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Fold3 Library Edition: Civil War

Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to a growing collection of US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives.

Where to search

Civil War records may be searched within Fold3 Library Edition in a number of ways:

  1. The Home and Search tabs allow you to search across all data collections in Fold3 Library Edition, including Civil War records by First Name and Last Name.
  2. From the Home Search page or the Search tab search page, locate and click on Civil War found in the lower center page to Search by name, Browse Popular, New & Updated records or Browse all Civil War of Titles.
  3. Select "Popular" located under Civil War to browse or search the most viewed records and narrow your search to only these types of records.
  4. Select "New and Updated" located under the Civil War  search box to browse or search newly added or newly updated records and narrow your search to only these records.
  5. Locate and click on Civil War in the main Search box to search all records by First Name and Last Name, or access Advanced search options by clicking the Search icon.

Civil War

A compiled military service record for Civil War soldiers consists of card abstracts of a soldier's service with information collected from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, and inspection reports.  48 publications can be searched or browsed from the Civil War collection along with Army Registers, 1798 - 1969 that document the service of soldiers in the United States Army from enlistment to termination of service. They will include soldier's name, rank, regiment, and dates of enrollment and discharge. They may include a physical description, place of birth, age, occupation, and remarks regarding transfers, courts-martial, as well as reasons for discharge, including death.  Civil War Milestone Records documents bring an up-close perspective to understanding the Civil War. Brady Civil War Photos include portraits of notable men of the era, as well as photos of soldiers, living and dead, battlefields, scarred landscapes, and cities burned and bombed by invading troops.