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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Tips for Playing the Genealogy Odds in Las Vegas
Posted by Diane
Do you plan to seek your genealogical fortune at next week's
National Genealogical Society 2013 Family History Conference in Las
The conference, May 8-11, offers opportunities to take classes;
shop for genealogy
books, software, subscriptionwebsites and more; collaborate
with other researchers; and take local
Valley of Fire State Park
Nearly all of present-day Nevada was in Utah territory from after the Mexican-American War until 1861.
The discovery of gold in California in 1848, and silver in Virginia
City's Comstock Lode in 1859, sent miners rushing through the
area, leading to the formation of Nevada Territory in 1861. Nevada
became a state three years later.
As the Comstock Lode dwindled during the 1880s, Nevada entered a
depression that lasted until new mineral deposits were found in
1900. The railroad and federally funded irrigation projects helped,
Nevada legalized gambling in 1931. The Las Vegas Sun has more local history here.
If you plan to play the genealogy odds during
your trip to the NGS conference (or from home), improve your chances
with these Las Vegas research tips.
Local repositories you can visit
in person and/or online include:
These tips and resources also will help you find Las Vegas and
- Statewide birth and death certificates begin in 1911, and
marriages and divorces don't start until 1969. These, of course,
document many couples from other states who wed in Vegas (and
perhaps then changed their minds about too-hasty vows). Many counties
have marriage and divorce records back as far as 1862; nearly
all began birth and death registration in 1887.
- Got miners in your family tree? The Nevada
Historical Society in Reno has mining company
records including payrolls, customer lists and an “accident
file” of miners killed in work-related mishaps before 1900.
Research your genealogy across the USA with Family Tree Magazine's newly updated State Research Guides e-book.
Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | Research Tips
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 1:59:50 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, April 26, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, April 22-26
Posted by Diane
- The Online Historical Directories website, which lists links to old
city and other directories, has been updated with links for Georgia,
Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West
out the updates here.
Michael Savoca, a college junior from Toms River, NJ, has won a $500
grant for genealogy research and education from the Suzanne Winsor
Freeman Memorial Grant program, as well as registration for
the upcoming Southern
California Genealogical Society Jamboree. Michael has assisted with
records for the Gente di Mare
Italian website, been an active member of several online genealogy
forums, and volunteered at his local FamilySearch Center. He also
researched his Croatian family history on site in the village of
The grant, awarded annually since 2010 to a genealogist
aged 18 to 25, is named for the mother of The Family Curator
blogger Denise Levenick.
Genealogy books | Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, April 26, 2013 4:38:01 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Geni Adds Smart Matches and Record Matches from MyHeritage.com
Posted by Diane
Family tree site Geni.com, acquired
by MyHeritage last November, has now implemented
MyHeritage.com's Smart Matching and Record Matching features.
Smart Matching automatically searches for matches to your Geni.com
tree in other trees on MyHeritage.com (note that
MyHeritage.com trees don't yet get matches in Geni.com trees).
You can see the Record Matches and Smart Matches in the profiles on
your Geni.com tree, as well as in your Merge Center, where you can review and
confirm or reject them.
- Record Matching compares the profiles in your
Geni.com tree to the historical records at MyHeritage, and alerts you
when a relevant document is found. It also automatically creates a
citation when you confirm a record and add it to Geni.com's World
You must have a MyHeritage.com SuperSearch data subscription to
access Smart Matches. You'll be able to see some Record Matches for
free, but you'll need to have a SuperSearch
subscription to see full information on records
that are included in MyHeritage.com's premium record collections.
find a detailed how-to for using Smart Matches and Record Matches on the
more about the different MyHeritage.com subscriptions here.
Here's MyHeritage.com's FAQ about its acquisition of Geni.
Genealogy Web Sites | MyHeritage
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:58:51 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Online Genealogy Milestones for WikiTree, FamilySearch and Us!
Posted by Diane
Two—no, make that three—genealogy organizations have reached
milestones this week:
- WikiTree, a genealogy community
with a goal to build a free worldwide family tree, now has 5 million
ancestor profiles. The site's founders say its "slow-growth"
approach—encouraging the careful addition of profiles over "bulk" uploads—makes this milestone an important
You can hear from WikiTree founder Chris Whitten in the January
2013 Family Tree Magazine Podcast, hosted by Lisa
Browse or search the profiles by surname here. If you want to build a tree there, start with the "How WikiTree Works" page.
FamilySearch | Genealogy Web Sites | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Social Networking
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:49:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Awww, Shucks. We Like You, Too!
Posted by Diane
Family Tree Magazine
has reached 10,000 likes on
Facebook! We're thanking our Facebook fans by sharing a
ShopFamilyTree.com coupon code
good for 15% off
your next purchase, plus free
if used before May 1.
ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Social Networking
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:45:15 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
New Value Packs: New England Genealogy and Census Research
Posted by Diane
If you have New England ancestors, or any US ancestors, at least one
of these value packs from Family Tree Magazine will help you
discover more about them.
They're both bargain-priced at ShopFamilyTree.com, and even better, they both
qualify for free shipping:
England Genealogy Value Pack gathers tools for
researching your family tree in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. You'll get webinars, our
newly updated State Research Guides, webinars and the Researching
your Colonial New England Ancestors book.
all the details on the New England Genealogy Value Pack here.
Want search strategies for hard-to-find relatives in the
census? Techniques to go beyond your basic names, ages and
relationships, and mine census records for clues to your ancestors'
everyday lives and which records you should look for next?
Research Value Pack has video classes and books to
improve your census research skills. Get
all the details on the Census Research Value Pack here.
census records | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:11:31 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, April 19, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, April 15-19
Posted by Diane
Version 7 also lets you use the sites Record Matching
service, which automatically searches MyHeritage collections and
trees for your ancestors (you'll need a subscription to view some
results). Other updates include a more graphical look and support
for 40 languages, including Chinese and Korean. Read
more details on the MyHeritage blog.
- There's a new database
of burials at Hart Island, the public burial ground
("potter's field") for New York City. The earliest recorded
burial there dates to May 1881; however, the database covers
burials since 1977.
- A new PBS series called "Genealogy Roadshow" is looking for
people with family history mysteries to be on the show. Check
out the casting call here; the deadline is May 12.
- Heredis is having a sale through April 28 on its family tree
software for PC (37 percent off, at $24.99) and Mac (33 percent
off, at $39.99). Find out more about the software at the Heredis
Cemeteries | Genealogy Software | Genetic Genealogy
Friday, April 19, 2013 2:41:25 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Two Genealogy Databases to Search While They're Free
Posted by Diane
You have a couple of days left to take advantage of these free
database offers from sites where you'd normally need to subscribe or hope your library subscribes:
- Ancestry.com has made its marriage
records collection free to search through April 21 at
midnight ET. These records are great sources for female
ancestors' maiden names and sometimes the couples' parents'
names, in addition to the marriage date and place. You'll need
to register for a free account, if you don't already have one,
to view records.
- ProQuest's Historic MapWorks Library Edition (link to it from this page) is free to at-home users through
April 20 in honor of National Library Week. Here, you can browse
by place or search for an address, keyword or GPS coordinates to
find old landowner and other maps. (The landowner maps aren't
indexed by name here, so you need to search for the place and
then find the person's name on a map.) You can download maps and
overlay the maps with Google maps to pinpoint the modern
I searched for Colerain township in Ohio, in hopes
of finding the location of my Depenbrock relatives' farm—and I
found it. This is part of an 1884 township map; I've highlighted
The Depenbrock property borders on the land of my great-great-grandmother's brother's wife's family.
Ancestry.com | Free Databases | Land records | Research Tips
Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:33:53 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
New FamilySearch.org Adds Photo Feature and More
Posted by Diane
The "Coming Soon" banner on the FamilySearch.org website
since last month's RootsTech conference has been replaced by this:
FamilySearch just flipped the switch on several site enhancements
and a polished new look. FamilySearch's announcement says the site
enhancements will "allow visitors to collaboratively build their
family tree online, preserve and share precious family photos and
stories, and receive personal research assistance—all for free."
Besides the recently
released FamilySearch Family Tree, new FamilySearch.org
I clicked on the photos area, and it looks like FamilySearch is
using an invitation system to avoid overloading the site. I got a message that all of today's invites are taken, and to check back at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
- Photos and Stories: Upload photos of ancestors, share them
through social media, tag them and add them to profiles in your
- Fan Chart: Turns your FamilySearch family tree into an
interactive fan chart, or lets you add your tree to FamilySearch
as you create the fan chart
- Live Help: Call or chat with a FamilySearch volunteer online,
or find a FamilySearch Center/Family History Center near you
you think of the new FamilySearch.org?
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 1:36:13 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Introducing the 2013 Family Tree 40 Genealogy Blogs!
Posted by Diane
Seeking genealogy news, help understanding your family tree
software, essential research advice, or simply the feeling that
someone shares the family history journey you've embarked on?
All these and more are available from the bloggers on the 2013
list of the Family Tree 40 top genealogy blogs. Congratulations to these dedicated researchers and writers!
To quote Family Tree Magazine's
contributing editor David A. Fryxell, who wrote about the Family
Tree 40 in our May/June 2013 issue (on newsstands and at ShopFamilyTree.com April 30), "Let’s tip our
collective hats to those bloggers who stick with it and keep sharing
their wit, wisdom and family history finds with us ... In making
this year’s selections, we paid particular attention to that
stick-to-itiveness standard." And "We love blogs packed with information, but we also adore those
brimming with the blogger’s personality."
can read about the Family Tree 40 and click through to each blog
from FamilyTreeMagazine.com. They're arranged into these
We also encourage genealogists to look beyond
our list to find genealogy blogs that might help answer their research
questions, illuminate an ancestral hometown, or bring entertainment to a ho-hum day. The combo of research
needs and blog-reading preferences is different for every
genealogist, and we all can be thankful that topics and writing
styles in the genealogy blogging community are just as varied.
- Good advice (genealogy tips and how-tos)
- Tech support (reviews and instructions for genealogy
- Gravestone matters (tombstone photos, cemetery research tips)
- Heritage help (researching ancestors of specific ethnicities
and national backgrounds)
- Shop talk (genealogy news and new products)
- Story time (the bloggers' personal research and family
Here are a few ways to find genealogy blogs you'll love:
As the main blogger here at the Genealogy Insider blog, I know how
hard it can be to find the inspiration—and the time—to put up a post
every day or several times a week. I give personal props to the Family Tree
40 and all the genealogy bloggers out there. Thanks for the work you do!
Family Tree 40
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:58:13 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, April 12, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, April 8-12
Posted by Diane
- Subscription genealogy website Ancestry.com announced on Facebook that
its collection of marriage records will be free April 17-21 (so you
have a few days to plan your research). You'll need to register for
a free account to view the records.
ProQuest offers databases you can usually use only in libraries that
subscribe to the services, but during National Library Week this
week, you can try
out several of the databases at home for free. The one I see
that most genealogists will be into is Historic MapWorks Library
Edition, which contains maps dating back to the 1700s. I found my
Depenbrock family's farm in Colerain Township, Ohio, on an 1884 land owner map in less than 5 minutes!
here to link to this and the other free databases.
Ancestry.com | Free Databases | Land records
Friday, April 12, 2013 2:54:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Your Ancestor's SS-5: Get It Before It's Too Late
Posted by Diane
It's time to look up your 20th-century ancestors in the Social
Security Death Index and request their Social Security number
applications (SS-5s) if you haven't already.
to close the Social Security Death Index are resurfacing with
a vengeance: President Obama's budget proposal would give the
Commissioner of Social Security license to grant or
deny access to the SSDI and our ancestors' SS-5 forms. It makes the
records' availability subject to a bureaucrat instead of the Freedom
of Information Act.
Other genealogy bloggers have expertly explained why there are more
effective ways to prevent tax fraud and protect the identities of
taxpayers, while also meeting the needs of genealogy hobbyists
and those who use Social Security records to identify survivors of
deceased servicemembers and unclaimed persons. Read more from:
I'll explain what the SSDI is and why it's important to genealogy:
The SSDI is a computerized file of deceased individuals whose deaths
have been reported to the Social Security Administration. It
contains mostly deaths from 1962 and later, though my
great-grandfather who died in 1949 is listed.
You can search the
SSDI on websites including FamilySearch.org
and Ancestry.com (which excludes
recent deaths) and order your ancestor's SS-5 for a fee from the
Social Security Administration under the Freedom of Information Act.
Once you find an ancestor in the SSDI, you can request his or her
SS-5, which requests parents' names, among other information. This
is the only record I've ever found giving my great-grandfather's
how to order your ancestor's SS-5.
Public Records | Vital Records
Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:31:20 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
5 Strategies to Overcome Genealogy Brick Walls
Posted by Diane
Today I'm sharing five
strategies for dealing with tough genealogy problems in the spirit of next week's Genealogy
Brick Wall Buster's online workshop.
The workshop runs April 19-26 and
offers Family Tree Magazine's best advice for overcoming
research obstacles, plus the opportunity to get expert advice on
your brick wall from professional researcher Lisa A. Alzo.
- Bend the rules of genealogy that say to "work backward one
generation at a time." Skip a generation, identifying your
ancestor's grandparents by using what you know about his cousins
or aunts and uncles; then maybe you can work forward to the
missing link of his parents.
- For immigration brick walls, search passenger lists for
friends and neighbors the person might have traveled with, then
examine the list for your ancestor's (possibly garbled) name. If
you can't find a town of origin, use censuses to see if his
neighbors are from the same country, then study those folks. Here's
how an immigration brick wall came tumbling down for me.
- Once you've exhausted the census and other common sources,
try less-obvious types of paperwork your ancestors might have
left. Land records are one example. Is your brick-wall ancestor
mentioned in school records, occupational records, meeting
minutes or old manuscripts? Use your imagination, your library
and online catalogs, such as FamilySearch's and
the National Union
Catalog of Manuscript Collections.
here to see the program for the Genealogy Brick Wall Busters
workshop. After you complete your registration, you can submit
your brick wall to Lisa via a form in your confirmation email.
- Our contributing editor David A. Fryxell advises, "As Sherlock
Holmes liked to lecture Dr. Watson, 'When you have eliminated
the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be
the truth.' So consider even unlikely possibilities when
confronting your brick walls: Could there have been two men by
the same name in the county at that time? Might your
third-great-grandfather have married his cousin? Maybe your
great-grandmother remarried between censuses, thus changing
Family Tree University | Research Tips
Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:48:53 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Help Us Get to 10,000 Likes! (There's Something in It for You)
Posted by Diane
Why should you help Family Tree Magazine get to 10,000 likes on Facebook?
Here are three reasons:
1. I've always wanted to be popular.
2. If the "Microsoft
Word Will Never Understand That My Name is NOT a Spelling Mistake"
page can get 161,707 likes, we can get 10,000.
3. When we hit 10,000 likes, we'll post a coupon of our fans' choosing! Vote
in our Facebook poll for either 30% off a Family Tree
University course or 15% off your entire purchase at
Visit Family Tree Magazine on Facebook to vote for your favorite deal and share it with your friends.
Genealogy fun | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Social Networking
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 2:56:16 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Genealogy Video Tip: Finding Old Land Records in Illinois
Posted by Diane
to Beat Your Illinois Brick Walls webinar Thursday evening,
April 11, picks up where our Illinois
Genealogy Crash Course left off, introducing you to
more-advanced, lesser-known genealogy resources ito trace ancestors
In this video tip from the Secrets to Beat Your Illinois Brick Walls
webinar, presenter David A. Fryxell gives you resources for finding
land records in Illinois, from the days of French, then British,
then Virginia jurisdiction, through the public domain lands era, to
more-recent deed records.
You've still got a couple more days to register for the Secrets to
Beat Your Illinois Brick Walls webinar! Learn
more about the webinar and sign up at ShopFamilyTree.com.
Land records | Research Tips | Videos | Webinars
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:55:20 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Intro to Genetic Genealogy Testing Crash Course
Posted by Diane
Is a DNA test the answer to your genealogy prayers or a waste of
money? Well, it depends on the test you take and how you use the
results. Blaine Bettinger, aka The Genetic Genealogist, will help you
understand how to use genetic genealogy as part of your family
history research in our Intro
to DNA Crash Course webinar on April 25.
... this webinar is for you.
- considered taking a DNA ancestry test
- been overwhelmed by
the options for genetic genealogy tests to take and testing
companies to use
- wondered about the differences among Y-DNA,
mtDNA and autosomal tests
- thought that genetic genealogy probably
isn't worth it for your research, anyway
- taken a test and been unsure
what to do with your results
Participants in the Intro
to DNA Crash Course webinar will be able to ask their genetic
genealogy questions in a Q&A session during the webinar. They'll get a copy of the webinar slides, access to watch the
webinar again as often as desired, and our genetic-genealogy guide
Research Strategies: Going Beyond Surnames.
Here are the webinar details:
Register for the Intro
to DNA Crash Course webinar here.
Date: Thursday, April 25
Starting time: 7pm EST/6pm CST/5pm MST/4pm PST
Duration: 1 hour
Price: $49.99 (sign
up by April 18 to save $10!)
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:11:28 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, April 05, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, April 1-5
Posted by Diane
- FamilySearch has added 23.9 million indexed records and images to the free FamilySearch.org, with new browsable image collections from Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, England, Italy, Mexico and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 19.2 million document images from the new collection United Kingdom, WWI Service Records 1914-1920; 2 million index records from the collection US WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; and almost the 931,000 index records from the collection US New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1925-1942. Search or browse these databases from the chart here.
- In case you missed it (and were wondering), Irish genealogy research company Eneclann has researched Tom Cruise’s roots.
The actor's real last name is Mapother, but Cruise actually is a family
name. His great-grandfather, born in 1876 to Mary Pauline Russell
Cruise and her second husband Thomas O’Mara, took the surname of his
half-siblings and thus became Thomas Cruise Mapother I. Read more and download a copy of the family tree here.
Celebrity Roots | FamilySearch | Genealogy societies | Genetic Genealogy | German roots | Military records | UK and Irish roots
Friday, April 05, 2013 1:44:27 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Thursday, April 04, 2013
10 Tips for Researching Genealogy in Court Records
Posted by Diane
I'm pretty excited about our new Mastering
Genealogy Research in Court Records course from Family Tree
University. I've found this to be one
of the most intimidating areas of genealogy research, but also
one of the most rewarding—my court records finds have included an
filing in Texas and a revealing divorce
case in Kentucky.
Genealogy Research in Court Records instructor Sunny Jane
Morton shared these tips for a productive visit to
the courthouse (and why you might not need to make a
special trip to the courthouse, after all). The
first session of this class starts April 8, and if you want to
register, you can use code FTU0413 to save 20%.
- If you're traveling to a courthouse or another
repository to research county-level records, download and fill
out a Research
Repository Checklist. It'll help you plan your visit,
bring appropriate materials and leave extra stuff behind.
Bring this checklist with you to the courthouse, along with a County Research Resources worksheet (available to course participants) listing which office has which types of records and what
records you’re looking for.
- Arrive as early as possible in the workday. You never know how
much time your research will take.
- Dress professionally but in comfortable, washable clothes. You
may be on your feet a lot of the day in tight, hard-to-reach or
dusty spaces. Yet, you'll get the respect you deserve as a
researcher when you look presentable.
- Carry a minimum of materials with you. There probably
won't be a secure place to set up a laptop computer or table
space where you can spread out your notes.
- Confirm copying policies ahead of time. You may be permitted to use a wand scanner or the digital
camera on your phone, or you may have to buy a copy card. Some
places permit only taking notes.
- When you need to ask the staff a question, think of the most
direct way to ask. Don’t share your family history. Say, “Where
would I look for an index to probates or intestate proceedings
for 1912?”, not “My great-grandfather died in 1912 in Chester
Township and I think my great-grandmother was the executor of
- Be observant. In addition to the records you came for,
keep an eye out for clues to other court records about your
- Be thorough. If you don’t find what you expect to, ask a clerk
a specific question. “Where else other than deed books might I
find someone disposing of land between 1843 and 1846?” You might
be shown a separate book of sheriff’s sales if your ancestor
fell behind on taxes.
- If you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask politely
whether someone in the county offices has a lot of experience
with the historical records. If that person is available, he
or she may be able to tell you whether an ancestor could have
married by banns, or how likely it
was that African-Americans would've had their deaths reported or
estates filed during the Jim Crow years.
- Finally, not every court record requires a trip to the
courthouse. You might discover that records you need are microfilmed or digitized at the state archives or FamilySearch.org. In
some cases, a combination of online research, microfilm rental
and requesting copies from the courthouse will suffice.
court records | Family Tree University | Research Tips
Thursday, April 04, 2013 9:25:57 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Insider Secrets & Unique Records for Genealogy Research in Illinois
Posted by Diane
Hit a brick wall in your genealogy research into your
Illinois ancestors? Or you just need a little push beyond basic records to take your family tree to the next level?
We're about to introduce you to sources
that can help you dig deeper into your Land of
Lincoln family tree.
In our Insider Secrets to Beat Your Illinois Brick Walls webinar, Family Tree
Magazine's founding editor David A. Fryxell will
Plus, webinar participants will receive Family Tree Magazine's newly
revised Illinois State Research Guide and our Chicago City Guide. Participants also get a PDF of the presentation slides and access to
view the recording again as often as desired.
- take you on a tour of unique record sets including court
records, tax records, military rosters and more.
- show you how to navigate the Illinois State Archives
- share resources for cluster and collateral searches in
- offer advice on the Illinois research problems from
webinar attendees (submit questions in advance or during the
Click here for more information about the Insider Secrets to Beat
Your Illinois Brick Walls webinar. Register on or before April 8 to save $10!
Update: Webinar registrants also can save $15 on our State Research Guides CD or eBook, with guides to researching genealogy in every US State.
Editor's Pick | Webinars
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 1:49:21 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Civil War Confederate Records Free on Fold3 in April
Posted by Diane
Got Southern ancestors? Military records website Fold3 has announced that to
History Month, it's offering free access
to all of its Confederate records for the entire month of
Those free records include:
You'll need to register for a free Fold3 account in order to view
the records. Start searching Fold3's Confederate records collection here.
- Confederate soldier service records
- Southern Claims Commission records: claims filed by Southern
citizens for property seized by Union troops
- Confederate Amnesty Papers: Confederates' applications for
pardon to President Andrew Johnson
- Confederate Citizens File: claims filed with the Confederate
government by Southern citizens
- Union Citizens File: Union Army records of provost court papers, orders, passes,
paroles, claims for compensation, etc.
- Civil War subversion investigations
- Confederate Casualty Reports
- Confederate Navy Subject File: papers including paymasters' vouchers relating to ships,
personnel and more
Civil War | Military records
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 1:02:54 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)