Tuesday, May 10, 2011

FamilySearch Announces Releases of Hundreds of Millions of Civil War Records

As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, people who had ancestors involved in the conflict can access millions of historical records recently published on the familysearch.org website. And millions more records are coming, as Civil War indexing volunteers enlist in an epoch campaign over the next five years to provide access to the highly desirable historic documents.
FamilySearch announced the release today of hundreds of millions of online records at Librarians Day at the National Genealogical Society conference in Charleston, South Carolina. The collections include service records for both the Confederate and Union armies, pension records, and more. Some of the records have been available for some time but are now being added to familysearch.org/civilwar as part of this project. Here is just a sampling og what is available:
  • Arizona, Service Record of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War, 1861-1863
  • Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929
  • Civil War Pension Index
  • Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950
  • Missouri Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers' Home Admission Applications
  • South Carolina Compiled Service records of Confederate Soldiers (NARA M267)
  • South Carolina Probate 1671-1977
  • South Carolina Probate Records, Files, and Loose Papers, 1732-1964
  • United States, 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows
  • United States, Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904
  • United States Union Provost Marshall's Office Files of Papers Relating to Two or More Civilians, 1861-1866
  • U.S. Soldiers Index, 1855-1865
  • U.S. Navy Widows' Certificates, 1861-1910 (NARA M1279)
  • U.S. Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933
  • Vermont Enrolled Militia, 1861-1867

Monday, May 2, 2011

Help for Consultants

BYU's Center for Family History and Genealogy has created a companion to the Member's Guide to assist SS teachers in their calling. All of the materials are scriptures, quotes from the prophets, and materials put out by the Church. One of the Center's purposes is to support the Church in this work.

If you go to the Center's web site, http://familyhistory.byu.edu/ and scroll down, the Companion description and link is the fourth item down in the center column. A great deal of work went into this site, and we hope it's helpful to you. While you're there, feel free to take a look at some of our other projects! Our Script Tutorials were just recommended in an email going out to all FamilySearch indexers as a place to learn more about reading old handwriting.

Source: FHCNet Mailing List, Jill Crandell, Director, Center for Family History and Genealogy, Brigham Young University