Genealogy: U.S. Civil War 1861-1865, Find records on the internet

Civil WarBy Barry J. Ewell
In additional to well known military datases on FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, Fold3, and others, I have good success searching the internet for resources provided by the National Archives, state libraries and archives, historical and lineage societies, regional libraries, and family organizations. The records that are available for the Civil War availability will vary depending on whether they served in the military for the United States and Confederate States of America. I make sure that I always counsel with the librarian as to their knowledge of available Civil War records at the local, regional and state level as well as who else I can counsel with to help me locate records.

Many of the collections have been put online by the various groups that include service records and rosters.  For example, many historical societies have done extensive research on the units representing their communities. See if these records have been put online with a Google searches such as

  • Virginia “Civil War”
  • Maryland “Civil War” genealogy
  • Mississippi “Civil War” records
  • Texas Historical Society “Civil War”
  • Goochland County Historical Society “Civil War”

Wherever I have use the name of a state our county, simply replace the word with the name of the places where your ancestor lived.

If you have the company company and regiment of your ancestor you can search the internet for available e information that can include histories and lists to detailed records about individuals:  Example of Google search query could be:

  • 95th Pennsylvania Infantry
  • 95th Pennsylvania OR Penna Infantry
  • 95th Pennsylvania OR Penna Inf OR Infantry
  • 95th Pennsylvania Infantry Company C
  • 95th Pennsylvania Inf OR Infantry co OR company C
  • 95th Pensylvania Regiment
  • 95th Pennsylvania OR Penna regt OR reg’t OR regiment

Many states have put online a variety of documents related to the Revolutionary War. The following list is sampling of what you will find (List compiled from MyGenShare Links Directory). Do a Google search on the category names to find related websites:

StateDo a Google search on category name
Alabama1st Alabama Cavalry, United States Volunteers (Union)
Alabama Census of Confederate Soldiers, 1907, 1921
Alabama Civil War Muster Rolls, 1861-1865
Alabama Civil War Veterans
Alabama Confederate Civil War Records
Alabama Confederate Pension and Service Records, 1862-1947
Alabama Union Civil War Records
Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of
AlaskaAlaska Confederate Civil War Records
Alaska Union Civil War Records
ArizonaArizona Confederate Civil War Records
Arizona Union Civil War Records
ArkansasArkansas Confederate Civil War Records
Arkansas Confederate Pension Records Index and Confederate Home Records Index
Arkansas Union Civil War Records
Arkansas, Confederate Pension Records Index, 1891-1935
CaliforniaCalifornia Confederate Civil War Records
California Union Civil War Records
Records of California Men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867
ColoradoColorado Civil War Veterans
Colorado Confederate Civil War Records
Colorado State Archives Civil War Indexes
Colorado Territory Civil War Volunteer Records
Colorado Union Civil War Records
ConnecticutConnecticut Civil War Manuscripts Project from the Connecticut Historical Society Library
Connecticut Confederate Civil War Records
Connecticut Union Civil War Records
Connecticut: Fitch’s Home for Soldiers – The Deceased Veterans Discharge Files 1882-1936
Connecticut: Noble Pension Database
DelawareDelaware Confederate Civil War Records
Delaware Roster of Union Soldiers
Delaware Union Civil War Records
Delaware: Records Related to Delaware’s Involvement in the American Civil War
FloridaFlorida Confederate Civil War Records
Florida Confederate Civil War Service Records
Florida Confederate Pension Application Files
Florida Union Civil War Records
GeorgiaAndersonville Prison – Search for Prisoners
Fulton County: Oakland Cemetery Book, Atlanta, Georgia
Georgia Civil War Muster Rolls, 1860-1864
Georgia Confederate Civil War Records
Georgia Confederate Civil War Service Records
Georgia Confederate Muster Rolls 1861-1865
Georgia Confederate Pension Applications, 1879-1960
Georgia Confederate Veteran Grave Database
Georgia Union Civil War Records
HawaiiHawaii Confederate Civil War Records
Hawaii Union Civil War Records
IdahoIdaho Civil War Veterans
Idaho Confederate Civil War Records
Idaho Union Civil War Records
IllinoisAlton, Illinois – Civil War Era – Confederate Prison
Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database
Illinois Confederate Civil War Records
Illinois Union Civil War Records
Illinois: 1929 Roll of Honor Database
Rock Island County – Confederate Dead at Rock Island Prison
IndianaIndiana Civil War Muster Rolls Index
Indiana Confederate Civil War Records
Indiana Union Civil War Records
IowaIowa Civil War Soldier Burials
Iowa Confederate Civil War Records
Iowa Union Civil War Records
KansasKansas Civil War and Military Index
Kansas Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862, 1863, 1868
Kansas Confederate Civil War Records
Kansas Enrollment of Civil War Veterans, 1889
Kansas Grand Army of the Republic Post Reports, 1880-1940
Kansas Union Civil War Records
Kansas Virtual Civil War Cemetery
KentuckyBattle of Perryville Casualty Database ongoing project
Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Kentucky
Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Kentucky
Kentucky Confederate Civil War Records
Kentucky Confederate Civil War Volunteers
Kentucky Confederate Pensions 1912-1946
Kentucky Union Civil War Records
Kentucky Union Civil War Volunteers
Records of Death and Interment at Camp Nelson, KY, 1864-1865
LouisianaChalmette National Cemetery Union Burials
Louisiana Confederate Civil War Records
Louisiana Confederate Civil War Service Records
Louisiana Confederate Pension Applications Index Database
Louisiana Union Civil War Records
Louisiana: Census Enumeration of Ex-Confederate Soldiers and Widows of Deceased Soldiers in 1911
MarylandAntietam National Cemetery Burials & Confederate Soldiers Killed at Antietam
Fort McHenry Prison
History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5 Volumes 1 & 2
Maryland Confederate Civil War Records
Maryland Confederate Civil War Service Records
Maryland Union Civil War Records
MassachusettsMassachusetts Civil War Research Center searchable database of 150,000 soldiers
Massachusetts Confederate Civil War Records
Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War
Massachusetts Union Civil War Records
MichiganDepartment of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Michigan Civil War Principals and Substitutes Index
Michigan Civil War Service Records
Michigan Confederate Civil War Records
Michigan Union Civil War Records
Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War 1861-1865
MinnesotaMinnesota Civil War Records, 1861-1865
Minnesota Confederate Civil War Records
Minnesota Union Civil War Records
MississippiBeauvoir Confederate Soldiers Home Veterans
Mississippi Confederate Civil War Records
Mississippi Confederate Civil War Service Records
Mississippi Confederate Grave Registry
Mississippi Confederate Pension Applications, 1889-1932
Mississippi Union Civil War Records
MissouriCompiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Missouri State Historical Society of Missouri: The Civil War in Missouri
Index to Descriptive Recruitment Lists of Volunteers for the United States Colored Troops for the State of Missouri, 1863-1865
Missouri Confederate Civil War Records
Missouri Confederate Civil War Service Records
Missouri Men Who Served in Illinois Civil War Regiments
Missouri Men Who Served in Kansas Civil War Regiments
Missouri Soldiers Database includes 380,000 listings for the Civil War
Missouri Union Civil War Records
Missouri’s Union Provost Marshal Papers 1861-1866
St. Louis: Index to the List of Union Veterans Buried in and about St. Louis
MontanaMontana Confederate Civil War Records
Montana Union Civil War Records
Nebraska1893 Nebraska Census of Civil War Veterans
Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the Territory of Nebraska
Nebraska Civil War Grand Army of the Republic Members Index & Nebraska Civil War Veterans’ Data
Nebraska Civil War Veterans Database
Nebraska Confederate Civil War Records
Nebraska Union Civil War Records
NevadaNevada Civil War Volunteers
Nevada Confederate Civil War Records
Nevada Union Civil War Records
New HampshireNew Hampshire Confederate Civil War Records
New Hampshire Union Civil War Records
New JerseyNew Jersey Civil War Gravestones Database
New Jersey Civil War Treasury Vouchers, 1861-1865
New Jersey Confederate Civil War Records
New Jersey Union Civil War Records
William S. Stryker’s Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War 1861-1865
New MexicoNew Mexico Confederate Civil War Records
New Mexico Union Civil War Records
New YorkNew York Civil War Database
New York Civil War Regiment Lists
New York Confederate Civil War Records
New York Union Civil War Records
New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900
New York, Town Clerks’ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1861-1865
New York, Veteran Burial Cards, 1861-1898
North CarolinaNorth Carolina Confederate Civil War Records
North Carolina Confederate Civil War Service Records
North Carolina Confederate Pension Applications, 1901
North Carolina Confederate Soldiers Burial Database
North Carolina Union Civil War Records
North Carolina, Civil War Confederate Soldiers and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1953
Wake County: Confederate Burials at Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC
OhioJohnson’s Island Civil War Confederate Prison Cemetery
Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vols. 1-12
Ohio Civil War Documents
Ohio Civil War Roster
Ohio Confederate Civil War Records
Ohio Union Civil War Records
OklahomaOklahoma Confederate Civil War Records
Oklahoma Union Civil War Records
Oklahoma: Index to Oklahoma’s Confederate Pension Records
OregonOregon Confederate Civil War Records
Oregon Union Civil War Records
Oregon: Index to 1890 Veterans Census
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Civil War Burial Index
Pennsylvania Civil War Era Newspapers
Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans’ Card File Index 1861-1866
Pennsylvania Confederate Civil War Records
Pennsylvania Union Civil War Records
Registers of Pennsylvania Civil War Volunteers, 1861-1865
Rhode IslandRhode Island Confederate Civil War Records
Rhode Island Union Civil War Records
South CarolinaConfederate Rolls of South Carolina
South Carolina Confederate Civil War Records
South Carolina Confederate Civil War Service Records
South Carolina Union Civil War Records
South Carolina: Records of Confederate Veterans
The New South Newspaper 1862-1866, Port Royal and Beaufort, South Carolina
South DakotaSouth Dakota Confederate Civil War Records
South Dakota Union Civil War Records
Special Census of Civil War Veterans Living in Dakota Territory (South Dakota) in 1885
TennesseeTennessee Civil War Confederate Pension Applications Index
Tennessee Civil War Veterans’ Questionnaires
Tennessee Confederate Civil War Pension Applications – Soldiers & Widows
Tennessee Confederate Civil War Records
Tennessee Confederate Civil War Service Records
Tennessee Confederate Physicians
Tennessee Confederate Soldiers’ Home Applications
Tennessee Southern Claims Commission Index 1871-1873
Tennessee Union Civil War Records
TexasCompiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas
Texas Adjutant General Service Records Index
Texas Confederate Civil War Records
Texas Confederate Indigent Families Index 1863-1865
Texas Confederate Pension Applications, 1899-1975
Texas Confederate Pensions Index
Texas Muster Roll Index Cards, 1838-1900
Texas Union Civil War Records
United Confederate Veterans Robert E. Lee Camp No. 158 in Fort Worth
UtahConfederate Civil War Records
Union Civil War Records
VermontVermont Confederate Civil War Records
Vermont in the Civil War includes rosters of Vermont units
Vermont Union Civil War Records
VirginiaAlexandria, Virginia National Cemetery Civil War Era Burials
Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia
Confederate Disability Applications and Receipts
Confederate Navy, Electronic Card Index
Confederate Pension Records, 1884-1958 for Virginia
Confederate Pension Rolls, Veterans and Widows
Index to Confederate Veteran Magazine
Index to Virginia Confederate Rosters
Northern Virginia 1890 Veterans Census — Union
Oath of Allegiance in Virginia, 1862-1865
Online Virginia Death Records Indexes and Cemeteries
Richmond Daily Dispatch Newspaper – Civil War Period 1860-1865
Robert E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers’ Home Applications for Admission
Valley of the Shadow Civil War Project
Virginia Confederate Civil War Records
Virginia Military Dead Database
Virginia Military Institute Archives – Historical Rosters Database 1839-1925
Virginia Union Civil War Records
Volunteers for Freedom: Black Civil War Soldiers in Alexandria National Cemetery
WashingtonCivil War Veterans Buried In Washington State
Washington Confederate Civil War Records
Washington Union Civil War Records
West VirginiaWest Virginia Civil War Union Service Records
West Virginia Confederate Civil War Records
West Virginia Union Civil War Records
West Virginia Union Militia in the Civil War
WisconsinRoster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865
Wisconsin Confederate Civil War Records
Wisconsin in the Civil War Database from the Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin Union Civil War Records
WyomingWyoming Confederate Civil War Records
Wyoming Union Civil War Records