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| micro_pub_title = Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Arkansas  
 
| micro_pub_title = Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Arkansas  
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| FS_URL_02 =[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837922?collectionNameFilter=false Arkansas Confederate Pensions]   
 
| FS_URL_02 =[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837922?collectionNameFilter=false Arkansas Confederate Pensions]   
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| RW_URL_02 =[http://www.ark-ives.com/research/browse-archival-collections.aspx?id=1275 Arkansas State Archives Confederate Home Records]  
 
| RW_URL_02 =[http://www.ark-ives.com/research/browse-archival-collections.aspx?id=1275 Arkansas State Archives Confederate Home Records]  
 
| RW_URL_03 =[http://www.ark-ives.com/research/browse-archival-collections.aspx?id=1265 Arkansas State Archives Muster Rolls, Rosters and Lists]  
 
| RW_URL_03 =[http://www.ark-ives.com/research/browse-archival-collections.aspx?id=1265 Arkansas State Archives Muster Rolls, Rosters and Lists]  
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== What is in the Collection? ==
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== What is in This Collection? ==
  
 
This collection includes Civil War service records from 1861 to 1865.  
 
This collection includes Civil War service records from 1861 to 1865.  
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*Inspection reports
 
*Inspection reports
  
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 M317. Index courtesy of [http://www.fold3.com www.fold3.com] (Previously known as Footnote.com).  
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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 M317. Index courtesy of [http://www.fold3.com www.fold3.com] (Previously known as Footnote.com).<br>
  
<br>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.  
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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.  
  
 
This index was created to provide quick access to compiled service records.  
 
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.
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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.<br>
  
== Collection Content ==
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{{Tip|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".}}
 
 
The papers are in separated into individual files which usually include the following:
 
 
 
*A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his 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
 
  
== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
  
 
The index to these records contains the following:  
 
The index to these records contains the following:  
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*NARA publication number, title, and roll number
 
*NARA publication number, title, and roll number
  
== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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The papers are in separated into individual files which usually include the following:
  
To begin your search you will need to know:
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*A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served
*The soldier's name.
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*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 age of the soldier.
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*The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier
*The residence of the soldier.
 
*The name of the military unit in which the soldier served.
 
  
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of the person
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*The location or date of the event
  
'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932365?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Keep in mind:
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=== Search the Index ===
 
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{{Search Collection Link
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
 
 
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/FamilySearch_Search_Tips_and_Tricks FamilySearch Tips and Tricks]].
 
 
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
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. Add this new information to your records of each family.
 
  
=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
*Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
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If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly.  You may want to search for the original record at the [https://www.archives.gov/digitization/digitized-by-partners National Archives and Records Administration].
*Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records.
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=== I Found the Person I was Looking for, What Now? ===
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932387?collectionNameFilter=false Search in the Unfiled papers and slips of Confederate service records. The records were not interfiled in the compiled service records.]
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to find vital records such as, birth, baptism, marriage, and death 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.
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*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*Search for a military pension record
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*If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records  
  
=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
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*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
*Search the records of nearby localities.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names
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=== Record Finder===
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Consult the [[Arkansas Record Finder]] to search other records
  
{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Arkansas, Civil War|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries]]. }}
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
== Citing this Collection ==
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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.
  
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
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;Collection Citation:"Arkansas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865."Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. From "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Arkansas." Database. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. Citing NARA microfilm publication M317. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1961.
  
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{{Collection citation | text = "Arkansas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865."Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. From "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Arkansas." Database. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. Citing NARA microfilm publication M317. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1961.}} <br><br>
 
  
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Record Type Compiled Service records
Record Group RG 109: War Department Collection of Confederate Records
Collection years 1861-1865
Microfilm Publication M317. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Arkansas. 256 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 586957438
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes Civil War service records from 1861 to 1865.

The collection consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Arkansas. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:

  • Muster rolls
  • Returns
  • Rosters
  • Payrolls
  • Appointment books
  • Hospital registers
  • Union prison registers and rolls
  • Parole rolls
  • Inspection reports

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 M317. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (Previously known as 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.

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.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The index to these records contains the following:

  • Jacket name
  • Soldier’s full name
  • Year
  • Age (often estimated)
  • Military unit served in
  • Type of records in file
  • NARA publication number, title, and roll number

The papers are in separated into individual files which usually include the following:

  • A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his 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 person
  • The location or date of the event

Search the Index

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

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?

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the National Archives and Records Administration.

I Found the Person I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find vital records such as, birth, baptism, marriage, and death records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for a military pension record
  • If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • 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 a nearby locality
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Record Finder

Consult the Arkansas Record Finder to search other records

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
"Arkansas, 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 Arkansas." Database. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. Citing NARA microfilm publication M317. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1961.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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