United States, Civil War Confederate Applications for Pardons (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
The records cover the years 1865 to 1867.  
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The collection consists of applications for pardons, 1865-1867, submitted to President Andrew Johnson by former Confederates excluded from the proclamation of May 29, 1865. The case files include affidavits, oaths of allegiance, recommendation for clemency, and other papers. This collection is part of RG 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office,1780 - 1917,&nbsp;National Archives Microfilm Publication M1003. The index is courtesy of Fold3 (formerly Footnote).  
  
== Record Description  ==
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During the Civil War, Federal officials recognized a need for new laws to deal with the rebellious acts of large parts of the Southern population. Congress passed acts on July 31, 1861 (12 Stat. 284), and July 17, 1862 (12 Stat. 589), that fixed penalties for the lesser crimes of "conspiracy" and "rebellion." The second act also provided for future pardon and amnesty "to any persons who may have participated in the existing rebellion . . . with such exceptions and at such time and on such conditions as he may deem expedient for the public welfare."
  
The collection consists of applications for pardons, 1865-1867, submitted to President Andrew Johnson by former Confederates excluded from the proclamation of May 29, 1865. The case files include affidavits, oaths of allegiance, recommendation for clemency, and other papers. This collection is part of RG 94, Records of the Adjutany General's Office,1780 - 1917,&nbsp;National Archives Microfilm Publication M1003. The index is courtesy of Fold3 (formerly Footnote).  
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The first amnesty proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on December 8, 1863. It extended pardon to person taking an oath to support the Constitution and the Union and to abide by all Federal laws and proclamations in reference to slavery made during the period of the rebellion.  
  
During the Civil War, Federal officials recognized a need for new laws to deal with the rebellious acts of large parts of the Southern population. Congress passed acts on July 31, 1861 (12 Stat. 284), and July 17, 1862 (12 Stat. 589), that fixed penalties for the lesser crimes of "conspiracy" and "rebellion." The second act also provided for future pardon and amnesty "to any persons who may have participated in the existing rebellion . . . with such exceptions and at such time and on such conditions as he may deem expedient for the public welfare.
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The records were created to track those who applied for amnesty. The records are generally reliable.  
  
The first amnesty proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on December 8, 1863. It extended pardon to person taking an oath to support the Constitution and the Union and to abide by all Federal laws and proclamations in reference to slavery made during the period of the rebellion. 
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
== Citation for This Collection  ==
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States, Civil War Confederate Applications for Pardons, 1865-1867" Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Case Files of Applications from Former Confederates for Presidential Pardons ('Amnesty Papers'), 1865-1867." <i>Fold3.com</i>. http://www.fold3.com : n.d.}}
  
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== Record Content  ==
 
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=== Record Content  ===
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The index includes the following information:  
 
The index includes the following information:  
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*The residence
 
*The residence
  
==== Check the surname index ====
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=== Search the Collection ===
  
Name indexes make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned. Search the index for your ancestor. If you find you ancestor’s name in the index, make note of the page or image number listed.  
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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:
  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*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.
  
Search the records for the pages or images you listed while searching the index. Compare the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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=== Using the Information  ===
  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:  
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*Use the place or residence to locate church and land records.
 
*Use the place or residence to locate church and land records.
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
 
*Remember to search for all known names including nicknames and aliases.  
 
*Remember to search for all known names including nicknames and aliases.  
 
*Compile the entries for all people who have the same surname as your ancestor, as they may be relatives.  
 
*Compile the entries for all people who have the same surname as your ancestor, as they may be relatives.  
 
*Occupations or businesses may be leads to additional records such as bank or other military records.
 
*Occupations or businesses may be leads to additional records such as bank or other military records.
 
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
 
 
The records were created to track those who applied for amnesty.
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
The records are generally reliable.
 
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
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==== Citation Examples for Records Found in FamilySearch Historical Collections  ====
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The following are examples of records found in different collections. Please help us by replacing these examples with a citation for a record you have found in this collection.&nbsp;
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*“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
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*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
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*United States, Civil War Confederate Applications for Pardon, 1865-1867" &nbsp;index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org:&nbsp;;accessed 30 September 2011). &nbsp;entry for Edward B Fuller, Mississippi; &nbsp;citing Civil War Records, NARA publication M1003, NARA roll 32; Records of the Adjutant General's Office, Orem, Utah, United States.
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Revision as of 21:21, 30 July 2013

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Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of applications for pardons, 1865-1867, submitted to President Andrew Johnson by former Confederates excluded from the proclamation of May 29, 1865. The case files include affidavits, oaths of allegiance, recommendation for clemency, and other papers. This collection is part of RG 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office,1780 - 1917, National Archives Microfilm Publication M1003. The index is courtesy of Fold3 (formerly Footnote).

During the Civil War, Federal officials recognized a need for new laws to deal with the rebellious acts of large parts of the Southern population. Congress passed acts on July 31, 1861 (12 Stat. 284), and July 17, 1862 (12 Stat. 589), that fixed penalties for the lesser crimes of "conspiracy" and "rebellion." The second act also provided for future pardon and amnesty "to any persons who may have participated in the existing rebellion . . . with such exceptions and at such time and on such conditions as he may deem expedient for the public welfare."

The first amnesty proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on December 8, 1863. It extended pardon to person taking an oath to support the Constitution and the Union and to abide by all Federal laws and proclamations in reference to slavery made during the period of the rebellion.

The records were created to track those who applied for amnesty. The records are generally reliable.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"United States, Civil War Confederate Applications for Pardons, 1865-1867" Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Case Files of Applications from Former Confederates for Presidential Pardons ('Amnesty Papers'), 1865-1867." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The index includes the following information:

  • Petitioner Name
  • Date
  • Place or Residence
  • Fold3 (footnote) ID
  • NARA Roll Number

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the person, including nicknames or alias names
  • The approximate date
  • The residence

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.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the name, date, and place or residence, to find the ancestor or family in census records.
  • Use the place or residence to locate church and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Remember to search for all known names including nicknames and aliases.
  • Compile the entries for all people who have the same surname as your ancestor, as they may be relatives.
  • Occupations or businesses may be leads to additional records such as bank or other military records.

Related Websites

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