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About the author:
Cindy Freed is a family historian, researcher and writer. She has spent more than 20 years exploring her family history and has branched out into Civil War research.

Currently Cindy writes a monthly column, Tracing Blue and Gray for Going In-Depth, The In Depth Genealogist digital magazine ( She is also a regular contributor to 4th Ohio, First Call. The quarterly magazine for the 4th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Descendants Association. In addition Cindy writes regularly for her blog Genealogy Circle where she details her personal family research as well as her pursuit in learning about the Civil War and those who fought in it.

"I want to research the Civil War and the men who served from both sides. I don't want these soldiers lost to history. I want to help their descendants learn their stories and I want to help tell their stories. We stand in those soldier's footprints today. I want to remember them and honor them."

Cindy lives in west-central Ohio with her husband, Ron and is the mother of four. You can learn more about her work by visiting her website

Ancestors in a Nation Divided

An In-Depth Guide to Civil War Research

Authored by Cindy Freed
Edited by Jennifer Alford, Terri O'Connell

Why Research Your Civil War ancestor?

You may have a story or two handed down through your family about your Civil War ancestor. So what other info do you need?

Was he a northerner called to service by the president? So with honor and the instilled need to preserve the Union he enlisted? Or was he a Confederate soldier fighting for his new country and its rights and freedom? Was he an African American, freedman or slave, fighting for the system with little acknowledgement?

Why research? Because your Civil War ancestor's story is a part of our country's history. Yet more than that it's a part of your story. To know your Civil War ancestor, his life and military service, is to know a part of you.

Ancestors In A Nation Divided will guide you through the steps of researching your Civil War ancestor. From the beginning if you only have a name - to an in-depth search of his military and post-war life this book will guide you through the process.

Packed with the resources you need to research you'll be able to:

° Begin even if you don't know where to start
° Understand Compiled Military Service Records and Pension Files
° Find your Civil War ancestor in little known and under-used censuses
° Take a look at Provost Marshall Records
° Learn about Confederate Military History and the Official Records
° Take a look at long forgotten resources like the Old Soldiers Home, GAR and UVC membership
° And so much more!

Whether your ancestor fought for the Union or the Confederacy, Ancestors In A Nation Divided will help you open the doors to his military service. You'll learn about the battles he fought, camp life, injuries he may have sustained and more. Your research will put you alongside your ancestor in his Civil War journey. You'll learn about his experiences and in knowing what he lived through you'll be able to appreciate his service all the more. The Civil War changed this country's path, it shaped our nation into what we know today and your ancestor had a hand in that. Ancestors In A Nation Divided will help you start learning about your Civil War ancestor today.

Publication Date:
1497429102 / 9781497429109
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / United States / Civil War

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