Researching Ancestors who fought in the Civil War

If you are interested in researching ancestors who fought in the Civil War, pay a visit to the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database, provided by the US National Parks Service at

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Other information on the site includes histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records, which will be amended over time. The CWSS is a cooperative effort between the National Park Service and several public and private partners whose goal is to increase Americans’ understanding of this decisive era in American history by making information about it widely accessible.


Set Sail with Your Mayflower Ancestry

Between 25–30 million Americans are directly descended from passengers of the Mayflower—the ship that shaped America. Are you among them?

NEHGS has been helping people conduct research on their Mayflower lineage for more than a century! Let our Research Services staff determine whether you have Mayflower ancestry and then document it expertly. Already know your Mayflower lineage? We’ll gather the supporting documentation and prepare an application, with all the required citations, for your membership to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD). There’s no better way to celebrate a Mayflower connection then to join the society that honors them.
Sign up for the NEHGS Lineage Package today and upon the completion of your application, you’ll receive a FREE chart from NEHGS documenting your Mayflower ancestry! (A $200 value.)

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