Civil War Genealogy Toolkit
These websites, books and organizations will help you trace Civil War soldiers in your family tree.

Web Sites

Access Genealogy: Civil War Records

Alabama Department of Archives and History: Civil War Records

The American Civil War Home Page

American Memory Click War, Military, then titles of Civil War collections.

Bits of Blue and Gray

A Brief Introduction to Genealogy and the American Civil War

The Civil War Archive Regimental Index

The Civil War Archive: United States Colored Troops

Confederate States Regimental History Index

Civil War Era This database of opinion pamphlets and newspapers from the Civil War years is available at subscribing libraries.

Civil War Genealogy

Civil War Resources in the Atlanta Area

Civil War Rosters Arranged by State

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System

Confederate States Navy, Museum, Library & Research Institute

Cyndi's List: US Civil War US Civil War

Genforum Civil War Forum

Grand Army of the Republic and Related Research Links

Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database

Indiana Civil War Soldiers Database

Kentucky Civil War Rosters

Pennsylvania Civil War Soldier Databases

Prologue: Civil War and Later Navy Personnel Records at the National Archives, 1861-1924

Massachusetts 54th Infantry

Military History Online: Civil War Genealogy Database

National Park Service Civil War Web Site

New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War

Northern NH Civil War Veterans

North Carolina Civil War Genealogical Resources

The Olive Tree Genealogy: Civil War Genealogy & History

Researching People of the Civil War Era

US Civil War History Selected Primary and Secondary Sources

Union Army Regimental History Index

US Military Records Research Outline: Civil War

Vermont in the Civil War

Western Maryland Historical Library: Civil War


Bibliography of State Participation in the Civil War, 1861-1866 (Martino Publishing Co.)

The Civil War Day by Day: An Almanac 1861-65 by E.B. and Barbara Long (Da Capo Press)

Civil War Sites: The Official Guide to Battlefields, Monuments, and More by the Civil War Preservation Trust (Globe Pequot)

A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, 3 volumes, by Frederick H. Dyer (National Historical Society)

Confederate States Navy Research Guide by Thomas Truxton Moebs (Moebs Publishing Co., out of print)

The Confederacy: A Guide to the Archives of the Confederate States of America by Henry Putney Beers (NARA)

Confederate Burials, 28 volumes, by Raymond W. Watkins (Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History)

Deaths of Confederate Soldiers in Confederate Hospitals, 14 volumes, by Raymond W. Watkins (Lauderdale County Department of Archives and History)

Index to the Roll of Honor by Martha and William Reamy (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Military Bibliography of the Civil War by Charles E. Dornbusch (New York Public Library)

The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War by George B. Davis, Calvin D. Cowles and others (The Fairfax Press)

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion General Index by Dudley W. Knox (Antiquarian Press)

Personnel of the Civil War edited by William Frayne Amann, 2 volumes, (Thomas Yoseloff

Register of Officers of the Confederate States, 1861-1865, Office of Naval Records (J.M. Carroll & Co.)

Roll of Honor: Civil War Union Soldiers CD (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (30 volumes, Government Printing Office)

The Roster of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 edited by Janet B. Hewett (33 volumes, Broadfoot Publishing)

The Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 edited by Janet B. Hewett (16 volumes, Broadfoot Publishing)

Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies edited by Janet B. Hewett (51 volumes, Broadfoot Publishing, out of print)

Union: A Guide to Federal Archives Relating to the Civil War by Kenneth W. Munden and Henry Putney Beers (NARA)

The Unpublished Roll of Honor by Mark Hughes (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 70 volumes (Government Printing Office)

Who Was Who in the Civil War by Stewart Sifakis (Facts on File)


Army Heritage and Education Center
950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, (717) 245-3971

Civil War Preservation Trust
1331 H St. N.W., Suite 1001, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 367-1861

Confederate Research Center
Box 619, Hillsboro, TX 76645, (254) 582-2555

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
503 S. Walnut St., Springfield, IL 62704, (217) 544-0616

Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library
4278 Griscom St., Philadelphia, PA 19124, (215) 289-6484

Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20540, (202) 707-5000

Library of Virginia
800 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219, (804) 692-3500

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
1805 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20408, (866) 272-6272

New England Civil War Museum
Thomas J. O'Connell Library
14 Park Place, Vernon, CT 06066, (860) 870-3563

Sons of Confederate Veterans
Box 59, Columbia, TN 38401, (800) 693-4943

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Box 1865, Harrisburg, PA 17105, (717) 232-7000

United States Civil War Center Hill Memorial Library
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, (225) 578-6544

United Daughters of the Confederacy
Memorial Building, 328 North Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220, (804) 355-1636