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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
The collection consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations raised by the Confederate Government. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:  
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The collection consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations raised by the Confederate Government for the years 1861 to 1865. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:  
  
 
*Muster rolls  
 
*Muster rolls  
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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 M258. Index courtesy of [http://www.fold3.com www.fold3.com] (previously known as Footnote.com).  
 
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 M258. Index courtesy of [http://www.fold3.com www.fold3.com] (previously known as Footnote.com).  
 
The records cover the years 1861 to 1865.&nbsp;
 
 
This index was created to provide quick access to compiled service records.
 
 
<br>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.
 
  
 
== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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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.
 
*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 [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].  
  
 
=== Using the Information  ===
 
=== Using the Information  ===
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
 
=== 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.  
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*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.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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*You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
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*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
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*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 that may be your ancestor.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
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== How You Can Contribute ==
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Citations for This Collection ==
  
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.  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.  
  
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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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "United States, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations Raised Directly by the Confederate Government." <i>Fold3.com</i>. http://www.fold3.com.}} <br><br>
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations Raised Directly by the Confederate Government." <i>Fold3.com</i>. http://www.fold3.com : n.d.}}
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Latest revision as of 16:18, 13 August 2015

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

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Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations raised by the Confederate Government for the years 1861 to 1865. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:

  • Muster rolls
  • Returns
  • Rosters
  • Payrolls
  • 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 M258. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (previously known as Footnote.com).

Record Content

The records are in individual files and 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 contains the following:

  • Jacket name
  • Soldier’s full name
  • Year
  • Age (often estimated)
  • Military unit served in
  • Type of records in file
  • NARA publication number, title, and roll number

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you need to know

  • The name of your ancestor
  • Other identifying information such as age or military unit where served

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 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 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.
  • 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 that may be your ancestor.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Confederate Service Records

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

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"United States, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations Raised Directly by the Confederate Government." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for United States, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865.


 

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