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Record Description

This collection contains images of naval and marine service records, consisting of card abstracts of vessel papers, pay rolls, muster rolls, hospital and prison records including some original documents relating to service in the Confederate Navy and Marine Corps. This is NARA microfilm publication M260 and is from Record Group 109 War Department Collection of Confederate Records.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Confederate Navy and Marine Service Records, 1861-1865.

Record Content

Information varies between individual records. They may include:
  • Name of serviceman
  • Name of vessel where served
  • When and where captured
  • When and where confined
  • When exchanged
  • Register number and page
  • Remarks which may include death and burial details

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know

  • The name of your ancestor
  • Other identifying information such as where held captive

Search the Collection

To search the collection
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Document Type"
⇒Select the "Surname Letter Range"; which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images 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.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details and leads to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

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.
  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
  • 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.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.

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How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citations for This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"United States, Confederate Navy and Marine Service Records, 1861-1865." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing NARA microfilm publication M260. National Archives, Washington D.C.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Confederate Navy and Marine Service Records, 1861-1865.


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