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Civil War Genealogy

Whether your ancestry goes back to the Civil War, or you have an interest in this great conflict that tore America apart, these pins link to U.S. government Civil War records & historical newspaper articles—including first-hand reports of battles, leaders, soldiers’ lives and stories of how it was during the war. See photos of the people of the Civil War, explore Civil War battle maps, find books about the war and discover how to trace your roots back to this tumultuous time in American history.


Civil War Genealogy

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Obituary for Alden Howell, last surviving Confederate officer who died in 1947 at the age of 106, published in the Greensboro Record newspaper (Greensboro, North Carolina), 21 March 1947. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Captain Alden Howell: Last Confederate Officer.” blog.genealogyban...

Captain Alden Howell: Last Confederate Officer

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Photo of the Lincoln Address Memorial, designed by Louis Henrick, with bust of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, erected at the Gettysburg National Cemetery in 1912. Credit: CJC47; Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Speech.” blog.genealogyban...

Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Speech

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Photo of President Abraham Lincoln, 8 November 1863, 11 days before delivering the Gettysburg Address. Credit: Alexander Gardner; Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Speech.” blog.genealogyban...

Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Speech

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A photo of a $50 Missouri defense bond issued during the Civil War. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “William Richmond Family Bible: Horace Richmond (1852-1940).” blog.genealogyban...

William Richmond Family Bible: Horace Richmond (1852-1940)

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Painting of the Civil War Battle of Five Forks, Virginia, showing a charge led by Union General Philip Sheridan. Credit: Kurz & Allison; Library of Congress. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Researching Old Military Records & War Stories in Newspapers.” blog.genealogyban...

Researching Old Military Records & War Stories in Newspapers

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A newspaper article about the McLean House in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, the place where Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, published in the Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas), 22 February 1903. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “149th Anniversary: Civil War Ends with Lee’s Surrender to Grant.” blog.genealogyban...

149th Anniversary: Civil War Ends with Lee’s Surrender to Grant

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A newspaper article about the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, published in the Boston Herald (Boston, Massachusetts), 10 April 1865. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “149th Anniversary: Civil War Ends with Lee’s Surrender to Grant.” blog.genealogyban...

149th Anniversary: Civil War Ends with Lee’s Surrender to Grant

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A newspaper article about Perry G. Brock, a man alive in 1949 who met President Lincoln, published in the Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas), 24 November 1949. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “I Met Abraham Lincoln: True Stories in Historical Newspapers.” blog.genealogyban...

A newspaper article about Samuel Seymour, a man alive in the 1950s who witnessed President Lincoln’s assassination, published in the Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 7 February 1954. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “I Met Abraham Lincoln: True Stories in Historical Newspapers.” blog.genealogyban...

A photo of President Abraham Lincoln, 8 November 1863, by Alexander Gardner. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “I Met Abraham Lincoln: True Stories in Historical Newspapers.” blog.genealogyban...

A Civil War photo of two soldiers in Union uniforms. Credit: Library of Congress. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Civil War Genealogy: How to Find Union Soldier Uniform Clues.” blog.genealogyban...

A Civil War photo of Union Quartermaster’s mechanics. Credit: Library of Congress. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Civil War Genealogy: How to Find Union Soldier Uniform Clues.” blog.genealogyban...

A Civil War photo of Union lieutenants. Credit: Library of Congress. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Civil War Genealogy: How to Find Union Soldier Uniform Clues.” blog.genealogyban...

Civil War Genealogy: How to Find Union Soldier Uniform Clues

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A Civil War photo of Union Lieutenant General Winfield Scott. Credit: Library of Congress. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Civil War Genealogy: How to Find Union Soldier Uniform Clues.” blog.genealogyban...

Civil War Genealogy: How to Find Union Soldier Uniform Clues

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A Civil War photo of an African American soldier in the Union army. Credit: Library of Congress. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Civil War Genealogy: How to Find Union Soldier Uniform Clues.” blog.genealogyban...

Genealogy Records: A History of Regional Coverage in the U.S. Read the full article at the GenealogyBank blog: blog.genealogyban...

Genealogy Records: A History of Regional Coverage in the U.S.

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This old Civil War map depicts the “Scene of the Great Battle of Tuesday, May 10th, between Generals Grant and Lee” at Spotsylvania during the Great Virginia Campaign. Read the full article "‘Gencaching’ Challenge: Find Historical Maps in Old Newspapers" at the GenealogyBank blog: blog.genealogyban...

‘Gencaching’ Challenge: Find Historical Maps in Old Newspapers

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Because of her nursing work on the front lines during the Civil War, Clara Barton was known as the “Angel of the Battlefield.” Read more about her in "Earlier Women of War: Nurses, Camp Followers & Red Cross Volunteers" at the GenealogyBank blog: blog.genealogyban...

Google kicks off Black History Month with a doodle of Harriet Tubman. Read the full article "Harriet Tubman: Conductor, spy, and Civil War commander" at www.csmonitor.com...

A photo of the Confederate battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Civil War’s Last Rebel Town Finally Rejoined the Union—in 1946!” blog.genealogyban...

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Colonial Families of the Southern States of America by Stella Pickett Hardy

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Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era. Online and Published Military and Civilian Name Lists, 1861-1869, and Post-War Veteran Lists.

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How to Date Family Photos with Vintage Fashion Ads in Newspapers