United States, Civil War Confederate Papers of Citizens or Businesses (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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United States Civil War Confederate Papers of Citizens or Businesses, 1861-1865 .
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|Record Group||RG 109: Department Collection of Confederate Records|
|Microfilm Publication||M346. Confederate Papers Relating to Citizens or Business Firms. 1158 rolls.|
|Arrangement||Alphabetically by name of company name.|
|National Archives Identifier||2133274|
|National Archives and Records Administration|
- 1 What Is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can This Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What Is in the Collection?
This collection includes records from 1861-1865.
The collection consists of approximately 650,000 vouchers and other documents pertaining to goods and services rendered to the Confederate Government by individuals and businesses. The collection is arranged alphabetically in over 350,000 jackets. The collection is located in RG 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M346. The index is courtesy of Fold3 (formerly Footnote).
Most of these documents were created or received by the Confederate War and Treasury Departments. After the Civil War they were in the custody of the US War Department. These were later assembled by the Confederate Archives Division of the Adjutant General’s Office and used to establish the disloyalty of claimants seeking restitution after the war.
The records were created to document services and goods which aided the Confederate cause. The records are generally reliable.
What Can This Collection Tell Me?
The index includes the following information:
- Name of Individual
- Business Name
- Document Number
- Document Type (Citizen or Business)
- Fold3 (Footnote) ID
- NARA Roll Number
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of the person, including nicknames or alias names.
- The approximate date of service.
- The residence of the soldier.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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 article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s Confederate Papers of Citizens or Businesses record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the name, date, and place or residence, to find the ancestor or family in census records.
- Use the place or residence to locate church and land records.
- Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
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.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
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.
- "United States, Civil War Confederate Papers of Citizens or Businesses, 1861-1865." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing "Confederate Papers Relating to Citizens or Business Firms, 1861-1865." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com. NARA microfilm publication M346. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982.
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