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 Description
Record Type Compiled Service Records
Record Group RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office
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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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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
  • 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 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s - 1917, and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M1787. Index courtesy of (Previously known as

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.

Collection Content

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
  • Some other identifying information such as the age or years of service.

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.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

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I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

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 children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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.
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Don't overlook 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.

Collection Citation

"Nebraska, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865" Database. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the Territory of Nebraska." : 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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