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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
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The collection consists of unfiled papers and slips of Confederate service records of soldiers that were not interfiled in the compiled service records. The card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. The collection is alphabetically arranged by surname. This collection is a part of RG 109 War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archives Microfilm Publication M347. The index courtesy of Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com).
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These records date from the beginning to the end of the Civil War 1861-1865
  
These records date from the beginning to the end of the Civil War 1861–1865.  
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When the Confederate government evacuated Richmond, many Confederate records were sent away, destroyed, or left behind. Some of the records found their way into the hands of the Union Army and were forwarded to the War Department. In July 1865, the Adjutant General established a bureau for the “collection, safekeeping, and publication of Rebel Archives.” In 1903 the Secretary of War persuaded the Governors of most Southern States to lend Confederate military personnel records to the War Department for copying.<br>
  
== Record Description ==
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This record was created because the War Department wanted to keep records of who served during the Civil War and who/how many soldiers have died during that time.
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These records are generally reliable
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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. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
  
The United States Unfiled Papers and Slips Belonging in Confederate Compiled Service Records collection is a collection of papers that were found during the American Civil War (1861-1865). These records were copied by Union soldiers when they captured these papers between the years 1903 and 1927.
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States, Civil War Unfiled Papers of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Unfiled Papers and Slips Belonging to Confederate Compiled Service Records." <i>Fold3.com</i>. http://www.fold3.com : 2010.}}
  
During the Civil war, the Confederate side lost many records because they were sent away, left behind or destroyed.  
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[[United States Unfiled Papers and Slips Belonging in Confederate Compiled Service Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
=== Record Content  ===
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== Record Content  ==
  
 
The key genealogical facts of this record usually includes:  
 
The key genealogical facts of this record usually includes:  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
== Record History  ==
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For a collection that is searchable by name:
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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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To begin your search you will need to know the following:
  
When the Confederate government evacuated Richmond, many Confederate records were sent away, destroyed, or left behind. Some of the records found their way into the hands of the Union Army and were forwarded to the War Department. In July 1865, the Adjutant General established a bureau for the “collection, safekeeping, and publication of Rebel Archives.”  In 1903 the Secretary of War persuaded the Governors of most Southern States to lend Confederate military personnel records to the War Department for copying.
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*Full name
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*Other identifying information such as birth date or residence
  
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If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  
=== Why this Record Was Created ===
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Compare the information in the record 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.
  
This record was created because the War Department wanted to keep records of who served during the Civil War and who/how many soldiers have died during that time.
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When you have located your ancestor’s 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. This information will often lead you to other records.  
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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For example:
  
These records are generally reliable
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*Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.
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*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
  
== Related Websites  ==
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You may also find these search tips helpful:
  
[http://www.genealogybranches.com/civilwar/servicerecords.html Civil War Service Records Research Guide]<br>
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*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
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*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension.  
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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.
  
[http://archives.sc.gov/information/confederate/ Confederate Military Records]<br>
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== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://www.civilwarsoldiersearch.com/confederate-service-records.html Confederate Service Records]  
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*[http://www.genealogybranches.com/civilwar/servicerecords.html Civil War Service Records Research Guide]
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*[http://archives.sc.gov/information/confederate/ Confederate Military Records]
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*[http://www.civilwarsoldiersearch.com/confederate-service-records.html Confederate Service Records]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865|United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865]]<br>
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*[[United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865|United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865]]  
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*[[Confederate Service Records|Confederate Service Records]]
  
[[Confederate Service Records|Confederate Service Records]]
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== 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.  
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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.  
 
 
A suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
 
 
 
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
 
  
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
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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;
*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
 
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->United States. [Agency/creator, unless redundant]. Unfiled Papers and Slips Belonging in Confederate Compiled Service Records. NARA M0347. National Archives and Records Center, Washington D.C. <!--bibdescend-->
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"United States, Civil War Unfiled Papers of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865: &nbsp;database,&nbsp;''FamilySearch ''(https://familysearch.org: accessed 30 September 2011). Eli Harmon; citing Civil War Records, NARA publicaton M347, NARA roll 169; War Department Collection of Confederate Records, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., United States.
  
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[[Category:United_States_Military|United States Military]]

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Record Description

The collection consists of unfiled papers and slips of Confederate service records of soldiers that were not interfiled in the compiled service records. The card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. The collection is alphabetically arranged by surname. This collection is a part of RG 109 War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archives Microfilm Publication M347. The index courtesy of Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com).

These records date from the beginning to the end of the Civil War 1861-1865

When the Confederate government evacuated Richmond, many Confederate records were sent away, destroyed, or left behind. Some of the records found their way into the hands of the Union Army and were forwarded to the War Department. In July 1865, the Adjutant General established a bureau for the “collection, safekeeping, and publication of Rebel Archives.” In 1903 the Secretary of War persuaded the Governors of most Southern States to lend Confederate military personnel records to the War Department for copying.

This record was created because the War Department wanted to keep records of who served during the Civil War and who/how many soldiers have died during that time.

These records are generally reliable

Citation for This Collection

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

"United States, Civil War Unfiled Papers of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Unfiled Papers and Slips Belonging to Confederate Compiled Service Records." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : 2010.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts of this record usually includes:

  • Full name of Confederate Soldier
  • Where the soldier was born
  • Date of Death
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Place of Death
  • The certificate number
  • When the record was reported and when it was returned

How to Use the Record

For a collection that is searchable by name:

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.

To begin your search you will need to know the following:

  • Full name
  • Other identifying information such as birth date or residence

If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.

Compare the information in the record 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.

When you have located your ancestor’s 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. This information will often lead you to other records.

For example:

  • Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.

You may also find these search tips helpful:

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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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

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"United States, Civil War Unfiled Papers of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865:  database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 30 September 2011). Eli Harmon; citing Civil War Records, NARA publicaton M347, NARA roll 169; War Department Collection of Confederate Records, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., United States.