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The collection consists of approximately 650,000 vouchers and other documents pertaining to goods and services rendered to the Confederate Government by individuals and businesses. The collection is arranged alphabetically in over 350,000 jackets. The collection is located in RG 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M346. The index is courtesy of Fold3 (formerly Footnote).
Most of these documents were created or received by the Confederate War and Treasury Departments. After the Civil War they were in the custody of the US War Department. These were later assembled by the Confederate Archives Division of the Adjutant General’s Office and used to establish the disloyalty of claimants seeking restitution after the war.
The records were created to document services and goods which aided the Confederate cause. The records are generally reliable.
The index includes the following information:
- Name of Individual
- Business Name
- Document Number
- Document Type (Citizen or Business)
- Fold3 (Footnote) ID
- NARA Roll Number
How to Use the Record
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- The name of the person, including nicknames or alias names
- The approximate date
- The residence
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- Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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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.
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Using the Information
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- 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 every person who has 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 Wiki Articles
- Confederate Citizens File
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865
- United States, Civil War Confederate Applications for Pardons (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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- "United States, Civil War Confederate Papers of Citizens or Businesses, 1861-1865." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Confederate Papers Relating to Citizens or Business Firms, 1861-1865." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d.