To mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, Ancestry.com is opening up millions of Civil War records, including the 1860 and 1870 US censuses, for free searches April 7 14.
The American Civil War Research Database is Ancestry’s effort to compile and link all available records of soldiers who fought in the Civil War. The collection contains state rosters, pension records, regimental histories, photos and journals.
The database is divided into soldier records, regiment records, battle histories, and officer records. By searching soldier records, you can discover the soldier’s name, residence, date of entry, regiments, companies, rank, promotions, transfers, events (such as POW, wounded, etc.) and how and where the soldier exited the military (discharge, desertion, muster out, or death). Some states also include in their official records a soldier’s birthplace, age at enlistment, occupation, and physical description.