Wednesday, February 01, 2012


Union and Confederate soldiers and their families left behind a legacy in paper. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and in conjunction with the exhibit Divided Loyalties, the National Archives at Kansas City will host a day of courses dedicated to records that can be beneficial to genealogical research.

Please note these workshops will not address specific battles, politics, or strategies of engagements. Sessions will be taught by National Archives staff members on the following topics:

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Draftees and Deserters: Your Ancestors in the Civil War

Was your ancestor a draftee, substitute, or deserter? The U.S. Provost Marshal General was responsible for collecting information on all men eligible to fight regardless of their political loyalties. Come learn what details these unique records contain and how to search them.

11:00 a.m. –11:50 a.m.
Military Records Online

Curious about what types of Civil War records are available online? This course will explore free and subscription-based websites with Civil War military record content, including: indexes, original images, and unit histories.

12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Ordering Compiled Service Records and Pension Records

Did your ancestor serve in the Civil War? Did he or his widow apply for a pension? Come learn how to locate and order these records from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. This session will include a basic overview of the
information needed to make a request via online or by mail.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Confederate Records Available through the National Archives

While the Civil War divided the nation, it also divided the records created about it. Confederate records were not created by the U.S. Federal government, but by both the Confederate government and states that joined the Confederacy. It can be difficult to locate records on ancestors who fought for the Confederacy. This course will help you discover what records can be found at the National Archives and how to order them.

All workshops are free and open to the public. Since some of these workshops will take place during the noon hour please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy.

These workshops are free, but reservations are suggested. For more information or to make a reservation for these free events, call 816-268-8000 or email us here.

National Archives-Kansas City website

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