I was in my local library last week looking for a book called House Histories A Guide to Tracing the Genealogy of Your Home, and after finding this book I ran past the genealogy section which is sadly, very small. I did find a book I had not seen before, or just didn’t “need” before called Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors by Bertram Hawthorne Groene. It is a thin book with small print and I read almost half of it in one evening. This book was written in 1999 and while some of the information regarding obtaining records through the National Archives may be slightly different today in 2011, it is still a good resource.
Bertram outlines where the records are, what they contain, how to get them and a few tips about requesting them. He also talks about artifacts he has located and how he researched the people behind them if a name was engraved on the artifact. Very interesting.
As I read I should have been taking notes but decided after I read through it once, I’ll go through it again and take notes and see what I missed. There is so much great information! Take a look at this book if you are researching your Civil War ancestor. You will not be disappointed!