Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
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|Arkansas, United States|
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|Record Type||Compiled Service records|
|Record Group||RG 109: War Department Collection of Confederate Records|
|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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- 1 What Is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
- 6 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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
- 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
- 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?
You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- Name of the person
- The location or date of the event
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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.
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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 Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation below in the Citing This Collection section. It's always a good idea to keep your citation on a Research Log. This is an important tool to help keep track of what you have and have not found. Family search wiki has a Example Research Log that you can download and use.
- Use the age or estimated birth date to find county or Arkansas Vital Records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the United States Census, 1860 (FamilySearch Historical Records) or the United States Census, 1870 (FamilySearch Historical Records) or the United States Census, 1880 (FamilySearch Historical Records). Search the state censuses as well.
- Use the information found in the record to find United States, Internal Revenue Assessment Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records).
- Use the information found in the record to find United States, Bureau of Land Management Tract Books (FamilySearch Historical Records).
- Search for death or burial information in BillionGraves Index or at Find A Grave.
- If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records as well.
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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. Try searching for these names as well.
- Check the infobox above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
Citing This Collection
A citation is a note that shows where you found information. Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Using citations allow others to find the same records. Below are the proper citations to use for this whole collection as well as for individual records.
- "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.
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