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New Hampshire, Civil War Service and Pension Records, 1861-1866
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
New Hampshire, United States
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Location of New Hampshire
Record Description
Record Type Muster Rolls and Enlistment Papers
Collection years 1861-1866
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Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

If you have ancestors who lived in New Hampshire who may have served in the armed forces during the Civil War. This article could be used in conjunction with the United States Civil War Soldiers Index.

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection contains Civil War enlistment papers, muster in and out rolls of New Hampshire Regiments and pension records from 1861 to 1866. The records were acquired from the New Hampshire State Archives. The pension records are arranged by town with indexes arranged by name and town. The enlistment papers are arranged by military unit, volume and year range. The muster rolls are arranged by unit name and folder number. This collection includes records from 1861 to 1866.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Civil War Service and Pension

  • Name
  • Birthplace
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Event type, date and place
  • Name of officiator
  • Physical description

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at New Hampshire, Civil War Pension and Service Records, 1861-1866 Digital Folder Number List.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person
  • The birthplace of your ancestor
  • The residence of your ancestor

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the New Hampshire, Civil War Pension and Service Records, 1861-1866 Dgital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images


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]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the residence to search for census records
  • Use the spouse's name to search for marriage records
  • Use the name and service information to obtain all military records, especially the General Pension Index Union pension files are located at the National Archives in Washington D.C.

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 search for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of New Hampshire.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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