Free access to newly digitized Civil War records - ancestry.com

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April 07, 2011|by Carson Porter

This is really amazing. Visit ancestry.com before 4/14 and you can search through their newly digitized Civil War records for free. You can now search through the Civil War Draft Registration Records from 1863-1865 for your family members. They are also offering a 14 day free trial of the entire site.

From Press Release:

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the National Archives and Ancestry.com will host a special press-only announcement and preview of online Civil War records that will be made available for the first time outside of the National Archives. The newly digitized records will be made available to Ancestry.com members on April 6, 2011, and will be free to the general public for one week beginning on April 7.

A goal of the National Archives is to migrate online as many of its extensive Civil War holdings as possible. On April 6, Ancestry.com will publish the first in a series of Civil War records that have been digitized from original paper National Archives records. The new Civil War collection is highlighted by the Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records, 1863-1865. These nearly 275,000 records are among the most heavily-used records for research in the National Archives Civil War holdings and were previously only available by request in original form at the research center. The public will now be able to easily access these records online without having to travel to Washington, DC.

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