Sunday, March 27, 2011

FTM Top 10 Civil War Websites

Family Tree Magazine has posted a list of the top 10 Civil War websites for genealogists in their May 2011 issue. I thought I would post this and open the floor for comments. Let readers know what you think of these sites. Remember they are using criteria for genealogists not necessarily what others would use. My comments are strictly based upon what was published in FTM and not from my usage.

HOWEVER...I would like to compile a listing of readers top 10 Civil War websites. Please leave a comment with your favorites and I'll compile them and publish in a future post.

1) Civil War Soldiers and Sailors  This NPS site is a winner for anybody researching particular soldiers. It also has regiment information, cemeteries, POWs and more. A great site.

2) Footnote  This pay site has Confederate service records, Union pension applications and more.

3) Ancestry  Another pay site. Pension apps, census records, POW records and more can be  found here.

4)  The 128 volume OR appears to be the highlight here. Battle maps are also available.
5) eHistory  The OR with a searchable index is here as is the atlas. Civil War letters and diaries can also be viewed.

6) Civil War Trust  Battlefield maps, Civil War Discovery Trail, biographies and battle histories are available.

7) Nationwide Grave Locator  Find where a veteran is buried using this site. Confederate burials are included.

8) Ken Burns' The Civil War  A large image gallery, historical documents, bibliography and links are available.

9) Library of Virginia  A searchable index of 30 years worth of Confederate Veteran magazine, Virginia Pension apps, disability apps, and more can be found here.

10) American Civil War Homepage  A huge links site maintained by George H. Hoemann.


  1. Robert - thanks for this, and esp. for the post about the webinar.

    If we are talking actual websites, and not blogs, I would definitely keep FTM's #1 and #2 at the top of my list, and I would throw in as well (subscription). I would also add Penn State's Civil War Newspaper website, Library of Congress (LOC) Abraham Lincoln Papers, LOC's "American Memory" Photograph Collection, Google Books,, Making of America (Cornell), and the Richmond Daily Dispatch at University of Richmond

  2. Great list Jim. I have to admit not having been to the Penn State site before so I'll be checking that out soon! is a great site! Thanks for reading and your always constructive comments!

  3. Check out The Center for Civil War Photography's website,, including 3-D shows of CW photos and many other features.