Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor

Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor

by Bertram Hawthorne Groene

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Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor by Bertram Hawthorne Groene

It is tantalizing to speculate about the role your ancestors may have played in the great national drama of the Civil War. But family records are often inaccurate, or provide precious few leads on where to begin the search. Now, experienced historian Bertram Hawthorne Groene shows you how easy it is to trace your forbearers' role in the war, where and how long they fought, whether they were Union or Rebel, soldier or sailor-even with a minimum of information. Historians, genealogists, antique dealers, and collectors of Civil War artifacts will find this concise guidebook of great value. But most of all it is of inestimable practical value to family historians, North and South, who are discovering the pleasure and satisfaction of compiling an accurate family history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345361929
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1989
Edition description: 1st Ballantine Books ed
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
List of Illustrationsxi
Introductionxiii
IThe Value of a Search3
IIThe National Archives12
IIIThe State Archives27
IVThe OR and the ORN37
VYour Guide to Millions of Pages44
VIPersonnel Files and Rosters61
VIIAcquiring and Identifying Civil War Equipment72
VIIIExamples of Research84
Appendices
AInstitutions That Hold Microfilmed Service Records from the National Archives97
BSource Books for Regimental Histories and Rosters102
CSource Books for Identifying Civil War Weapons and Accoutrements113
DA Selected Bibliography116
Index121

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