Historical military records website Fold3 is opening up its Civil War collection for free from April 14 to 30 in commemoration of the start of the war in April 1861.
The military collection includes
- service records (Union and Confederate) for soldiers from more than 50 territories and states
- Union pension index cards
- some Union widows’ pension files
- Navy survivors certificates
- Army registers
- court records of compensation to former owners of freed slaves in Washington, DC
- Southern Claims Commission records
- investigations into subversive activity
- and other records
Fold3 has records of US wars from the Revolutionary War up through Vietnam, plus nonmilitary records such as city directories, naturalizations, passport applications, Indian censuses and more. Get help finding ancestors on Fold3 in Family Tree Magazine’s downloadable Fold3 Web Guide, available in Family Tree Shop.