Census and Genealogy Records
HOW TO ORDER MILITARY RECORDS FROM
Where can you
find Civil War records online?
Learn about your Civil War
ancestors. The fascinating lives and stories of our Civil War
Soldiers will unfold with each small tidbit gathered by you.... the
These things which
we leave to our descendants will become priceless treasures! Learn
how to locate Civil War records with the easy tips below.
How to Order Civil War
You will need the name of the soldier along with the Company
and Regiment he served to order the military record or pension records.
Union and Confederate Military Records
should be ordered from Washington. You can order the NATF 86 Form needed to order
the records HERE.
I suggest you order extras.
When requesting the records, make a note at the top of the form, asking for ALL records.
Give them as much information as possible. Too much information is better than too
little. Remember, any information you give them is going to help them locate the
records you need.
Some soldiers have records filed under different spellings of their name.
soldier has records listed under different spellings, I have included those in the
indexes. Be sure to put all spellings on the form.
Some soldiers fought in more than one regiment or company.
You must include all of
them. They will only send records on the regiment and company you ask for.
ended up ordering twice for one of my ancestors (paid the fee twice!) because I didn't
Union Pension Records should be ordered
from Washington using form NATF 85 (Order
You cannot order the Military Record and Pension Record on one form.
Confederate Pension Records cannot be ordered from Washington.
These pensions were filed from
the state where the soldier resided at the time they applied for the pension.
Therefore these records are filed at the state level and can often be ordered from the
State Archives or State Libraries. Finding these records requires a little more
effort. Your ancestor will have filed an application from the state where they
resided when the pensions were enacted, not necessarily the state where they served.
The years when Confederate pensions were allowed vary from state to state. For help with Confederate Pension Records,
link at The National Archives.
- NOTE: If you don't have
any information on what unit or company your ancestor was in or if they served at all,
check the following sources:
- About Civil War Pensions
- *Getting the Most Out of the Civil War Pension Index, Part I
*Getting the Most Out of the Civil War Pension Index, Part II
*Getting the Most Out of the Civil War Pension Index, Part III
Cynthia Fox and Connie Potter of the National
Archives have submitted these guides to help you understand
the process for requesting Civil War Pension records
from the National Archives and help you avoid some common
mistakes in your requests.
More to see:
- Researching Military Heroes
- Veterans in Your Family
War Soldiers Database at Ancestry
Learn how to locate your Civil War ancestor's military records.
Discover where to find Civil War records online.
Military records can present a wealth of information for the genealogy