Online Confederate Records – Gopher Records December 2020

I noticed this today – Online Confederate Records: I mentioned this company recently – Gopher Records – New Genealogy Related Website – December 7, 2020. I am adding to my list of websites to check on a regular basis as they don’t send out notices when they post something to their blog. It’s a fairly detailed list of what’s available online. As noted below, not all states have everything online. You need to contact the state archives to see what is available off-line. It’s a long list and shortened it to keep readable.

Records about Confederate soldiers are certainly less prevalent than those for their Union counterparts.  But many more Confederate records exist than are widely known – and many of those records are online.

Unfortunately, they are spread across multiple web sites, some of which require a subscription, so they can be hard to find. It is also not widely known that some of the databases on subscription sites are available elsewhere for free.

Here we offer a chart showing the most significant Confederate records that are available online with direct links to the search engines for those databases.

Note that these charts to not attempt to itemize county-specific Confederate records, veteran lists, specific Confederate cemeteries, or specific prisoner of war camps., in particular, offers free access to hundreds of such records online and through their Family History Centers.


For following chart itemizes Confederate public records that are available for specific states.  Note that every state repository has many Confederate records that are not online and therefore are not represented here.  To access those records or to request copies of them, click on the state name in the chart below for contact info.

For pension records, bear in mind the Southern states offered pensions to the post-war residents of their state, regardless of the state for which those soldiers served. So look for pension records in the state(s) where the veteran and/or his widow lived after the war.

In states where pensions were authorized for the widows of veterans, they were qualified only to the extent that the veteran himself had been qualified for one.


Every state archives holds Confederate records that are not online and therefore are not represented in this chart.  Contact the archive to inquire about its offline collection.


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