Family Tree Maker: Family Archives Roll Of Honor: Civil War Union Soldiers

Family Tree Maker: Family Archives Roll Of Honor: Civil War Union Soldiers

Family Tree Maker Roll Of Honor: Civil War Union Soldiers PC CD Archives burial 






The Roll of Honor: Civil War Union Soldiers" is a listing of approximately 191,000 Union soldiers who were buried in more than 300 national cemeteries, garrison cemeteries, and soldiers' lots, as well as many private cemeteries.

The Roll of Honor was first published in 27 volumes by the U.S. government between 1865 and 1871. These thick books were originally described as a memorial to "those heroes who have given up their lives on the altar of their country, in defense of the American Union." While a monumental work, the original 27 volumes suffered from one major flaw: there was no index. All 27 volumes were republished in an 11-book set in 1994 by Genealogical Publishing Company. In 1995 GPC published an "Index to the Roll of Honor." Martha Reamy, former editor of the Maryland Genealogical Society's "Quarterly," spent thousands of hours indexing every entry in these 27 volumes. Suddenly the huge volumes became practical to use.

The "Roll of Honor" lists the following information about each individual:

1. Name

2. Rank

3. Regiment

4. Company

5. Date of Death

6. Location of Final Burial Site

About two-thirds of the Union dead were reinterred after the end of the war. In those cases, the original burial sites are also listed.

The original volumes do have errors and omissions but are still the largest compilation of Union war dead ever made. This CD is identical to the printed versions with two exceptions: 1. It contains the new index. 2. An additional "Unpublished Roll of Honor" containing 8,000 additions to the original volumes was compiled by Mark Hughes and is also included.

The entire "Roll of Honor" series, including the index, can be purchased as 12 printed books (there are multiple volumes in each book) for $550.00 or as one CDe for considerably less! All 12 books now fit onto a plastic disk weighing one-half ounce that is much easier to use than the printed versions.

After spending a few minutes reading the introductory notes, I went to the Index and entered the name of Malvin Eastman. Names are normally entered as [last name, first name], so I actually entered "Eastman, Malvin." Within 4 or 5 seconds, the name was found along with all the others that were close alphabetically. I clicked on the name, and the appropriate page appeared on the screen. It showed an entry for grave number 617 at the National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. It also listed his rank as Private in Company K of the 15th Vermont Regiment. He died 8 December 1862. Almost all entries have similar information which, thanks to the Family Archive, can be located in seconds with a few keystrokes.

The original 27 volumes of the "Roll of Honor" have been scanned by computers. That is, an actual image of the original page appears on the screen. This is better for genealogy purposes than transcribed records or OCR (optical character recognition) scanning because there are no errors induced after the original printing. In most cases the scanned images are clear and easy to read. There are icons to zoom in and zoom out, which is helpful when reading the few pages that are not as clear as others. When going from the index to the original page, the software does not automatically display the line with the needed data. It normally shows the top part of the page that contains the individual you want. You may need to scroll down to find the person.

The complete image of the page in the original volume can be printed on any laser printer and most inkjet printers. One nice feature is that the bottom of every printed page has a reference to the original volume, such as "Volume IV, National Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia." The page number is shown in the original scanned image. This results in a self-documenting record showing the actual source of the information. The printed pages from the CD look much nicer than the typical photocopies of the original volumes that genealogists have made.

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