United States, Civil War Confederate Papers of Citizens or Businesses - FamilySearch Historical Records
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United States Civil War Confederate Papers of Citizens or Businesses, 1861-1865
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|Record Group||RG 109: Department Collection of Confederate Records|
|Microfilm Publication||M346. Confederate Papers Relating to Citizens or Business Firms. 1158 rolls.|
|Arrangement||Alphabetically by name of company name.|
|National Archives Identifier||2133274|
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes records from 1861-1865.
The collection consists of approximately 650,000 vouchers and other documents pertaining to goods and services rendered to the Confederate Government by individuals and businesses. The collection is arranged alphabetically in over 350,000 jackets. The collection is located in RG 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M346. The index is courtesy of Fold3 (formerly Footnote).
Most of these documents were created or received by the Confederate War and Treasury Departments. After the Civil War they were in the custody of the US War Department. These were later assembled by the Confederate Archives Division of the Adjutant General’s Office and used to establish the disloyalty of claimants seeking restitution after the war.
The records were created to document services and goods which aided the Confederate cause. The records are generally reliable.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Name of Individual
- Business Name
- Document Number
- Document Type (Citizen or Business)
- Fold3 (Footnote) ID
- NARA Roll Number
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the person, including nicknames or alias names
- The approximate date of service
- The residence of the soldier
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
- Beginning United States Civil War Research
- Locating a Confederate Civil War Soldier (1861–1865)
- United States Guided Research
- United States Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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