National Park Services photo of Camp Nelson National Monument, Kentucky

Search Instructions

I want to search for one of my ancestors in a soldier’s family tree

  1. Type your ancestor’s first and last name into the search fields and click Search. Find your ancestor’s name in the search results and click on it to view their profile.
  2. Once you are viewing your ancestor’s profile, click the family tree icon next to their name. This will direct you to their family tree, but will not show the entire tree. 
  3. To view the entire tree, make note of the name at the top of the page. This is the name of the soldier your ancestor is associated with. Navigate to the Keyword Search page, type in the soldier’s name, and click search.
  4. From the search results, select your soldier’s family tree (labeled Family Tree – First Last). This will show you the soldier’s entire family tree. 
  5. Scroll to the Family Tree section of the Details and Documents to view the tree, on this website or on Ancestry.com (paid subscription to Ancestry required).

I want to search for a soldier by name

  1. Type the soldier’s first and last name into the respective boxes and click search. This will return results of all soldiers with that name in a table.
        a. The search results may display an alternate name for the soldier, so you may not see the name you know listed in the search results. For example, one soldier enlisted as John Hall but was known post-war as John Stubblefield. Viewing John Stubblefield’s Details and Documents page confirms that he enlisted as John Hall. 
  2. Find the soldier in the table, and click View (next to his name). This will direct you to that soldier’s Details and Documents page. 
  3. Scroll to the Family Tree section of the Details and Documents to view the tree, on this website or on Ancestry.com (paid subscription to Ancestry required). 

I want to search for soldiers enslaved by a particular person or family

  1. Type the enslaver’s first and last name into the respective fields and click search. This will return results of all published soldiers in our database who were enslaved by that person. 
        a. Alternatively, you can search an enslaver by just a last name, and the results will include all soldiers enslaved by people with that last name.
  2. To learn more about a soldier or his enslaver, click the option to View next to their name. This will direct you to that soldier’s Details and Documents page. Scroll down to the Enslaver Information section to view the enslaver’s census records, slave schedules, personal and real estate value where applicable, and other information retrieved by our researchers.

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