The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database
August 05, 2013
It seems like every week I discover a new research database that helps me with conducting better and more thorough genealogy searches. One of my favorites is the National Park Service’s Soldiers and Sailors Database. Compiled using thousands of Civil War records, the Park Service indexed the names of participants who served during the American Civil War. A successful search will list the ancestor’s name and their service record, along with a detail of the action seen by their units.
When searching for an ancestor, the database allows you to look by surname and state, and whether they served for the Union or the Confederacy (to name just a few search categories). I find that less is more when beginning your search. When searching for my own ancestor, I located Abraham Davis after entering his first and last name and the state of service. The results displayed Abraham’s rank of private as part of the 119th Regiment in the Illinois Infantry. Following the 119th regiment link led me to a play-by-play of where the unit served and even several links to information about more significant skirmishes his unit fought in.
So, next time you’d like to trace the moves your ancestors made during the Civil War, start with the FREE Soldiers and Sailors Database before hunting in individual books, periodicals, and microfilm. You may only have to search once to have the entire story unfold at your fingertips.
Midwest Genealogy Center