Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
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|Record Type||Compiled Service Records|
|Record Group||RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office|
|Microfilm Publication||M397. Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Kentucky. 515 rolls.|
|National Archives Identifier||423|
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can This Collection Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes Civil War Service records of Union Soldiers from 1861 to 1865.
Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Kentucky. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:
- Muster rolls
- Appointment books
- Hospital registers
- Union prison registers and rolls
- Parole rolls
- Inspection reports
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. 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 M397. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (previously Footnote.com).
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.
|This collection contains searchable content in the NARA Catalog. They can be accessed by clicking on the National Archives identifier in the Record Description. Once inside the Catalog, click on the "Search Within This Series".|
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What Can This Collection Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The index to these records contains the following:
- Jacket name
- Soldier’s full name
- Year(s) of service
- Age (often estimated)
- Military unit and rank
- Links to additional documents
- Type of records in file
- NARA publication number, title, and roll number
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
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, 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 the collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the soldier
- The approximate age of the soldier
- The military unit in which the soldier served
- The rank of the soldier
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. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
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.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- 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 the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
- Search the records of nearby military units
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Kentucky.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning United States Civil War Research
- Locating a Union Civil War Soldier (1861-1865)
- Kentucky Guided Research
- Kentucky Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Kentucky
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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