Georgia, Andersonville Prison Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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This collection contains images of records of Federal (Union) prisoners of war confined at Andersonville prison 1864-1865. The collection consists of prison hospital admissions, death and burial records, registers of prison departures, prisoner claims for reimbursements, and consolidated monthly reports. This collection is NARA microfilm publication M1303 and is from Record Group 249 Records of the Commissary General of Prisoners.
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Citation for This Collection
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- "Georgia, Andersonville Prison Records, 1862-1865." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1303. Washington D.C.: National Archives, n.d.
The key genealogical facts vary in these records. However, they generally include the following:
- Name of prisoner
- Date of entry in the report, list, or ledger
- Reason for entry in the repost, list, or ledger
Depending on the list, the following information may also be included:
- Birth date and place
- Death date and place
- Burial date and place
- Cause of death
- Physical description
- Names of relatives or friends
- Enlistment date and place
- Last residence prior to enlistment
- Monies exchanged
- Release or transfer date
How to Use the Record
To begin your search you will need to know the full name of the soldier and some other identifying information such as age, birth, or death date.
If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names. You may also want to search the records of other prisons.
Search the Collection
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⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Document Type"
⇒Select the "Volume, description, date, and range" which takes you to the images
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s 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. This information will often lead you to other records. For example:
- Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.
- Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
- Use the birth date or age along with the prior residence, enlistment place, or place of birth to locate census, church, and land records.
- Place of enlistment or previous residence may lead to other military or pension records. Be aware that Confederate pensions were awarded by the individual states.
- Prisoners who enlisted in the United States military may have service records or pensions from the United States.
You may also find these search tips helpful:
- Compile a list of other prisoners with the same surname. If the surname is uncommon, they may be relatives.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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