Georgia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Georgia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
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|Georgia, United States|
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|Flag of the United States at the outbreak of the civil war|
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|Record Type||Compiled Service records|
|Record Group||RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office|
|Microfilm Publication||M403. Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Georgia. 1 rolls.|
|National Archives and Records Administration|
- 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
- 6 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection includes Civil War Union Service records from 1861 to 1865.
The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in the First Battalion of Georgia Infantry. 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 M403. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (previously Footnote.com).
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:
- Jacket name
- Soldier's full name
- Year(s) served
- Age (often estimated)
- Military Unit in which served
- Type of records in file
- NARA Publication number, title and roll number
The records are in individual files which 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, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, and inspection reports
- The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the individual
- The date of the event or estimated age
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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. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the locator information found in the index (such as roll number and the unit served in) to locate your ancestors in the service records
- Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records
I Can’t Find the Person 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
- 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
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Georgia.
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying you sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
- "Georgia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Georgia." Database. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. Citing NARA microfilm publication M403. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1962.
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