Subscription genealogy site Footnote is making its Civil War records collection free through the month of June.
This is a great opportunity to begin researching your Civil War ancestor (right in time for next year’s sesquicentennial of the war’s first shots). Get started searching the collection at <go.footnote.com/civilwar>. You’ll need to register for a free Footnote basic membership to gain access to the records.
Footnote’s Civil War records, digitized through a partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration, have information on both Union and Confederate soldiers. Among the records are:
- Union and Confederate service records for many states (these records are being added as they’re digitized)
- Widow’s pension files (records are being added as they’re digitized)
- Emancipation documents and slave records
- Confederate amnesty papers and citizens files
- Lincoln assassination investigation and trial papers
- Civil War photos and maps
A good first step to confirm your Civil War ancestor’s service is to search the free Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, which has 6 million names of those who served in the war.
These resources from Family Tree Magazine have more on how to search for Civil War ancestors and use the records on Footnote:
- 10 Best Websites for military research (free article)
- Civil War resource toolkit (free article)
- Guide to the American Civil War Research Database (free article)
- A House Divided: Civil War research guide (for Family Tree Magazine Plus members)
- July 2007 Family Tree Magazine with our “A House Divided” Civil War research guide (digital issue from Family Tree Shop)
- Online Military Records: Document Your Ancestor’s Service webinar recording from Family Tree Shop
- Footnote Web Guide digital download from Family Tree Shop
- Family Tree University US Military Records course (starts June 21)