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American Civil War

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Researching an Ancestor's Civil War Regiment
Ė David Thackery

Where does the researcher begin? Most good historical research libraries are likely to hold the basic sources for learning about the history of an ancestorís Civil War regiment. For those with Union soldiers in their family tree, the place to start is Frederick Dyerís COMPENDIUM OF THE WAR OF THE REBELLION, first published in 1908 and since reprinted. It contains a brief sketch of the history of each Union infantry, artillery, and cavalry unit, including those which were part of the United States Colored Troops. On the Confederate side, a similar work in progress is Stewart Sifakilsí multi-volume COMPENDIUM OF THE CONFEDERATE ARMIES. When completed, this series will provide the same basic coverage for Confederate regiments as Dyer provides for the Federal side.

Another genre containing histories of Union regiments, in addition to rosters, are the published state adjutant generalís reports. These are not found for the former Confederate states; however, there are some very good regimental history/roster publication series for the Southern states. Two especially noteworthy examples are under way and nearing completion: NORTH CAROLINA TROOPS 1861-1865 (Raleigh: State Dept. of Archives and History) and the VIRGINIA REGIMENTAL HISTORY SERIES (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard).Click to Continue Article


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Family History Centers

What is a Family History Center?
Family History Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Centers provide access to many of the microfilms and microfiche in the Family History Library to help you identify your ancestors.

Location and Hours
There are more than 3,400 centers worldwide. To find a Family History Center near you, see the list of addresses below.
Before you visit, you should contact the center to verify when it is open.

Staff members will show you around the center, answer some research questions (research expertise in each center varies), help you use center resources, and order microfilms and microfiche from the Family History Library.
Many centers offer classes on different genealogical research topics.

Most centers have a computer with FamilySearch, which helps you search for information about your ancestors. FamilySearch includes Family History Library Catalog, International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File, Social Security Death Index, Scottish Church Records and the United States Military Index
Most also have Personal Ancestral File, a computer program that allows you to organize your family history information.
Most centers also have a variety of resource files, microfilms, microfiche and published material such as genealogies, histories, gazetteers, atlases and maps at your disposal.

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