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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
The records cover the years 1861 to 1865.  
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This Collection will include records from 1861 to 1865.<br>
 
 
== Record Description  ==
 
  
 
The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Louisiana. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:  
 
The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Louisiana. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:  
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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 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s - 1917, and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M396. Index courtesy of [http://www.fold3.com www.fold3.com] (Previously known as Footnote.com).  
 
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 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s - 1917, and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M396. Index courtesy of [http://www.fold3.com www.fold3.com] (Previously known as Footnote.com).  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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Service records were kept for each 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.&nbsp;
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This index was created to provide quick access to compiled service records.
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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. &nbsp;
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Louisiana, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865" Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State Of Louisiana." <i>Fold3.com</i>. http://www.fold3.com : n.d.}}
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== Record Content  ==
  
 
The records are in individual files which usually include the following:  
 
The records are in individual files which usually include the following:  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
Use the locator information found in the index (such as roll number and the unit served in) to locate your ancestors in the service records. Compare the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names. Keep in mind that 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.
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To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
  
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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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.  
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.  
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*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 example:  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
  
*Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
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=== Using the Information  ===
*Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land 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.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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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. For example:
  
== Record History  ==
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*Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
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*Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records.
  
Service records were kept for each 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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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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*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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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
This index was created to provide quick access to compiled service records.  
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*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
 
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.  
 
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865|United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865]]  
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*[[Union Service Records|Union Service Records]]
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*[[United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 1|United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865, Part 1]]
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*[[United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 2|United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865, Part 2]]  
 
*[[Louisiana Military Records|Louisiana Military Records]]
 
*[[Louisiana Military Records|Louisiana Military Records]]
  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
 
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
 
 
 
*“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images,''FamilySearch ''(https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
 
*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, ''FamilySearch ''(https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
 
*"Louisiana, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865" index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 16 September 2011). entry for James Andews, age 23; citing Civil War Records, NARA publication, NARA roll 45; Records of the Adjutant General's Office, Orem, Utah, United States.
 
 
 
== Sources of information for This Collection  ==
 
 
 
<!--bibdescbegin-->"Louisiana, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865." ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org). RG 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917 (M396). Footnote 120,634 digital images. Footnote, Orem, Utah. <!--bibdescend-->
 
 
 
The suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections is found in the following article: [[How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
 
  
 
[[Category:Louisiana|Military Records]]
 
[[Category:Louisiana|Military Records]]

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Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1861 to 1865.

The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Louisiana. 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 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s - 1917, and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M396. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (Previously known as Footnote.com).

Service records were kept for each 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.  

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Louisiana, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865" Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State Of Louisiana." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d.

Record Content

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, parole rolls, and inspection reports
  • The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier

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

How to Use the Record

To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • 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 video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

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. For example:

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • 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.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.