Helpful links to Internet databases, catalogs, finding aids and more....
Catalogs, Digital Collections, Finding Aids, and Guides
Medals and Honors
Naval Research Records
Prints and Photographs
Soldier and Sailor Databases
CATALOGS, DIGITAL COLLECTIONS, FINDING AIDS, ETC.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
The Library of Congress has several helpful online catalogs and finding aids.
Search the Catalog
Online Finding Aids
Online Manuscript Collections
Civil War Guide
The National Archives and has lots of online information to help you with your search.
Archival Research Catalog (ARC)
ARC is the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings, with descriptions currently of over 55% of NARA's holdings. Perform searches using keywords, by location, organization, person, or topics, and for digitized images.
Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
AAD is a search engine into some of NARA's holdings of electronic records. Currently there are databases and indexes from approximately 30 archival series; this number will continue to grow. Search by person, geographic areas, organizations, or dates.
Federal Records Guide
Search NARA's holdings of federal records at a very high level, to identify which record groups may have material relevant to your research topics. This includes records that originated in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches.
Searchable database of NARA's more than 3,000 numbered microfilm publications. The microfilm collection includes those created by or purchased by NARA for researcher use. Determine which rolls of microfilm may be the most relevant for your research at NARA.
Published Research Guides, Articles, and Papers
These include guides, articles, reference papers, inventories, and more, all designed to help prepare you for your research at NARA.
Finding Aids for Holdings in the Regional Archives
Links to holdings guides, articles, lists, indexes to files, and other finding aids prepared by the Regions to assist researchers.
Archives Library Information Center (ALIC)
The Reference at Your Desk feature provides quick access to online resources on many diverse subjects. Also search the online library catalog for holdings of the Archives libraries in Washington, DC and College Park, MD.
Record Groups (numeric order)
List of all Federal records held in the National Archives in numeric order by record group, along with some statistical information.
US ARMY MILITARY HISTORY INSTITUTE
US Army Heritage Collection Online
Biographies, Books, Manuscripts, Photographs. Regimental Histories. Unit Bibliographies, and more.
US CIVIL WAR CENTER - LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Online Resources & Exhibitions
Civil War links
SEE: Cemetery and Headstone Records
SEE: Manuscript Research
MEDALS AND HONORS
American Civil War Battle Maps
Civil War Battle Maps by State
SEE: Medals and Honors
US Army Center of Military History - List of Medal of Honor citations
National Library of Medicine
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
American Civil War Message Board
Civil War Message Board Portal (Topics by state and interest)
NAVAL RESEARCH RECORDS
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Navy Department Library - Online Reading Room
PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
SEE: Prints and Photographs
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
US Army Heritage Collection OnLine
Unit Bibliographies, Regimental Histories
American Civil War Research Database
Civil War Regimental Rosters (by state)
SOLDIER AND SAILOR DATABASES
Ancestry.com Free Trial
With more than 5 billion names and 4,000 searchable databases, Ancestry.com is the #1 online source for family history information, including the web's largest collection of historical records. Search databases including exclusive information you won't find anywhere else on the web.
American Civil War Research Database (Subscription required – low cost!)"The largest, most in-depth and fully searchable database of American Civil War soldiers and events." Service records, rosters, photographs, regimental histories and much more!
Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System (Free Service)
The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a computerized database containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War. Other information includes: histories of regiments in both the Union and Confederate Armies, links to descriptions of 384 significant battles of the war, and other historical information. Additional information about soldiers, sailors, regiments, and battles, as well as prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records, will be added over time.
The web's premier collection of original military records. Seven Day Free Trial!
Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.
Genealogy.com (subscription required)
Few other family history sites are as trusted or as visited as Genealogy.com, which offers a wide range of family and local histories, vital records, military records and much more.
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