Researching Your Civil War Ancestor
"Vermont in the Civil War (VermontCivilWar.Org)" is a military history project, not a genealogy project, but when talking about your Civil War ancestor, you usually can't separate the two. Although the participants in the project can not provide assistance with other than military service and burial information, we have put together the following resource list to help you out. If anyone has additional Vermont-specific listings to add, please let us know.
VermontCivilWar.Org can be used as a resource for individuals looking for information on their Civil War ancestors. If you don't know what unit your ancestor served with, start with the Surname Index.
Once you know his unit, you can get service and pension records from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This will take you to a page where you can order forms to request the files. Request NATF Form 85 for a pension record, and NATF Form 86 for a service record.
The Family History Library at Sault Lake City, Utah, has published a Research Outline - U.S. Military Records, which provides major sources for Civil War information.
Check out the Descendants Page associated with your ancestors unit. Find another descendant from the same unit. Maybe you have something to share with each other.
For more general information, check out the most extensive bibliography listing on Vermont in the Civil War.
You can also submit queries about your ancestor under one of the following Civil War related categories at rootsweb.com:
For more generalized genealogical information:
Geneabios.com has a Genealogy Biography Database, which includes a couple Vermont documents; click on Collections.
DistantCousin.com has recently added the Burlington, Vermont 1869/70 City Directory to its listings.
Also, please check out the Vermont Mailing Lists Homepage. They frequently offer access to lots of people to have additional sources. They have a list specifically for Vermont in the Civil War, VT-CIVIL-WAR-L.
Want a birth or marriage certificate? You'll need to contact a local Vital Records Offices. You may have to contact a County Clerk, or an individual town clerk, which must fall under one of the following: Addison-Guilford, Halifax-Ryegate, and Salisbury-Worcester; take your choice.
The University of Vermont maintains an online listing in their Special Collections Department.
The Genealogical Society of Vermont has a website, and if your Civil War ancestor was originally from Quebec, you might find additional resources through the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a great deal of material available online at Familysearch.org.
The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, in Washington, D.C., which claims to have one of the largest genealogical libraries in the world (I believe it, I've been there!), has published their Online Library Catalog. Its an impressive collection! But don't forget the Library of Congress.
And there is what is probably the ultimate Internet genealogy resource, the Civil War Section of "Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet."