Nebraska Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Nebraska, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 .
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|Nebraska, United States|
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|Record Type||Compiled Service Records|
|Record Group||RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office|
|Microfilm Publication||M1787. Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers who Served In ORganizations from teh Territory of Nebraska. 43 rolls.|
|National Archives Identifier||423|
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in the First Nebraska Cavalry, First Battalion Nebraska Cavalry, Second Nebraska Cavalry- Nine Months, Omaha and Pawnee Scouts. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:
- Muster rolls
- 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 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s - 1917, and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M1787. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (Previously known as Footnote.com).
Service records were kept for each 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.
This index was created to provide quick access to compiled service records. 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.
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
Information found in these records contain the following:
- Soldier’s full name
- Year of service
- Age (often estimated)
- Rank, company and battalion in which served
- Type of records in file
- NARA publication number, title, and roll number
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of the soldier.
- The approximate age of the soldier.
- The years of military service for the soldier.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
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What Do I Do Next?
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.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- 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.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby states.
- 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 with the same family number.
|FHL Place United States, Nebraska items or FHL Keyword Nebraska items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Nebraska Archives and Libraries.|
Citing 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.
- "Nebraska, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865" Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the Territory of Nebraska." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. NARA microfilm publication M1787. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
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 Nebraska, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865.|
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