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The American Civil War began 150 years ago this week. But you already knew that. What
you maybe didn’t know is that the National Park Service has a Civil
War Sesquicentennial Home Page with a play-by-play of that first Battle of Fort
Sumter, as well as contemporary news reports.
As part of our Life
in Civil War America sweepstakes, we’ve heard from many of you who’ve taken advantage
of newly available Civil War records such as those
from Ancestry.com and the National Archives (free on Ancestry.com through April
14; you also can check
out Footnote’s Civil War records free through April 14) to start learning about
your Civil War ancestors.
Interested in taking your research further? Here are some resources that may help:
The Civil War Soldiers and
Sailors System: More than 6 million names of soldiers (those who served in
more than one regiment have multiple listings) from the Union and Confederacy, as
well as African-American sailors. You can learn basic service details, find regimental
histories and listings of soldiers by regiment, view battle summaries and see records
from Andersonville and Fort McHenry prisons.
War Women: Diaries, letters and other primary sources from Duke University
War Sesquicentennial Tools: Links to online tools and podcasts (such as Longwood
University’s weekly review of key Civil War events taking place exactly 150 years
ago) that help you research your family’s Civil War history.
free Life in Civil War America On-Demand Webinar: Author and historian Michael
O. Varhola illuminates the sweeping changes and cultural norms that shaped the everyday
lives of soldiers and civilians during the war.
War Genealogy Toolkit: Link to state archives’ online Civil War records, Civil
War history sites, how-to articles, Civil War history organizations and more.
Research Guide: Our free guide will show you how to research your Civil War
and other military ancestors.
Other Family Tree Magazine Civil War research helps include:
Civil War Anniversary Collection (a limited quantity is available of this Civil
War genealogy and history collection)