Illinois Civil War Records

The State of Illinois is one of the best at providing free online access to historical / genealogical records. This searchable database of Civil War soldiers includes name, rank, unit, and (in some Illinois Civil War genealogy databaseinstances) the residence and physical description. Be sure to read the following tips from the site – it can really help your search:

Enter text in any field to restrict the search to only those records which CONTAIN your text in that field. Enter the soldier’s name in the format: last name comma space first name space middle initial (for example, Smith, John D). The first name and middle initial may be omitted to accomplish a surname search. Searches are not case sensitive: you may use any combination of upper and lower case letters. The following types of searches may be conducted:

  • To locate a soldier, enter the name in the format: last name comma space first name space middle initial (for example, Smith, John D). The first name and middle initial may be omitted to accomplish a surname search.
  • To locate all soldiers in a particular unit, choose the unit designation from the drop-down menu in the “Unit” field.
  • To locate all soldiers in a particular company, choose the company’s letter from the drop-down menu in the “Company” field and the unit designation from the drop-down menu in the “Unit” field. For example, to return a list of soldiers in Company A of the 10th Illinois Infantry, choose A in the “Company” field and 10th Illinois Infantry in the “Unit” field.
  • To search for all soldiers whose residence is given as a county, township or city, enter the name of the county, township or city in the “Residence” field. The “Company” and “Unit” fields may be combined in a single search. Any other field combinations will not be valid searches.

Results of one of my searches. You can easily see all of the clues it contains. Anxious to dig in!

 



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