As many other blogs have reported, Ancestry.com has recently added five new databases to its Civil War collection. I have found two particularly valuable:
A quick search of the U. S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles database yielded the record for James A. McEntire. I learned that he enlisted as a private in Company A, Georgia 39th Infantry Regiment on 10 Mar 1862 and mustered out at Kingston, Georgia on 12 May 1865. I have high hopes as I search for other individuals that I know fought in the Civil War.
The Confederate Pension Applications from Georgia are where the real gold lies. Pension applications often have so much information, such as residences, medical records, military service details, friends and neighbors, marriage dates. So far, I have found files on the following individuals:
- James A. McEntire
- Mariah (Langston) Roberts
- Fanny (Saunders) Hemphill
- Mary Elizabeth (McEntire) Hemphill
- William West
I have only processed two of these files, but I have found some wonderful information. Come back for details in future posts.