Going In-Depth is the free digital genealogy magazine presented by The In-Depth Genealogist. In each monthly issue, you’ll find guest articles, regular columns, and free resources such as Ask Ephraim and MIAA to help you along your family history journey. As with all IDG products, they strive to create a resource for every genealogist, no matter the age, stage, or focus of your research.
My article this month is Civil War POWs and listed on the cover! Click the magazine photo to start reading excellent genealogy research ideas for free!
Also I’d love for you to sign up for my monthly tips – Civil War Research Tipshere. I’ll share pointers and info to help in researching your Civil War ancestor. Please take a moment to sign up and thanks so much!
We’ll be talking about researching our Civil War ancestors. It’ll be a time for all of us to share our research experiences, best resources, etc.
Bring your questions, tips and blog posts about your veteran to #IDGChat Friday February 7th. We’ll learn a lot and have fun while doing it!
We will use http://www.tchat.io/rooms/idgchat as our chat room, it worked well for the brick wall chat in January so we’ll use it again this time. All you need to do is sign in with your Twitter account and you will be ready to go.
With articles like Researching Women in the Military, Finding Your Cherokee Ancestors and my own column Are There Civil War Genealogy Gems in Your Backyard? you’ll find lots of new ideas and tips for your genealogy research.
So kick your feet up and grab your favorite beverage and let’s “Go In-Depth”!
Whether you’ve been swept up in the recent 150th anniversary commemoration of Gettysburg or watched Kelly Clarkson’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? tracking down your Civil War ancestor and where he fought maybe something you’re interested in. If so here are some resources to get you started.
First check your family tree for men who were born between 1820 and 1843. That’s approximately the time frame of a Civil War soldier’s birth. Then check the 1860 census for the state in which he lived. My research hung up on that fact at first. I thought my ancestor fought with an Ohio regiment only to find the family was still living in Pennsylvania during the 1860’s and so he fought with the 81st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.
Now armed with a name and place he was living check my top five suggestions to start your research.
Regimental History – Now that you know the name of the regiment your ancestor served with research that regiment on your favorite search engine. You will find numerous resources from websites to blogs, to books that will detail the formation of the regiment, where they served, which battles they were involved in, their casualty numbers and where they mustered out. There were approximately 3,000 regiments, formed during the war, from both north and south. 2,000 of those regiments have a book written about their service. Some books you will find written by the soldiers after the war, many more by scholars who have studied a particular regiment. By learning your ancestor’s regiment’s history you’ll get the specifics of where and how he served. Continue reading →