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# Wednesday, July 24, 2013
You Don't Have to Be Kelly Clarkson to Research Your Civil War Ancestor
Posted by Diane

Did you watch “Who Do You Think You Are?” last night?



In the season premiere on TLC, singer Kelly Clarkson traced her third-great-grandfather Isaiah Rose from Marietta, Ohio, to his imprisonment at the notorious Andersonville Civil War prison, and back home after his escape. There, he served as county sheriff and a state senator.

The story is common: Lots of Americans have Civil War soldier ancestors, many of whom were held at Andersonville and other prisons. The genealogy research is very doable—and you don’t have to drive around the country like Clarkson did, or meet with a slew of Civil War experts.

It’s neat for "WDYTYA?" viewers to see the original historical records, but the same records Clarkson used are available online or by ordering from repositories. For example: 

Note that many public libraries and FamilySearch Centers offer patrons the use of Fold3 and Ancestry Library Edition for free.

These are just a few of the available resources for tracing your Civil War ancestor. You'll find many more Civil War genealogy resources, tools and how-to information in Family Tree Magazine's Civil War Genealogy Value Pack, which happens to be on sale now—click here to learn more about it.

All that driving from place to place adds historical interest to the show, but it's not realistic for most of us. Thank goodness it's also not necessary for researching in Civil War records.

PS: TLC shared on Facebook where you can watch the whole episode online.


"Who Do You Think You Are?" | Celebrity Roots | Civil War | Libraries and Archives | NARA
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 9:59:15 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 11:28:40 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Yes, I have been waiting with great anticipation for the series to begin. Like Kelly Clarkson, I am from Texas and have many ancestors who were a part of the Before, During and Aftermath of the Civil War. Thank you so much for all the links and information for my continued research online. I hope one day to jump in my SUV and travel to Georgia, but until then, the information you have provided will be of great help.

Tracks of My Georgia Ancestors
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:14:29 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hello Diane,
Thank you for clarifying that we can look up and receive some of those records without actually having to visit the City, and State where they occurred.

I wasn't aware that I could research different battles so easily and am very happy you reported this information.

"Civil War battle reports, such as the one from the 63rd Ohio that a researcher showed Clarkson at the DeKalb (Ga.) History Center, are part of the The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, also called the OR. You can use the OR online, or just run a web search of the battle name and "battle report."

Thank you so much for the wonderful article!
Christie
Valparaiso, Indiana
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