Alabama Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 is a free collection at FamilySearch of more than 1 million civil war records searchable in an index. Alabama Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers “consists of Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Alabama for the years 1861 to 1865. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldiers as found in the following original records:
Union prison registers and rolls
For each military unit, the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier’s surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm.”
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What Can I Learn from Military Records?
The index to records contains the following:
- Soldier’s full name
- Age (often estimated)
- Military unit served in
- NARA publication number, title, and roll number
The records are in individual files which usually include the following:
- A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served
- A card (or cards) with abstracts of entries from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, and inspection reports
- The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier
How Can Military Records Help Me Find Other Records?
With information from these records you may be able to:
- Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records
- Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family