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{{Record_Search_article|CID=CID1932407 |title=Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865|location=United States}} <br>  
 
{{Record_Search_article|CID=CID1932407 |title=Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865|location=United States}} <br>  
 
== Collection Time Period  ==
 
 
The records cover the years 1861 to 1865.
 
  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
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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 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s - 1917, and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M384. Index courtesy of [http://www.fold3.com www.fold3.com] (previously 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 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s - 1917, and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M384. Index courtesy of [http://www.fold3.com/institution-index.php Fold 3] (previously Footnote.com). The Collection covers the years 1861 to 1865.  
  
 
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;  
 
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;  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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This index was created to provide quick access to compiled service records.
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original 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.  
  
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=== Citation for This Collection<br> ===
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Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
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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>
  
=== Record Content  ===
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{{Collection citation | text= "Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865" Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Maryland." <i>Fold3.com</i>. http://www.fold3.com : 2011.}}
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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:  
  
*A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served
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*A jacket-envelope for each soldier including his name, rank, and unit  
*A card (or cards) with abstracts of entries from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, parole rolls, and inspection reports  
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*A card(s)with abstracts 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
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*Papers relating only to that particular soldier
  
The index to these records contains the following:  
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The index to these records may include the following:  
  
*Jacket name
 
 
*Soldier’s full name  
 
*Soldier’s full name  
*Year  
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*Year(s) of service
 
*Age (often estimated)  
 
*Age (often estimated)  
*Military unit served in
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*Rank and military unit in which served  
*Type of records in file
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*Physical description
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*Occupation
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*Town, county and state of residence
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*Birthplace
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*Enlistment date and place of enlistment
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*When mustered in and when mustered out
 
*NARA publication number, title, and roll number
 
*NARA publication number, title, and roll number
  
 
== 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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Fill in the requested information in 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 to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
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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.  
  
 
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.  
 
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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If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
 
 
This index was created to provide quick access to compiled service records.
 
 
=== 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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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]].&nbsp;  
 
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]].&nbsp;  
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
 
"Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865," index ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JZKV-468&nbsp;: accessed 23 April 2012), Christopher C Wilson (1862); citing Civil War Records, NARA publication M384, NARA roll 17; Records of the Adjutant General's Office, Orem, Utah, United States.
 
  
 
[[Category:Maryland|Military Records]]
 
[[Category:Maryland|Military Records]]

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Record Description

Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Maryland. 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 M384. Index courtesy of Fold 3 (previously Footnote.com). The Collection covers the years 1861 to 1865.

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.

"Maryland, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865" Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Maryland." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : 2011.

Record Content

The records are in individual files which usually include the following:

  • A jacket-envelope for each soldier including his name, rank, and unit
  • A card(s)with abstracts from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, parole rolls, and inspection reports
  • Papers relating only to that particular soldier

The index to these records may include the following:

  • Soldier’s full name
  • Year(s) of service
  • Age (often estimated)
  • Rank and military unit in which served
  • Physical description
  • Occupation
  • Town, county and state of residence
  • Birthplace
  • Enlistment date and place of enlistment
  • When mustered in and when mustered out
  • NARA publication number, title, and roll number

How to Use the Record

Fill in the requested information in 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 to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

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.

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.
  • 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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