South Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 What If I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Related Web Sites
- 8 Related Wiki Articles
- 9 How You Can Contribute
- 10 Citing this Collection
What is in the Collection?
This Collection includes records from 1861 to 1865.
This is an index to the compiled Civil War service records for approximately 50,000 soldiers who served in organizations from South Carolina. The records indexed are from the National Archives and Records Administration, publication M267.
Most Civil War service records were created by the state as the Confederacy had no provision for a unified military force.
Most Confederate service record index entries contain the following information:
- Name of soldier
- Soldier's rank, company and regiment in which served
- Date and place of enlistment
- Time period of enlistment
- Reason for detachment
- NARA publication number, title, and roll number
- Sometimes, an estimated year of birth
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- Other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date
Search the Collection
To search the collection by name:
Fill in the requested information 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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. 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.
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What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:
- 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.
What If I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the records of nearby military units.
- 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.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword South Carolina, Civil War items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article South Carolina Archives and Libraries. For additional information about this state see the wiki article South Carolina Genealogy.|
Known Issues with This Collection
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Related Web Sites
- National Archives Collection Description
- South Carolina Department of Archives and History Confederate Military Records
- Civil War Soldier Search
Related Wiki Articles
- Confederate Service Records
- South Carolina Military Records
- South Carolina in the Civil War
- United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 1
- United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 2
How You Can Contribute
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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.
- "South Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of South Carolina." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : 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 South Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865.|