Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
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|Maryland, United States|
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|Record Type||Compiled Service records|
|Record Group||RG 109: War Department Collection of Confederate Records|
|Microfilm Publication||M321. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Maryland. 22 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
- 6 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
The collection consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Maryland 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 M321. Index courtesy of Fold3.com (previously Footnote.com).
Service records were kept for each Confederate 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.
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The index to these records contains the following:
- Name and age of soldier
- Year(s) of service
- Rank and military unit in which served
- Physical description
- Town, county and state of residence
- Prison registers
- Parole rolls
- 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
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 age or other identifying information
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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 and find a birth record
- Use the information to find vital records such as baptism, marriage, and death
- Search for immigration, military, land and probate records
- Use the information to find additional family members in census records
- Search for church records
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Try viewing the original record. Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records
- If you cannot locate your ancestor where you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
- Try variant spellings of your ancestor’s name
- 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 Maryland.
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
- "Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Maryland." Database. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : 2011. Citing NARA microfilm publication M321. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1961.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
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