Several months ago a blog reader mentioned the online resource Footnote to me, and just recently Stuart Salling, the creator of the new
1860 census records
Confederate Amnesty Papers
Confederate Citizens File: These documents “pertain to goods furnished or services rendered to the Confederate government by private individuals or business firms.”
Compiled Service Records for Confederate Soldiers
Compiled Service Records for Union Soldiers [These records have not all been scanned in.]
Southern Claims Commission [This also appears to be incomplete at this time.]
The only drawback with this site is that it is addictive!! I found myself searching census records, reading amnesty papers, looking at service records, examining FBI case files, and perusing newspaper ads—before I knew it an hour had gone by.
I’m amazed at how much has changed in regard to historical research in a relatively short time. When I worked on my dissertation, I had to use microfilm to examine census records and certain other types of documents. Now I can read census records in my den and download journal articles from databases subscribed to by my university’s library. Wow!