Answered By: Robert Sebek Last Updated: Jan 12, 2015 Views: 40
University Libraries has service records for Confederate soldiers from Virginia military units on microfilm. There are 1075 reels of film for soldiers from Virginia alone, call number: Film E581.4 C65.
The process for finding the proper reel of microfilm involves either knowing or finding the unit in which the person served.
If you do not know the military unit, you need to look up the person’s name in the index microfilm reels: Index to Compiled Service Records of Confederate soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia. Call number: Film E581.4 .C65 Index. (There will probably be many soldiers with the same name, so the more you know about the person you are researching, the better off you will be.)
Once you know the military unit, use the print guide to find the film reel number. This print guide (Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia – Pamphlet Accompanying Microcopy No. 324. Call number: E581 C65) is located on the shelves in the Microforms Area. There is another copy on the "Ready Reference" shelves behind the 2nd floor Reference Desk.
Then you will be ready to look for the appropriate reel numberin the main body of the service records.Call number: E581 C65
Example: I am looking for a soldier with the last name of "Keys". I know he served in the Third Infantry. I would find the appropriate film reel by using the print guide to look up the Third Infantry, "J - L" listing. A person with the last name of "Keys" should be found on film reel #391 in the series, Film E 581 C65.
Name indexes are owned for other Confederate States and are located in the drawers preceding the Virginia records. But, we do not own the records for the other states.
- The US National Park Service provides Confederate and Union service records online in its Soldiers and Sailors Database .
Ancestry.com also includes service records from the American Civil War and other conflicts. The VT Libraries provide access to the Ancestry Library Edition for the university community and also to members of the public visit the library in person. Many public libraries also provide Ancestry.