancestor
- Some other identifying information such as age or company and regiment.
Search the Collection
To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s service record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
- Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
- Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities and military units.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Tennessee, Civil War items in the FamilySearch Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Tennessee Archives and Libraries. For additional information about this state see the wiki article Tennessee Genealogy.|
Related Wiki Articles
- Union Service Records
- Tennessee in the Civil War
- Tennessee Military Records
- United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 1
- United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 2
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Citations for This Collection
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- "Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Tennessee." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : 2010.
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