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== Collection Time Period  ==
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The records cover the years 1861 to 1865.
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== Record Description  ==
  
== Record Description  ==
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This Collection will include records from 1861 to 1865.<br>
  
The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Mississippi. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:  
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The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Mississippi. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the muster rolls:  
  
*Muster rolls
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*Name of soldier
*Returns
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*Rank, company and battalion
*Rosters
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*Age
*Payrolls
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*Physical description
*Appointment books
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*Place of birth
*Hospital registers
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*Occupation
*Union prison registers and rolls
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*Enlistment date
*Parole rolls
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*Where enlisted and by whom
*Inspection reports
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*Length of enlistment
  
 
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 M404. Index courtesy of [http://www.fold3.com/ www.fold3.com]&nbsp;(previously 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 M404. Index courtesy of [http://www.fold3.com/ www.fold3.com]&nbsp;(previously Footnote.com).  
  
== Citation for This Collection ==
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Service records were kept for each Union 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;
  
The following citation refers to the original source of data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. &nbsp;It may include the author, custodian, publisher, or archive for the original records.  
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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.  
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
=== Record Content  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information for collections published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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{{Collection citation| text=<!--bibdescbegin--> "Compiled Service Records of Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Mississippi." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : 2012. <!--bibdescend-->}}
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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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*NARA publication number, title, and roll number
 
*NARA publication number, title, and roll number
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How to Use the Record ==
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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.
  
 
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.  
 
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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*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.
  
== Record History ==
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== Related Websites ==
 
 
Service records were kept for each Union 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.
 
 
 
=== 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 ==
 
  
 
*[http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]  
 
*[http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]  
 
*[http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($) Searchable Civil War service records
 
*[http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($) Searchable Civil War service records
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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== Related Wiki Articles ==
  
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*[[Mississippi in the Civil War|Mississippi in the Civil War]]<br>
 
*[[Union Service Records|Union Service Records]]  
 
*[[Union Service Records|Union Service Records]]  
 
*[[United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 1|United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865, Part 1]]  
 
*[[United States Civil War 1861 to 1865, Part 1|United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865, Part 1]]  
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*[[Mississippi Military Records|Mississippi Military Record]]<br>
 
*[[Mississippi Military Records|Mississippi Military Record]]<br>
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
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== Contributions to This Article ==
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should also 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 Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
 
  
=== Citation Example for Records in This Collection ===
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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.
  
"Mississippi, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865" &nbsp;database and digital images,&nbsp;''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 16 September 2011). entry for George Thompson, age 23; citing Civil War Records, NARA publication M404, NARA roll 4; Record of the Adjutant General's Office, Orem, Utah, United States.
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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]].  
  
 
[[Category:Mississippi|Military Records]]
 
[[Category:Mississippi|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 Mississippi. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the muster rolls:

  • Name of soldier
  • Rank, company and battalion
  • Age
  • Physical description
  • Place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Enlistment date
  • Where enlisted and by whom
  • Length of enlistment

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 M404. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (previously Footnote.com).

Service records were kept for each Union 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 for collections published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Compiled Service Records of Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Mississippi." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : 2012.

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

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.

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.

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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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.