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Re: Civil War query
In Response To: Re: Civil War query ()

I understand what problems you have had with CWSS. Since the data is entered by volunteers, there can be errors and omissions. I have found several.

I checked Ancestry-including the special 1890 veterans census, but the only hit I had was the Randall I mentioned as a possible relative. No hits on the pension index either. When I hit brick walls with things like that, I have found that other routes work better. Examples: State archival records for volunteers credited to that state-most usually have regimental rosters, some cemetery records, etc. Secondly, the GAR records I mentioned before. These can be really valuable. Many of them asked for short bios or histories from the members, and they can tell you a lot about war experiences, other relatives they served with, wounds and other injuries, medals, etc. Thirdly, the State Soldiers Home in Dayton may have records. And finally, if any of the family members needed support, there are county, state and city welfare records, orphanage records, and records for support of widows, orphans and the poor.
Miscellaneous other records include the "Grand Encampment" by the GAR held after the war-they published lots of state, local and national articles and names. Yet another potential are the Black newspapers, like the Cleveland Gazette, the Chicago Defender, which were more likely to publish obituaries than the other papers.

I know it sounds daunting, but Ohio is really one of the easier states to find records. Best of luck.


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