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=== Union Navy in the Civil War  ===
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The original content for this article was contributed and update by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their courses Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started, Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding, Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies, Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording, Methodology - Part 5: How To Prove It, and Methodology - Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice, by Louise St Denis, Brenda Dougall Merriman and Dr. Penelope Christensen. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses. ________________________________________
  
[http://history-sites.com/~kjones/navy.html Index of Civil War Naval Forces Confederate and Union Ships], Ken Jones, (accessed 13 January 2012) has links to general information about the Confederate and Union navies, including bibliography, images, histories, ways to obtain records, etc.
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RECORDING YOUR INFORMATION
  
==== Organization of Line Officers During the Civil War<br>  ====
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The Family Group Record
  
To command Squadrons = Flag Officers<br>
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The next form I would like to introduce, the Family Group Record (or Individual Family Form), records all the information about an individual family. When completing any form, be as accurate as possible.
  
To command single vessels = Commodores, Captains, Commanders, and Lieutenants-Commanding
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Don’t leave out any information that you know. Keep in mind that although your memory may be good, you will accumulate so much information that you will forget details. Write down everything and anything that comes to mind, even if you do not think it is important at this time.
  
Lieutenants
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Use the back of the form for general information. Indicate who told you something and where you found this information. If you need to return to this source of information months later, you won’t need to guess where it came from. A suggestion: always use a pencil, you will probably make many changes along the way.
  
Masters
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On the Family Group chart, write down your fathers’ name, his date and place of birth, his christening/baptism (if available), date and place of marriage, and if deceased, his date and place of death and burial. You will provide the same information for your mother. Next, list in order of birth, their children with the date of birth and christening and location of each. If your parents have had children who died at a very young age, you should also indicate their names and dates and location of birth, christening, death and burial.
  
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Family Group charts vary, so choose a chart that works for you. Your handwriting may also be a factor. How small can you write yet still maintaining legibility. The most important factor is consistency. So, choose the format your prefer and be consistent in your recording method.
  
Midshipmen
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What about adopted children and stepchildren? With any search we undertake, we must be very careful to consider people’s feelings. If a child is always treated as a son or daughter, include them. I would encourage you though, in your own records, to correctly indicate all situations. Your material may be used generations from now and we must try to make our research tell as much information as possible and, more importantly, be as accurate as possible.
  
Cadets
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Another touchy area is that of divorces or children given for adoption. Again for your records you should state the information accurately but, prior to presenting your work to other relatives, you may want to ask the person involved how they wish to have the situation handled. Be sensitive to how others may feel.
  
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To come back to our form, the next step is to start a new page for each married child on the list.
  
Seaman
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Complete it in the same manner you completed the one for your parents. Next, work backwards, making up forms for your grandparents and aunts and uncles. Follow this same procedure for your great-grandparents, great-aunts, great-uncles, etc.
  
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Continue using your miniature tree as a guide so that when you are done everyone who is listed on your miniature tree will also appear on two of these forms, once as a child, and once as a parent. I must emphasize that these are work sheets, so write lots of notes. List unanswered questions. On the back of the form write down any general information.
  
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You will want to breathe life into your family history, have it tell the story of your people. If there are interesting family anecdotes, write them down indicating who told you or gave you this interesting information. Later on, you may wish to ask that person more questions.
  
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Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online courses Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started, Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding, Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies, Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording, Methodology - Part 5: How To Prove It, and Methodology - Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about this course or other courses available from the Institute, see our website at http://www.genealogicalstudies.com. We can be contacted at wiki@genealogicalstudies.com
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We welcome updates and additions to this Wiki page.
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==== Union Navy Ships  ====
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[http://history-sites.com/~kjones/USNavy.html Index of Civil War Naval Forces - Union Ships], Ken Jones, (accessed 13 January 2012) has an alphabetical list of ships with links to brief notes about the ships and pictures of some ships.<br>
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Naval Historical Center has brief histories and photos.
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A. Houghton, February 19, 1862 to June 9, 1865
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Abeona, April 12 to July 31, 1865
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Acacia, December 8, 1863 to May 12, 1865
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Adirondack, June 30 to July 19, 1862
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Admiral (Fort Morgan), February 5 to October 2, 1864
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Adolph Hugel, January 11, 1862 to June 17, 1865 <br>
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=== African American Civil War Sailors  ===
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About 18,000 African American sailors served in the Union Navy during the Civil War, including more than a dozen women. This was approximately 15% of all those serving in the Navy.&nbsp; They served on almost every one of the almost 700 Navy vessels.&nbsp; Eight earned the Medal of Honor for their heroism.<ref>Department of the Navy, Naval History and Heritage Command, [http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/news/news20-12.htm Press Release: 18,000 African American Civil War Sailors Identified], 8 November 2000, (accessed 13 January 2012).</ref>
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This [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/sailors_index.html sailors' database] is name searchable. The results list gives age, complexion, occupation, and home. When the name is clidked, the personal information also gives place of birth, height, place and date of enlistment, term of enlistment, rating, date on muster records, and name of vessel.
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[http://www.history.navy.mil/library/guides/zofilelist.htm#squ Files in the Navy Department Library], 805 Kidder Breese SE, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC 20374-5060. The records can only be used in the library.<br>
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Civil War - General Information <br>Civil War - Confederate States Navy <br>Civil War - Confederate States Navy Index to Shipping Articles <br>Civil War - Confederate Papers Concerning River Defense Fleet, Virginia Volunteer Navy Company, etc. <br>Civil War - Blockade Runners <br>Civil War - Battle of Hampton Roads <br>Civil War - Evansville Steamboats <br>Civil War - The Journal of Joshua Warren, 1861-1865 (written in 1892) <br>Civil War - Engagement Between USS Kearsarge and CSS Alabama <br>Civil War - Battle of Mobile Bay <br>Civil War- Capture of Plymouth, North Carolina <br>Civil War - Manuscript on Vermont Participants
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Revision as of 17:30, 25 October 2013

The original content for this article was contributed and update by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their courses Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started, Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding, Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies, Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording, Methodology - Part 5: How To Prove It, and Methodology - Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice, by Louise St Denis, Brenda Dougall Merriman and Dr. Penelope Christensen. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses. ________________________________________

RECORDING YOUR INFORMATION

The Family Group Record

The next form I would like to introduce, the Family Group Record (or Individual Family Form), records all the information about an individual family. When completing any form, be as accurate as possible.

Don’t leave out any information that you know. Keep in mind that although your memory may be good, you will accumulate so much information that you will forget details. Write down everything and anything that comes to mind, even if you do not think it is important at this time.

Use the back of the form for general information. Indicate who told you something and where you found this information. If you need to return to this source of information months later, you won’t need to guess where it came from. A suggestion: always use a pencil, you will probably make many changes along the way.

On the Family Group chart, write down your fathers’ name, his date and place of birth, his christening/baptism (if available), date and place of marriage, and if deceased, his date and place of death and burial. You will provide the same information for your mother. Next, list in order of birth, their children with the date of birth and christening and location of each. If your parents have had children who died at a very young age, you should also indicate their names and dates and location of birth, christening, death and burial.

Family Group charts vary, so choose a chart that works for you. Your handwriting may also be a factor. How small can you write yet still maintaining legibility. The most important factor is consistency. So, choose the format your prefer and be consistent in your recording method.

What about adopted children and stepchildren? With any search we undertake, we must be very careful to consider people’s feelings. If a child is always treated as a son or daughter, include them. I would encourage you though, in your own records, to correctly indicate all situations. Your material may be used generations from now and we must try to make our research tell as much information as possible and, more importantly, be as accurate as possible.

Another touchy area is that of divorces or children given for adoption. Again for your records you should state the information accurately but, prior to presenting your work to other relatives, you may want to ask the person involved how they wish to have the situation handled. Be sensitive to how others may feel.

To come back to our form, the next step is to start a new page for each married child on the list.

Complete it in the same manner you completed the one for your parents. Next, work backwards, making up forms for your grandparents and aunts and uncles. Follow this same procedure for your great-grandparents, great-aunts, great-uncles, etc.

Continue using your miniature tree as a guide so that when you are done everyone who is listed on your miniature tree will also appear on two of these forms, once as a child, and once as a parent. I must emphasize that these are work sheets, so write lots of notes. List unanswered questions. On the back of the form write down any general information.

You will want to breathe life into your family history, have it tell the story of your people. If there are interesting family anecdotes, write them down indicating who told you or gave you this interesting information. Later on, you may wish to ask that person more questions.

________________________________________ Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online courses Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started, Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding, Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies, Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording, Methodology - Part 5: How To Prove It, and Methodology - Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about this course or other courses available from the Institute, see our website at http://www.genealogicalstudies.com. We can be contacted at wiki@genealogicalstudies.com

We welcome updates and additions to this Wiki page.