Alabama Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Alabama Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
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|Record Type||Compiled Service Records|
|Record Group||RG 109: War Department Collection of Confederate RecordsRecord Group NAID 438|
|Microfilm Publication||M311. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama. 508 rolls.|
|National Archives Identifier||586957|
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection 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:
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. This collection is a part of RG 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and National Archive Microfilm Publication M311. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (previously known as Footnote.com). Service records were kept for each Confederate soldier. Those records, or their abstracts, were compiled into individual files. Each envelope/jacket contains information and cross references to original records relating to the soldier.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Soldier’s name
- Military unit(s) served in
- If imprisoned, where and when captured
- If deserted, when received and when discharged and by whom one was discharged
- If died where and when death occurred
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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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I Can’t Find the Person Who I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Alabama.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
- Beginning United States Civil War Research
- Locating a Confederate Civil War Soldier (1861–1865)
- Alabama Guided Research
- Alabama Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Alabama Confederate Pensions
- Compiled records showing service of military units in Confederate organizations Alabama Rolls 1-5
- Applications for relief by maimed Confederate soldiers
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