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| micro_pub_title = Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Tennessee  
 
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== What is in the Collection?  ==
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== What is in This Collection?  ==
  
 
The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Tennessee. The records cover the years 1861 to 1865. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:  
 
The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Tennessee. The records cover the years 1861 to 1865. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:  
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The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that even though this index is very accurate it still may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.
 
The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that even though this index is very accurate it still may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Image Visibility ===
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{{Image Visibility}}
  
The records are in individual files which usually include the following:
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=== To Browse This Collection ===
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{{HR Tip|This collection contains searchable content in the NARA Catalog.  They can be accessed by clicking on the National Archives identifier in the Record Description.  Once inside the Catalog, click on the "Search Within This Series".}}
  
*A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, rank, and the unit in which he served
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
*A card (or cards) with abstracts of entries from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, parole rolls, and inspection reports
 
*The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier
 
  
 
Each file usually contains:  
 
Each file usually contains:  
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*NARA publication number, title, and roll number
 
*NARA publication number, title, and roll number
  
== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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== Collection Content ==
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know
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The records are in individual files which usually include the following:
  
*The name of your ancestor
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*A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, rank, and the unit in which he served
*Some other identifying information such as age or company and regiment.
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*A card (or cards) with abstracts of entries from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, parole rolls, and inspection reports
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*The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier
  
=== Search the Collection  ===
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
 
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
'''To search the collection by name:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Keep in mind:  
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*The name of your ancestor
 
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*The approximate age of your ancestor
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*The company or regiment in which your ancestor served
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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=== Search the Index ===
*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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{{Search Collection Link
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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| CID=CID1932422
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.  Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
  
 
== What Do I Do Next?  ==
 
== What Do I Do Next?  ==
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When you have located your ancestor’s service record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
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*Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records
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*Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
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*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
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=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities and military units
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=== Research Helps ===
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[Tennessee, United States Genealogy|Tennessee]].
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* [[US Military Basic Search Strategies]]
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* [[Beginning Research in United States Military Records]]
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* [[Beginning United States Civil War Research]]
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* [[Locating a Union Civil War  Soldier (1861-1865)]]
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* [[GuidedResearch:Tennessee|Tennessee Guided Research]]
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* [[Tennessee Record Finder]]
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* [[Tennessee Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
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* [[Step-by-Step Tennessee Research, 1880-Present|Step-by-Step Research]]
  
When you have located your ancestor’s service record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
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== Citing This Collection ==
 
 
*Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
 
*Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records.
 
 
 
=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
 
 
 
*Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
 
  
== What If I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For? ==
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
  
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities and military units.
 
*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
 
  
{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Tennessee, Civil War|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[Tennessee Archives and Libraries]]. For additional information about this state see the wiki article [[Tennessee Genealogy]].}}
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==How You Can Contribute ==
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
 
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==Citing this Collection==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
 
 
 
'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing "Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Tennessee." <i>Fold3.com</i>. http://www.fold3.com : 2010. NARA microfilm publication M395. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1963.}} <br><br>
 
 
 
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Record Description
Record Type Compiled Service Records
Record Group RG 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office
Collection years 1861-1865
Microfilm Publication M395. Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Tennessee. 220 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 300398423
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Tennessee. The records cover the years 1861 to 1865. The records include abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in the following original records:

  • Muster rolls
  • Returns
  • Rosters
  • Payrolls
  • Appointment books
  • Hospital registers
  • Union prison registers and rolls
  • Parole rolls
  • Inspection reports

For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier's surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s - 1917, and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M395. Index courtesy of www.fold3.com (Previously known as Footnote.com).

Service records were kept for each soldier. Those records, or their abstracts, were compiled into individual files. Each envelope/jacket contains information and cross references to original records relating to the soldier. The collection covers the years 1861 to 1865.

The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that even though this index is very accurate it still may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.


Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images.

For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.


To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Each file usually contains:

  • Jacket name
  • Soldier’s full name and rank
  • Date and place where mustered-in for service and by whom
  • Company and regiment in which served
  • Age (often estimated)
  • Length of time for service
  • Type of records in file
  • NARA publication number, title, and roll number

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

The records are in individual files which usually include the following:

  • A jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, rank, and the unit in which he served
  • A card (or cards) with abstracts of entries from original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, parole rolls, and inspection reports
  • The originals of any papers relating only to the particular soldier

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate age of your ancestor
  • The company or regiment in which your ancestor served

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s service record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
  • Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities and military units

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Tennessee.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records.

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