Using Military Records


Military records are useful in genealogical research.  Even if the ancestor did not serve in a war, many were required to file draft registration cards which may contain the name, address, birth date, birthplace, next of kin, occupation and physical description of the individual.  If the individual served in the military, records would contain their name, birth date, birthplace, rank, unit, and dates of service.  Pension records are military records.  Pension records are more useful than service records in tracking lineage since a soldier’s pension was distributed to his widow or other heir in the event of his death. Pension records may contain the recipient’s name, residences, marriages, medical, and death information.

Online sources that contain military records:

Select Louisiana Civil War Records*: 

  • 1890 Louisiana Veterans Census Index
  • Pre-Civil War Military Records of the Florida Parishes
  • Civil War Records of the Florida Parishes of Louisiana
  • Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units, 1861-1865
  • Index to Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana
  • Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands – Volumes 1-3

Other sources for military records*: 

  • 1890 Veteran’s Schedule of the Federal Census
  • Regimental histories:
    • Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion
    • The Roster of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
    • Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies – Part 1 – Volumes 1-12, Reports; Part 2 – Volumes 1-80, Records of Events; Part 3 – Volumes 1-3, Correspondence; Index – Volumes 1-5, A-Z
    • War of the Rebellion. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies - Series 1, Volume 1 – Series 4, Volume 3 with Index

*For a complete listing, check the St. Tammany Parish Library Catalog