My 3 best online sites to begin your Civil War research all are Free!

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The Civil War is the one single event in our country’s history that still captures a lot of attention today. More books are published and read about the Civil War every year than any other era in our history. Maybe you’ve even wondered if your ancestor(s) played a role in this powerful time in our county’s history. Nearly 3 million men from both the north and south fought in the war. All these men left their homes and families to fight for their beliefs. It’s more than likely one, if not several, of your ancestors participated.

So, where do you begin as you search for your ancestors place in this monumental struggle known as the Civil War? First look through your family tree at the generation of men born in the late 1820’s, the 1830’s and 1840’s. Also, remember many youths lied about their age and served when only 16 or 17 years old. So flexibility with dates is a plus! Now where do you go from here?

National Parks Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System

Armed with a name try finding your potential soldier at the National Parks Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System Database. It’s a good, free website provided by the National Parks System. While there be sure to click on the Tools page and Info page. There’s a lot of great information available and many details on regiments and battles. Knowing a little about the battles your ancestor fought in puts you in his footsteps. How far from home was he? Did his regiment move often? Did he see major casualties? All these variables were sure to change him forever and certainly helps the genealogist identify with their ancestor.

Family Search

Continue researching your Civil War ancestor at the FamilySearch.org site. Along with their database this free site, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has info pages, video demos, a blog, and free courses. There’s a lot to find on this site beside the records you’re searching for and all free!

Cyndi’s List

Another avenue to follow as you research your Civil War ancestor is Cyndi’s List. This is not a database where you’ll find your particular soldier listed but a compilation of links when researching your Union, Confederate, and African-American soldiers. There’s listings for battlefields and battles, prisoners and prisons, censuses, and the lists go on and on. With links to just about every Civil War internet site known to mankind you could quite possibly spend the rest of your life pursuing leads from Cyndi’s List alone. Stop here when you have time on your hands.

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The June issue of Going In-Depth is available!!

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!

Civil War Quick Tip for your Indiana Ancestor

FBGenCircleLogo1Here’s a great resource for researching your Indiana Civil War veteran.

This site, Civil War Indiana, lists numerous helps for researching your ancestor. Everything from Researching an Indiana Soldier to Indiana men on the Sultana. If your Civil War ancestor served in an Indiana regiment you’ll want to check this out.

Also I’d love for you to sign up for my monthly tipsCivil War Research Tips here. 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!

#IDGChat: Guest Chat with Cindy Freed on Civil War Research, Friday February 7, 2014

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Join us for #IDGChat

That’s right! I’ll be co-hosting this week’s #IDGChat with regular hosts Terri O’Connell and Jen Alford!

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.

Since I’m a guest host this week, IDG asks that you make sure your are following @genealogycircle as well as @indepthgen @tracingmyfamily and @JenniferAlford on Twitter.

The #IDGChat times across the country are:

8pm EST
7PM CST
6PM MST
5PM PST

Join us for the entire hour or any portion of it—we want you to attend!

I can’t wait to chat with you this Friday at #IDGChat. See you then!

Where can you get lots of free genealogy research help? Going In-Depth of course!

Have you had a chance to read the November issue of Going In-Depth!

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”!