Alabama Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Alabama Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
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|Record Type||Compiled Service|
|Record Group||RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office|
|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|
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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:
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.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The index to these records contains the following
- Jacket name
- Soldier’s full name
- 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 This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the individual
- The age
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- 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 in census records
- Search for a Civil War pension record for the individual
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Check other military records or lists in the county and state where the person served
- 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
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Alabama.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
- Beginning United States Civil War Research
- Locating a Union Civil War Soldier (1861-1865)
- Alabama Guided Research
- Alabama Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Glenda McWhirter Todd. Unionists in the heart of Dixie : 1st Alabama Cavalry, USVWestminster, Maryland : Heritage Books, Inc., 2012-2013
- Glenda McWhirter Todd. First Alabama Cavalry, USA : homage to patriotism Bowie, Maryland : Heritage Books, Inc., c1999. FHL 976.1 M2tg
- Compiled records showing service of military units in volunteer Union organizations Roll 1
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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