Genealogy Help Page
I am Private Church of the 2nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry. I have created this page for the purpose of helping people find ancestors in the Civil War.
Due to a great demand by people researching their ancestors I have decided to add tips on how to locate them and people that may be of help.
Some people get confused and do not know where to turn for information on Civil War ancestors or end up hiting brick walls.
Here is some of he information that I think will help you in your search.
- Many Civil War ancestors used alias to join for different reasons. Some where to young to join. Some ran away from Pre-arranged marriages. (Don't laugh Franklin Thomas AKA Sarah Emma Edmonds was one of these) Some were wanted by the law. British North Americans (Canadians) were baned by law from joining so many took aliases and possibly many more reasons.
- After years of traveling and numerous battles some of the Regiments records became a little confused. An example of this was over 500 soldiers transfered from the 27th Michigan to the 2nd Michigan.
- If you walk into any Civil War Cemetary you will find numerous "Unknown" soldiers. In many cases the soldiers were moved to National Cemetaries after the war and many ended up with that title. In our days a simple DNA test could be made and links to familly easier to achieve but that was not the case back then. To try to do it now would be Extremely Expensive.
- AWOL (Absent Without Leave) and Dishonable Discharges, as with some cases with the 2nd Michigan, the soldiers never appeared on the Michigan Nominal Roll at the start of the war. i do not know the reason behind this but I guess it was some form of punishment.
Below I have added some links that could be helpfull in your search for Civil War Soldiers. If their Web Page is of no help E-Mail them and see what they can do for you.
My favorite links.
|1. Mich in the War|
2. S.U.V.C.W. (Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War) is an association of descendants of Veterans. They have an amazing list of Graves of Veterans.
3. M.O.L.L.U.S. (Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States) is another group of descendants of Civil War Veterans.
5. ACW American Civil War Home Page contains many links and information on Veterans.
Please Click on HERE to get Information on Canadian in the American Civil War.
Please Click on HERE to get information on some Canadians in States and Federal Service during the American Civil War including the best pages I found for Regimental Rosters etc.
Please Click on HERE to get information on Michigan involvement in the Civil War including Regimental Contacts, Hisatories, Web Pages and more.
|Soldiers Graves||July 14,1999||*Great CW Info Page*||Aug.17,1998|
|*Death by State*||Oct.14,1998||1.*CW Regimental Archive*||Oct.25,1998|
|Information on Cemeteries||Dec. 16,1998||*ACW Info Archives*||Oct.6th,1998|
|2.ACW Homepage||3. *USCT, CC & CHA*|
- CW Regimental Archive is one of the most complete list of Federal Units and Histories I have found so far.
- American Civil War Homepage as got a lot of information including a HUGE list of people researching Regiments.
- USCT, USCC & USCHA were designation given to most regiments with "Coloured" troups. USCT=United States Coloured Troup, USCC=United States Coloured Cavalry & USCHA United States Coloured Heavy Artillery.
|My Favorite Links||Oct. 19,1998||People Needing Info. Help||Jan. 21,1999|
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|This Site Awards & Reviews||Oct. 19,1998||*Our Page CW Clip Art*||Aug. 11 1998|
|About the Web Master||Aug.17,1998||Let me Make your Page||Aug.17,1998|
|Special Thank You||Oct. 21,1998||This Pages CopyRight||Sept.19,1998|
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