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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Alabama Genealogy|Alabama]]''
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|title=Alabama, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
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| title=Alabama Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865  
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| record_type = Compiled Service records
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| start_year = 1861
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| end_year =1865
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| micro_pub_nr = M276
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| micro_pub_title = Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama 
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| FS_URL_01 =[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1919699?collectionNameFilter=true General Pension Index]
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| FS_URL_05 =[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1913388?collectionNameFilter=false Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans]
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| FS_URL_06 =[[Alabama in the Civil War]]
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| FS_URL_07 =[[Union Service Records|Union Service Records]]
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| FS_URL_08 =[[Alabama Military Records|Alabama Military Records]]
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| FS_URL_09 =[[United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 1|United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865, Part 1]]   
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| FS_URL_10 =[[United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 2|United States Civil War, 1861-1865, Part 2]]
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| FS_URL_11 =[[ Alabama Archives and Libraries]]
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| RW_URL_01 =[http://www.archives.alabama.gov/civilwar/index.cfm Civil War Service Cards File Alabama Department of Archives and History] 
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| RW_URL_02 =[http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
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| RW_URL_03 =[http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($) Searchable Civil War service records 
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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
This Collection will include records from 1861 to 1865.<br>  
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This collection will include records from 1861 to 1865.<br>  
  
The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Alabama. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:  
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The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in the First Regiment of Alabama Cavalry. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:  
  
 
*Muster rolls  
 
*Muster rolls  
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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 M276. 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 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s - 1917, and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M276. Index courtesy of [http://www.fold3.com www.fold3.com] (Previously known as Footnote.com).  
  
The records cover the years 1861 to 1865.&nbsp;  
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The records cover the years 1861 to 1865.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp;  
 
 
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.&nbsp;  
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
=== 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 = "Alabama, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3 : 2012.}}
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
  
The records are in individual files which usually include the following:
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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.
  
*A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, rank, and the unit in which he served
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
*A card (or cards) with abstracts of entries from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, parole rolls, and inspection reports
 
*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 these records contains the following  
  
 
*Jacket name  
 
*Jacket name  
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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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And usually include the following:
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*A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, rank, and the unit in which he served
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*A card (or cards) with abstracts of entries from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, parole rolls, and inspection reports
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*The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier
  
'''To search this collection using the index:'''
 
  
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.
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of the individual
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*The age
  
<br> 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.
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=== Search the Index ===
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Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932389 Collection Page].
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#Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
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#Click '''Search''' to show possible matches
  
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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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
'''For example:'''
 
  
*Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
*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.
 
*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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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
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*Use the information to find additional family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Alabama Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*[http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]  
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? === 
*[http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($) Searchable Civil War service records
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.  Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search. 
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Alabama, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=356&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Alabama%22%20%2Bkeywords%3AmarriageFamilySearch Library Catalog] .
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
*[[Union Service Records|Union Service Records]]
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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> '''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Alabama, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865" Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. From "Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama." <i>Fold3.com</i>. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. NARA microfilm publication M276. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1964.}} <br><br>
*[[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, 1861-1865, Part 2]]
 
*[[Alabama|Alabama]]
 
*[[Alabama Military Records|Alabama Military Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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{{Contributor_invite}}
 
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''[[Alabama_Civil_War_Service_Records_of_Union_Soldiers_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#top|Top of Page]]'''
  
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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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
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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{{Contributor_invite}}
  
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Compiled Service records
Record Group RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office
Collection years 1861-1865
Microfilm Publication M276. Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama. 10 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 300398
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
  • Ancestry ($) Searchable Civil War service records
Archive
National Archives and Records Administration


What is in the Collection?

This collection will include records from 1861 to 1865.

The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in the First Regiment of Alabama Cavalry. 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 M276. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (Previously known as Footnote.com).

The records cover the years 1861 to 1865.  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 these Records Tell Me?

The index to these records contains the following

  • Jacket name
  • Soldier’s full name
  • Year
  • Age (often estimated)
  • Military unit served in
  • Type of records in file
  • NARA publication number, title, and roll number

And usually include the following:

  • A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, 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, parole rolls, and inspection reports
  • The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier


How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The age

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Alabama, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Library Catalog .

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:

"Alabama, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865" Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. From "Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. NARA microfilm publication M276. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1964.

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 Union Soldiers, 1861-1865.


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