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The collection consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from North Carolina. 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 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M270. Index courtesy of fold3.com (previously Footnote.com).
Service records were kept for each Confederate 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 records cover the years 1861 to 1865. This index was created to provide quick access to compiled service records. 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, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, and inspection reports
The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier. The index to these records may contain all of the following:
- Soldier’s full name
- Rank, company and unit in which served
- Year(s) of service
- Age (sometimes estimated)
- Date and place of enlistment
- By whom enlisted
- 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 following:
- Other identifying information such as age and years of service
Search the Collection
To search by index:
Fill in the requested information 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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. 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.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
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 children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- Keep in mind that 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.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby states.
- 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 with the same family number.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword North Carolina, 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 North Carolina Archives and Libraries. For additional information about this state see the wiki article North Carolina Genealogy.|
- National Archives Collection Description
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
- Civil War Soldier Search - Confederate Service Records
- Ancestry ($) Searchable Civil War service records
Related Wiki Articles
- Confederate Service Records
- North Carolina Military Records
- North Carolina in the Civil War
- 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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- "North Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. CitingFold3.com. http://www.fold3.com.
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