UPDATE on 19 April 2022... The National Archives have reopened! I'll be turning on direct ordering from my website soon, but for now, contact me to be added to the waiting list

Civil War Records Blog

  • He Got Bounty Land WHERE???

    He got bounty land WHERE??One thing that throws a lot of people off is when they see their War of 1812 ancestor getting bounty land in a part of th...
  • Dear Mr. President

    Sometimes the denied pensions contain the best information
  • Union Troops in Southern States

    Did you know that almost every state in the south had organized regiments in the Union Army in the Civil War?   While many southern residents fa...
  • Genealogical value of the US Colored Troops Pensions

    Genealogical research into the lives of African Americans before the Civil War can present a unique set of challenges. Many of those who were held...
  • Isn't it all online? Part 5-- War of 1812 pension files

    Isn’t it all online? Part 5-- War of 1812 pensions  A common misconception out there is that most of the military records from the National Archive...
  • Isn’t it all online? Part 4-- Carded Medical Records

    A common misconception out there is that most of the military records from the National Archives are online already. This is far from being accura...
  • Isn't it all online? Part 3-- War of 1812 Bounty Land Applications

    Isn’t it all online? Part 3– War of 1812 Bounty Land applications   The government allowed many veterans of wars before 1855 to be granted bount...
  • Isn't it all online? Part 2-- Civil War compiled military service records

    Isn’t it all online? Part 2– Civil War Compiled Military Service Records   A common misconception out there is that most of the Civil War record...
  • Isn’t it all online? Part 1-- Union Army Civil War pensions

    Isn’t it all online? Part 1-- Union Army Civil War pensions    A common misconception out there is that most of the Civil War records are onlin...
  • Why are there so many names on this Civil War pension card?

    Why are there all these names on this pension card, and how are the men connected?   This is a question I get quite often. The short answer is, ...
  • Records for War of 1812 Soldiers

    What records are available for War of 1812 soldiers at the National Archives? There are four main record groups:1. Compiled military service record...
  • Three month enlistments

    Today, April 12th, is the 160th anniversary of the first shots fired during the Civil War. After South Carolina seceded from the Union, the US Arm...