Civil War

  • 1910 Census Info about Your Ancestor

    Aug 21

    Each of the US Censuses has been unique, varying in what questions were asked, providing some important family information, not just names. Go over the 1910 census with a keen eye to look for the following items about your family – great grandparents and grand uncles-aunts. As in any census record, look at the top, above the listing ...


  • Researching Union and Confederate Graves

    Jun 25

    As you have done your family history and tree, you may have located individuals that you for sure served in the US Union Army or Navy or with the US Confederacy Army or Navy. There may be some you are not sure if they with either side during the American Civil War 1861-1865. One method to learn more is to check if on their headstone there is...


  • Civil War Wounds

    May 25

    As we remember this Memorial Day the countless Americans over the decades who have served in the military and 'gave their all' to this country, and as you examine your own ancestors, here is one event from the era of the American Civil War (1861-1865) not known as well. With the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee, in April 1862, the battle p...


  • A House Divided

    Apr 25

    Brother against brother, father vs. his sons; the divisions within families were numerous during the American Civil War (1861-1865). Even in the bounds of the Lincoln household on Pennsylvania Avenue, Abraham was from pro-Union Illinois and his wife, Mary, was from Kentucky, born into a family of slaveholders. She even had several relatives figh...


  • Register of Military Volunteers in PA from 1861-1865

    Mar 5

    If you had ancestors who either lived in Pennsylvania or any of the neighboring states (Maryland, Delaware, Indiana, West Virginia, New York or New Jersey) between 1861 and 1865 and who may have served in the Union Army during the American Civil War, you will want to check out this database. It comes from a...


  • Post Civil War Newspapers of Georgia

    Dec 15

    For ancestors who lived in the state of Georgia during the American Civil War (1861-1865) or especially following the war – the period of Reconstruction (1865-1877) the Digital Library of Georgia has online an interesting collection of newspapers from across the state during the War and Reconstruction (1861-1877). There are the free se...


  • Hair & Photos of Civil War Soldiers

    Dec 7

    One of the most fascinating American historical periods was during the American Civil War – 1861-1865. Many individuals have located the names and details of military service of at least one ancestor and sometimes, several relatives. Some served for the Union (North) and some for the Confederacy (South). During the period of American h...


  • Andersonville Prison- Civil War

    Oct 21

    This prison is one that nearly everyone has heard of, where so many Union soldiers died. Measuring a time span of 14 months (Feb. 1864-May 1865) in Camp Sumter (actual name of the prison) located near Andersonville, Georgia, some 13,000 (28%) of the 45,000 Union soldiers confined there died. Their deaths were due to ignorance of nutrition an...


  • Civil War Union Colored Troops 1863-1865

    Aug 31

    The free to use the database from can assist in finding any information on an ancestor of yours who was part of the USCT. Also, USCT service records are available free on the National Archives’ website. There were about 178,000 free blacks and freedmen who served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the Civ...


  • ID Civil War Photos

    Jul 9

    You might be one of the fortunate family history researchers who has a photo of an ancestor who served during the American Civil War (1861-1865). I'm saying a photo of them in uniform either just before they entered, during service or immediately after discharge. You might have photos of that ancestor years later, but it is just not the same as...