National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: March 1, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

Civil War Genealogy Workshop on March 24

For More Information Contact:
Lori Cox-Paul, 816-268-8017

Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will be offering a four part Civil War genealogy workshop, A House Divided: Your Ancestors in the Civil War, on Saturday, March, 24, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Workshop Descriptions:
Union and Confederate soldiers and their families left behind a legacy in paper. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and in conjunction with the exhibit Divided Loyalties, the National Archives at Kansas City will host a day of courses dedicated to records that can be beneficial to genealogical research.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Draftees and Deserters: Your Ancestors in the Civil War

The U.S. Provost Marshal General was responsible for collecting information on all men eligible to fight regardless of their loyalties. Come learn what details these records contain and how to search them.

11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Military Records Online

This course will explore free and subscription-based websites with Civil War military record content, including: indexes, original images, and unit histories.

12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
Ordering Compiled Service Records and Pension Records

Come learn how to locate and order these records from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. This session will include a basic overview of the information needed to make a request via online or by mail.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Confederate Records Available through the National Archives

Confederate records were created by a variety of entities. As a result, it can be difficult to locate records on ancestors who fought for the Confederacy. This course will help you discover what records can be found at the National Archives and how to order them.

All workshops are free and open to the public and will be held at the National Archives at Kansas City, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. Since some of these workshops will take place during the noon hour please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy. To RSVP for one or all courses, please contact us by phone at 816-268-8000 or email at

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit

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