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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.
 
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.
  
== Collection Content ==
 
  
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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*Type of records in file  
 
*Type of records in file  
 
*NARA publication number, title, and roll number
 
*NARA publication number, title, and roll number
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The papers are in separated into individual files which usually include the following:
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*A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served
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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
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*The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier
  
 
== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
 
== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
To begin your search you will need to know:  
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To begin your search you will need to know at least some of the following:  
 
*The soldier's name.  
 
*The soldier's name.  
 
*The age of the soldier.
 
*The age of the soldier.
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*The name of the military unit in which the soldier served.
 
*The name of the military unit in which the soldier served.
  
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor. 
  
'''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 by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932365?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
 
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
 
*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]].
 
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? ==
 
== 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.
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Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
  
 
=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
 
=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
*Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
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*Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.  
*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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*Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
*[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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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.  
*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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*[[Arkansas Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
  
=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
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=== I Can’t Find Who 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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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.  Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
*Search the records of nearby localities.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.  
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Arkansas, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries]].
  
 
== Citing this Collection ==
 
== Citing this Collection ==

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Arkansas, United States
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Record Description
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 the 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 the Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know at least some of the following:

  • The soldier's name.
  • The age of the soldier.
  • The residence of the soldier.
  • The name of the military unit in which the soldier served.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [FamilySearch Tips and Tricks].

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Arkansas, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Arkansas Archives and Libraries.

Citing this Collection

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.

Collection Citation:

"Arkansas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865."Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. 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 (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Arkansas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865.


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