Here are some resources to get you started on your search. Beware of any websites that ask you for a credit card number. There is a wealth of information that's available for free.

In order to research a Civil War ancestor, it's best if you know three things:

  • the soldier's name
  • whether he served for the Union or Confederate army
  • the state from which the soldier served.
Medal The National Archives The records at the National Archives come from every branch of the Federal government.
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

A collection of federal, state, and local government source material available for research at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) Archives Research Room. contains thousands of transcriptions of cemetery records and tombstone inscriptions, from cemeteries in the USA.
Camp Nelson National Cemetery on Records of burials at Camp Nelson, Kentucky provided by the U.S. Deptartment of Veteran's Affairs.
Civil War Geneology on RootsWeb Designed to assist in the research of genealogy information about ancestors serving in the Civil War.
Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System The original service records of Union and Confederate Civil War Soldiers and the pension records of Union veterans, brought to you by the National Park Service.
Regiments at Camp Nelson List of Regiments, Detachments, and Companies stationed at Camp Nelson.
Camp Nelson on
Lest We Forget
USCT Regimental Histories at Camp Nelson and more.
Camp Nelson USCT
Regimental Summary
Brief summary of USCT involvement in the Civil War. More at Lest We Forget.

THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR , fought from 1861-1865, affected nearly every man, woman, and child living in the United States. Almost 3.5 million soldiers are believed to have been involved, with around 360,000 Union soldiers and 260,000 Confederate soldiers losing their lives as a direct result of the war. Given the dramatic impact of this conflict, if your ancestors lived in the United States during this time, it is likely that you'll find at least one Civil War soldier in your family tree.

Locating a Civil War ancestor, whether it is a direct ancestor or a collateral relative, can provide another source of information on your family tree. Civil War pension files, for example, contain statements of family relationships, dates and places of marriage, and lists of various places the soldier lived after the war. Muster-in rolls often contain places of birth, as do descriptive rolls.


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