Utah, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Utah, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
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|Record Type||Compiled Service Records|
|Record Group||RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's OfficeRecord Group NAID 423|
|Microfilm Publication||M692. Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the Territory of Utah. 1 rolls.|
|National Archives Identifier||300398|
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- 1 What Is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in Captain Lot [Lott] Smith's Company, Utah Cavalry. The records cover the years 1861 to 1865. They include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:
- Muster rolls
- Appointment books
- Hospital registers
- Union prison registers and rolls
- Parole rolls
- Inspection reports
Service records were kept for each 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.
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 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s - 1917, and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M692. Index courtesy of Fold3 (previously Footnote.com).
This index was created to provide quick access to compiled service records. The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that even though this index is very accurate it still may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The index to These records contains the following:
- Jacket name
- Name and rank of soldier
- Captain Smith's Company of Utah Cavalry
- Date and place where enrolled
- Age (often estimated)
- Mustered-out date
- Period of service
- Type of records in file
- NARA publication number, title, and roll number
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
The records are in individual files which usually include the following:
- A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, 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, parole rolls, and inspection reports
- The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
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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 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 Utah.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
- Beginning United States Civil War Research
- Locating a Union Civil War Soldier (1861-1865)
- Utah Guided Research
- Utah Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research: 1850-1905 | 1900-Present
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Grand Army of the Republic Utah membership
- Compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the territory of Utah : (Capt. Lot Smith's Company, Utah Calvary)
- Margaret M. Fisher, Utah and the civil war : being the story of the part played by the people of Utah in that great conflict, with special reference to the Lot Smith expedition and the Robert T. Burton expedition. Salt Lake City, Utah : Deseret Book, c1929 FHL 979.2 H2f
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
- United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
- United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933
- United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890
- Veterans with federal service buried in Utah
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