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From: "H. Spencer Byfield" <>
Subject: [ROOTS-L] Re:copies of the National Archives films
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 12:48:34 -0400
At 4:08 AM 7/18/01, wrote:
>Is there anywherre I can obtain records of a Federal soldier in the
>civil war. I live in Alabama and can get Confederate Records at Wallace State
>College, but cannot get Northern records. I have forms to send for the
>records but before I send them 37.00 dollars I would like to know is
>there anywhere I can get them cheaper.
>Thanks, Martha >>
>LDS probably has copies of the National Archives films.
>Milton E. Botwinick [professional genealogist]
> Philadelphia, PA
While it's true that the LDS FHL probably does have copies of the National
Archives microfilms, comparatively few compiled service records for Union
Army Volunteers have been microfilmed.
Union service records have only been microfilmed for Alabama, Arkansas,
Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New
Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia,
and "Galvanized Yankees."
All other Union service records, along with Union pension files (with the
exception of those pension files still held by the Veterans Administration)
and medical records have never been microfilmed and are available only at
NARA, Washington, DC.
Troop movements or "records of events" have been microfilmed for both
confederate and union units.
You should be able to obtain a compiled service record for less than $37.00
if you hired a professional researcher - in general these are quite small
files and a fee based upon file size would be more economical - to say
nothing of the speedier response time (the current delivery time for
records ordered directly from NARA is 4-5 months).
H. Spencer Byfield
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