Maine Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862-1865 (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Maine Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862-1865
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|Maine, United States|
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|Location of Maine|
|Record Type||Civil War Enlistment Papers|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection will include enlistment papers for Maine people who were in the Civil War from 1862-1865
Index and images of enlistment papers from the Civil War acquire from the Maine State Archives in Augusta.
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To Browse This Collection
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
Enlistment records may contain the following information:
- Name of soldier
- Birth place
- Residence, town and county
- Date of enlistment
- Marital status
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the soldier
- The residence, at the time of enlistment in Maine
- Military unit or units from the Civil War
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View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the Type of Service
- Select the Military Unit
- Select the District Number to view the images.
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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 estimated age to calculate a birth date from the date of the application
- Use the soldier's age and residence to find his family in census, church, and land records
- Use the military service information to obtain a copy of history service and pension file
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?
- Check for variant spellings of the names
- Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
- Search the records of nearby localities (or military unties, counties, parishes, etc.)
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
- Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
- 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
- If your ancestor used multiple names throughout their life, look for all their names
- Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
"Maine, Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862-1865." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Maine State Archives, Augusta.
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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