Louisiana Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Louisiana Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
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|Record Type||Compiled Service records|
|Record Group||RG 109: War Department Collection of Confederate Records|
|Microfilm Publication||M320. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana. 414 rolls.|
|National Archives Identifier||586957|
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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]
The collection consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Louisiana for the years 1861 to 1865.
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 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M320. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (Previously known as Footnote.com).
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.
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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
- Residence in city, county and state
- Year(s) of service
- Age (often estimated)
- Military unit in which soldier served
- Officers' names
- Type of records in file
- Links to additional records
- NARA publication number, title, and roll number
- Muster rolls
- Appointment books
- Hospital registers
- Union prison registers and rolls
- Parole rolls
- Inspection reports
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the person
- The age as a 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]
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the age or estimated birth date to find vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death
- Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
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I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
- 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 Louisiana.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning United States Civil War Research
- Locating a Confederate Civil War Soldier (1861–1865)
- Louisiana Guided Research
- Louisiana Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
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Related Digital Books[edit | edit source]
- Roster of Confederate Soldiers Volume 1
- Roster of Confederate Soldiers Volume 2
- Roster of Confederate Soldiers Volume 3 Book 1
- Roster of Confederate Soldiers Volume 3 Book 2
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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