Basic family tree

This guide was last updated in 2010

Before you look into other records, draw your family tree for this period.

It is helpful to clearly label which of your ancestors was alive during the Civil War, how old they were (particularly who was of military age) and where they lived (which may have strongly influenced which side they were on).

Are there any clues in the family as to your ancestors’ involvement in the war or its aftermath: family stories, letters, wills or any other documents that might hint at involvement, allegiances, loss or gain of property or divisions within the family?

It is helpful to include dates of burial in your tree, as they may indicate whether any ancestors died during the course of the war, or indeed simply disappeared from their home parish, perhaps suggesting that they marched with an army and did not return.

 

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