CONFEDERATE (& UNION) MILITARY SERVICE RECORDS

A REASONABLE PRICE FOR GREAT INSIGHT ON YOUR ANCESTOR

  • WHAT YOU GET FROM ME:
    High resolution digital images of your ancestor's service file
    scanned directly from the standard National Archives microfilm.
    These images can be edited, viewed (zoom in / out), printed,
    e-mailed, posted on the web, etc., with any personal computer.

  • FOR ABSOLUTELY NO CHARGE:
    I will investigate your ancestor's service file on film, and provide you a breakdown of item totals.
    (The number of roll identification sheets, envelopes, service cards, and papers which make up your soldier's file.)
    These details are then e-mailed to you, with the price it would cost to obtain the
    entire service file digitally scanned on CD, or delivered by online download.

  • EXPERIENCE & RESEARCH SKILL:
    With a background of over thirty years of historical study (individual and collegiate),
    and nearly fifteen years of in-depth genealogical research, some of which has appeared in
    nationally recognized genealogical publications, I am highly qualified, and can help.

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    Are only interested in your e-mail address and credit card number,
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    I am a Confederate descendent (like YOU).
    I provide personalized service, in a professional manner, for a fair price.
    Do right by your ancestor...BUY CONFEDERATE!

$4.50 & Up*
*(The above price of $4.50 is for one soldier, one unit, and a file consisting of:
one roll identification sheet, one record envelope, and one service card.
Service file sizes can range from three to fifty (or more) total items,
and vary greatly for the types of items included.
Price is not a flat rate, but based on the total number of items.
Most service files range in size from five to twenty items ($7.50 to $30.00 + shipping).
Officer files are generally much larger than that of enlisted men.
)

DELIVERY OPTIONS
A CD sent to your physical address by postal mail.
(The individual CD is a quality, name brand CD-R mailed caseless in a air shield/bubble mailer envelope.
To cover the price of the disc itself, packaging and shipping, a small fee is added to the final total.
The CD works with any computer that has a CD or DVD Drive, PC or Mac, desktop or laptop.
)
OR
Online digital download.
(Access is made available following order completion. This option requires an extraction program,
like Winzip or WinRAR, to open a compressed .zip folder containing the images.
To cover online file hosting charges, a small fee is added to the final total.
)

There is NO CHARGE until you decide to place an order.
I cannot tell you the size of your ancestor's service file, OR
how much it might cost, without YOU taking the first step.
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THE BEST RECORD COPY

     Compiled Military Service Records (CMSR) are comprised of an envelope with the soldier's name on it, and a certain number of service cards. These items were created by the United States War Department forty to fifty years AFTER the war (1900's-1910's), as a means of verifying the service of all "Civil War" / War Between the States soldiers, Confederate and Union. The data on these items was abstracted from original muster rolls, regimental returns, hospital records, prison records, etc. In the late 1950's and early 1960's, the National Archives microfilmed all these envelopes and abstract cards, and organized them into film rolls for each unit. These records can be difficult to read, and are frequently incomplete.

DETAILS OFTEN INCLUDED IN COMPILED MILITARY SERVICE RECORDS:
- Enlistment
(Date / Location).
- Clothing Issues.
- Pay Disbursements.
- Extra Duty Assignments.
- Furloughs / Leaves of Absence.
- Promotions.
- Woundings.
- Hospitalizations.
- Discharge.
- Capture / Imprisonment / Parole.
- Death
(If the soldier died while in service.).

WHAT COMPILED MILITARY SERVICE RECORDS DO NOT HAVE:
- NO details about battles and campaigns of your ancestor's unit (at large).
(These types of events are rarely ever mentioned in CMSR files, EXCEPT in such cases where
the soldier was captured, wounded, killed, or commended for valor in some particular conflict.
There are published compendiums (available at a public library near you) which abstract the
major activities of most units (i.e.: Crute, Hewett, Sifakis, etc.), but these do not include
details about specific soldiers in those commands (beyond the names of field and staff officers).
)
- NO "blow-by-blow", highly-detailed accounting of every day of service.
(Commanding officers died, resigned, or were frankly too busy with logistics (clothing, payment, supply, etc.),
tactics (drill and maneuver), and combating desertion and hunger to file regular reports.
Thus, most service files (Confederate OR Union) frequently have gaps of time unaccounted for.
)
- NO familial data (parents, siblings, wives, children, etc.),
or details about the soldier's life before or after the war (like burial locations).
(These details are most often found in other non-military, civil documents like censuses,
family bibles, probates, wills, cemetery survey books, etc.
)
- NO diaries or personal letters home, post-war indigent pension applications,
or photographic images of any sort.
(These types of materials (if they existed) are either in the possession of your extended family,
private collectors, various archives and museums, or have since been lost to history.
)

     Any papers that are included in a soldier's file are most often original documents. The majority of papers (especially in NCO and officer files) are of a non-personal nature, like supply requisitions (for their entire company or regiment) and pay statements. However, both officers and enlisted men sometimes have other important handwritten items like: personal requests for leave of absence (or furlough), parole documents, discharges, resignations, death settlement claims, etc.

  • For avid family history researchers, this is detail you do not want to overlook!

  • For those looking to join (or make supplemental applications with) the SCV or UDC,
    this is the critical information you need to "prove" your ancestor's service.

  • You get the complete service file (not just the "noteworthy" parts) at a
    price, quality, speed of service, and personal attention that cannot be matched.

     The DIFFERENCE with my product, is it's DIGITAL, not paper! The clarity surpasses standard microfilm printer copies. No more huge 11" X 17" paper copies to get bent up, and no need for a magnifying glass to read them. You can edit, print, and view each image with any computer. Post the images on your family webpage, e-mail them to others, the choice is yours.

     Each item is individually scanned, with powerful CMOS technology (@ 24 bit, 4X optical zoom), then saved as an archival quality LZW (lossless compression) tiff image. For delivery, you have the choice of obtaining a CD, sent to your physical address by postal mail, OR online digital download made available to you following payment and order completion.

Here are four "average" examples (record envelope, service card, service card, original document):
Sample No. 1 Sample No. 2 Sample No. 3 Sample No. 4
(For website and user bandwidth purposes, samples are in lesser quality .jpg format.)

    You can edit the images on the CD as many times as you like.
The original scans will always remain "original" on the disc itself.

ACTUAL CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

"Looking at these documents is like stepping back into the history of the war,
and the life of my great-great grandfather. Thank you so much."
-Mark B., Temple, TX

"You've gone way above and beyond the scope of what I paid you for and I am very grateful.
You have my word that I will strongly give recommendations to my friends."
-Jerry C., Snellville, GA

"I got the CD yesterday - one word: GREAT!!
I looked at the documents a couple of times last night, amazed at the pieces of history at our fingertips.
Thanks so much for your help and this service."
-Terri C., Waycross, GA

"The quality of the images is quite clear and it's just a great thing to have and share with the family.
Also, your level of service is quite extraordinary. I will certainly recommend it to anyone looking for their
ancestor's service records."
-Whit F., College Park, GA

"I will be sure to tell others about your service.
It sure beats going to the archives, signing up for one of the 400 microfilm readers,
and then using those copiers that produce the world's worst copies of the microfilm.
It has been a pleasure to work with you."
-Scott H., Franklin, TN

"I got the disc and it was fantastic!  You do a great job.
I am very pleased with the quality as I zoomed in on files to get
up close looks at signatures. You did a wonderful job for me!!!"
-Thomas P., Dallas, GA

"I wanted to let you know I got the CD today and everything is great!
Thank you so much for your help. What a treasure for a family to have."
-Sharie S., Sterling, VA

"I received my order in today's mail. I am very happy with the results.
Thank you for your professional efforts on my behalf. I very much appreciated
your excellent communication with regard to my questions and my order."
-Connie T., Concord, NC

HOW TO GET STARTED

To the best of your ability, please advise me of the following:

  • What is your soldier's full name? (First, middle (name or initial), and surname.)

  • Where did he live at the time of his enlistment? (State required. County, if known.)

  • When was he born? (Approximate, if known.)

  • What unit(s) was he in? (If known.)

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If you are NOT aware of WHO you are looking for,
see the following page for suggestions.

UNITS AVAILABLE

At this time, I can provide service record files of soldiers who served the following states ONLY:

CONFEDERATE

UNION

Alabama

Alabama

Florida

Georgia

Florida

Kentucky

Louisiana

Louisiana

Maryland

Mississippi

Mississippi

Missouri

North Carolina

North Carolina

South Carolina

Tennessee

Tennessee

Virginia

Units Raised Directly by the
Confederate Government

Texas

Confederate General & Staff Officers &
Non-Regimental Enlisted Men

Virginia

PAYMENT & ORDER PROCESSING

     Production of your order begins AFTER you and I discuss your soldier, his unit has been identified, a card count and price breakdown has been provided to you (free of charge), and payment for the proper amount quoted is received.

PAYMENT OPTIONS:
Secure online payment through PayPal™ using a major credit (or debit) card.
OR
Money order (or bank drafted cashier's check) by postal "snail" mail.
No personal checks.

     Once the above is completed, receipt of product by you should occur within ten to fourteen days, depending on U.S. Postal Service delivery schedules, and the order production queue. Clients electing to download their order online will be granted file retrieval access in about half the time.

You will receive e-mail updates at each step of the process:

  • Initial Contact.

  • Record Lookup / Item Count / Price Breakdown.

  • Payment Receipt.

  • Production Completed / Postal Mailing To You OR Online Digital Delivery.

Why pay for paper? You can have it DIGITAL!
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