Georgia Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Compiled Service records
Record Group RG 109: War Department Collection of Confederate Records
Collection years 1861-1865
Microfilm Publication M266. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Georgia. 607 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 586957
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes Civil War Confederate Service records from 1861-1865.

This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

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 M266. Index courtesy of Website (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.


What Can these Records Tell Me?

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 contains the following:

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

How Do I Search the Collection?

To Search the Index to This Collection

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you know. This will provide possible a list of matches. Compare the information in the lists to what you already know to determine if you found the correct person.
  2. Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page


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What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the locator information found in the index (such as roll number and the unit served in) to locate your ancestors in the service records.
  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Georgia, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Georgia Archives and Libraries.


Citing 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:

"Georgia, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865." Database. FamilySearch. Website: accessed 2017. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Georgia." Fold3.com. Website: n.d. NARA microfilm publication M266. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.


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 Georgia, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865.


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