News and the National Archives Release Millions of Civil War Records Online for the First Time

04.07.11, teaming up with the National Archives will release millions of Civil War Records online for the first time. Beginning on April 7th, for one week,’s entire collection of more than forty-two million Civil War records will be available free to anybody going to their site. The collection includes twenty-five million records that have been digitized from the National Archives.

“We are pleased that our partnership with is making these important records available outside of our research rooms,” said Susan Cummings, National Archives Director of Access Programs. “This is just the first of many series of Civil War records that will be made available online-that are scanned from original records, instead of from microfilm in the years to come.”

The new records that will be added to include:


  • US Civil War Draft Records (1863-65)
  • US Soldiers Service Records (1861-65)
  • Complete 1860 and 1870 Censuses
  • Various state-level Union and Confederate Soldier Records


It’s estimated that 17 million Americans have an ancestor who fought in the Civil War. Some of the famous names you’ll come across in the new draft records include President Grover Cleveland, Andrew Carnegie, Aaron Montgomery Ward and members of the Rockeller family.


View the entire Civil War archives for FREE on


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