Where to Begin Your
Civil War Genealogical Research
Sources at Virginia Tech:
The Virginia Tech University Libraries has many resources for Civil War research. It also serves as a gateway to outside sources of information.
Visit Newman Library.
Especially, please visit the library's Research Guide 6 - "Genealogy and Local History."
Books and Microfilms:
Search Addison (http://addison.vt.edu/) Virginia Tech Library's online catalog, for books and other resources. Civil War books, including regimental histories, are listed by author, title, and keyword.
WorldCat: OCLC's FirstSearch service provides an online database, used by a large number of U.S. libraries, to identify items (print and manuscript) owned by other libraries. A search such as "Eubank Family" or "Eubank + Civil War" is often fruitful. Citations can be e-mailed to your own address. This service is provided by many larger libraries, but, due to its cost, it is normally accessible only by visiting a library or going to "your own" library online. You may search WorldCat through the Virginia Tech Library Database web page.
Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865: 16 volumes. Lists name, rank, regiments, and company.
E548 H4 Spec Civil War
Roster of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865: 33 volumes. Lists individuals by state and by name, rank, regiment, and company.
E494 H4 Spec Civil War
Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia: Microfilm set, located in Newman Microforms. Complete record for Virginia soldiers, by company within regiment. The library also holds compiled Confederate service records for Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas on microfilm.
E581.4 C65 Microfilm
War of the Rebellion: A compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate Armies: ("The OR"). 128 original volumes plus supplements and indexes. Consists of battle reports, written by field commanders, immediately after the events. Some individual soldiers are mentioned by name.
E464 U6 Newman
E464 U6 1972 Index Newman
E464 U6 Atlas 1958 Newman Folio
A CD-ROM version (called "The Civil War CD-ROM") is available in the Electronic Consulting Area information desk (Torgersen Bridge).
A full-text version is now online in Cornell's Making of America collection.
Regimental Histories: Search Addison or WorldCat by the number of regiment and the state, such as "4th Virginia." Many of these publications contain rosters of unit members. Remember, however, that a particular soldier could have been hospitalized, imprisoned, or on leave while his unit was in action.
Medical and Surgical History of the Civil War:12 volumes. Encyclopedic, with lengthy articles and statistics. The index lists individuals by name.
RD205 U5 1990 Newman
Confederate Veteran: 40 volumes. Magazine containing reminiscences of Confederate veterans. A separate 3-volume index is also available.
E482 C73 Spec Civil War
Southern Historical Society Papers: 52 volumes. Published 1876-1959.
E483.7 S76 Newman
E483.7 S762 R62 Newman Reference Room. Index-Guide, 2 volumes
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States: 60 volumes. Papers, sketches, and personal narratives.
E464 M55 1991 Spec Civil War
Roll of Honor: "Names of soldiers who died in defense of the American Union, interred in the national cemetaries." 10 volumes.
E494 R65 1994 Spec Civil War
More on the library's Civil War microfilm resources may be found in the user guide describing the known collections of service records and unit histories. The guide is available at the Reference Desk racks or online.
Original letters, diaries, personal papers, photographs, maps, and artifacts of individuals or families.
Browse the Special Collections for Civil War materials (http://www.spec.lib.vt.edu).
For specific collections, please see the Guide to Civil War Manuscript Collections (http://spec.lib.vt.edu/civwar/guidecw.htm) and the Guide to Manuscript Collections (http://spec.lib.vt.edu/specgen/msguide/mgintro.htm).
To see photographs online, search the Virginia Tech Imagebase (http://imagebase.lib.vt.edu/)
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (http://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/nucmc.html). Book catalog of manuscripts owned by U.S. libraries. Some of these collections are not yet listed in online catalogs.
Z6620 U5 N3 Newman Reference Room
WorldCat. OCLC's FirstSearch service provides an online database, used by a large number of U.S. libraries, to identify items (print and manuscript) owned by other libraries. A search such as "Eubank Family" or "Eubank + Civil War" is often fruitful. Citations can be e-mailed to your own address. This service is provided by many larger libraries, but, due to its cost, it is normally accessible only by visiting a library or going to "your own" library online. You may search WorldCat through from the Virginia Tech Library Database web page (http://www.lib.vt.edu/find/articles.html)
Frontier Press, "specializing in providing genealogical and historical books for the family, local, and social historian."
Guild Press of Indiana, "a source of fine history, Civil War, and historical fiction books."
Broadfoot Publishing House, a "sole-source publisher of distinctive books and CD's, specializing in Civil War, history, genealogy, reference sets, and rare books."
(Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.)
Genealogical Research at the National Archives and Records Administration
NARA Order Forms for Military Service and Family History Records
Library of Virginia, Genealogical Research
American Civil War Homepage
Cyndi's List - U.S. - Civil War
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