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| title= Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865  
 
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== Record Description  ==
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| record_group_title = [http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/109.html War Department Collection of Confederate Records][https://catalog.archives.gov/id/438 Record Group NAID 438]
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| start_year =1861
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| micro_pub_nr =M311
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| micro_pub_title =Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama 
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| FS_URL_01 =[[Alabama in the Civil War]]
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| FS_URL_02 =[[Alabama Military Records|Alabama Military Records]] 
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| FS_URL_03 =[[Confederate Service Records|Confederate Service Records]]
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| FS_URL_04 =[[United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 1|United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 1]] 
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| FS_URL_05 =[[United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 2|United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 2]]
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| FS_URL_06 =[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/630229?availability=Family%20History%20Library FamilySearch Catalog Alabama Confederate Pensions] 
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| FS_URL_07 =[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932387?collectionNameFilter=true Unfiled Papers of Confederate Soldiers] 
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| RW_URL_01 =[http://archives.state.al.us/civilwar/search.cfm Alabama Civil War Service Database Alabama Department of Archives and History]
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| RW_URL_02 =[http://www.archives.alabama.gov/civilwar/index.cfm Civil War Service Cards File Alabama State Department of Archives and History]
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| RW_URL_03 =[http://www.archives.alabama.gov/referenc/alamilor/mil_org.html Historical Sketches of  Alabama Military Units]
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| RW_URL_04 =[http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
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| RW_URL_05 =[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/438 Record Group NAID 438]
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This Collection will include records from 1861 to 1865.<br>
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
The collection consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Alabama. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldiers as found in the following original records:  
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The collection consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Alabama for the years 1861 to 1865. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldiers as found in the following original records:  
  
 
*Muster rolls  
 
*Muster rolls  
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*Inspection reports
 
*Inspection reports
  
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== Collection Content ==
 
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 National Archive Microfilm Publication M311. Index courtesy of [http://www.fold3.com www.fold3.com] (previously known as Footnote.com).  
 
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 National Archive Microfilm Publication M311. Index courtesy of [http://www.fold3.com www.fold3.com] (previously known as 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.  
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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.
 
 
== Citation for This Collection  ==
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
 
 
 
{{Collection citation
 
| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->National Archives and Records Administration. "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama." Index supplied by [https://www.fold3.com Fold3.com].<!--bibdescend-->}}
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
  
The records are in individual files which usually include the following:
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
  
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'''The records''' are in individual files which usually include the following:
 
*A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served  
 
*A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his 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  
 
*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 originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier
  
The index to these records contains the following:  
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'''The index''' to records contains the following:  
 
 
 
*Soldier’s full name  
 
*Soldier’s full name  
 
*Year  
 
*Year  
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*NARA publication number, title, and roll number
 
*NARA publication number, title, and roll number
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of the soldier
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*The age of the solider
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*The residence of the soldier
  
'''To search this collection using the index:'''  
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932139 Collection Page]:'''<br> Fill in the requested information in 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. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
  
Fill in the requested information in 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. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
 
  
Compare the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names. Keep in mind that 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.
 
  
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.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
  
'''For example:'''
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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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.
  
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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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Keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*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.
 
*Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.  
 
*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.  
 
*Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
  
== Related Websites  ==
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
  
*[http://www.civilwarsoldiersearch.com/confederate-service-records.html Civil War Soldier Search] - Confederate Service Records
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
*[http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
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*Search the records of nearby localities.  
*[http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($) Searchable Civil War service records
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Alabama, Civil War|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[Alabama Archives and Libraries]]. }}
  
*[[Confederate Service Records|Confederate Service Records]]
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== Citing this Collection  ==
*[[Alabama|Alabama]]
 
*[[Alabama Military Records|Alabama Military Records]]
 
*[[United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 1|United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 1]]
 
*[[United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 2|United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 2]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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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. <br><br>
  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Arkansas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Arkansas." <i>Fold3.com</i>. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. NARA microfilm publication M311. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1961.}} <br><br>
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
[[Category:Alabama|Military Records]]
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Record Description
Record Type Compiled Service Records
Record Group RG 109: War Department Collection of Confederate RecordsRecord Group NAID 438
Collection years 1861-1865
Microfilm Publication M311. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama. 508 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 586957
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Alabama for the years 1861 to 1865. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldiers 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

Collection Content

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 National Archive Microfilm Publication M311. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (previously known as 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 this Collection Tell Me?

The records are in individual files which usually include the following:

  • A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his 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 records contains the following:

  • Soldier’s full name
  • Year
  • Age (often estimated)
  • Military unit served in
  • 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 age of the solider
  • The residence of the soldier

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in 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. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

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.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the records of nearby localities.

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:

"Arkansas, 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 Arkansas." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. NARA microfilm publication M311. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1961.

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

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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