United States, Confederate Officers Card Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Civil War
Collection years 1861-1865
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What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of images of index cards of Confederate officers acquired from the Military Order of the Stars and Bars.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Information varies between individual records. They may include:

  • Name of serviceman
  • Name of company
  • Dates of service
  • Rank
  • Death information in killed in action

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate age and birth place of your ancestor
  • The state and county where your ancestor lived
  • The dates of military service


View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Surname range " which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images 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.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details and leads to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

Remember this is only an index. The information found here may lead you to additional information in the collection available at the Mid-continent Public Library in Independence, Missouri.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.
  • If you are unable to find your ancestor look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.

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.
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • 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.


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:

"United States, Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Military Order of the Stars and Bars, Midwest Continent Library, Independence, Missouri.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865.

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