Was My Black Ancestor a Civil War Soldier?

Tracing Your Roots: A reader struggles to connect her forebear to someone listed in the muster rolls.

 
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This answer was provided in consultation with Eileen Curley, a researcher from New England Historic Genealogical Society. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's leading nonprofit resource for family history research. Its website, AmericanAncestors.org, contains more than 300 million searchable records for research in New England, New York and beyond. With the leading experts in the field, NEHGS staff can provide assistance and guidance for questions in most research areas. They can also be hired to conduct research on your family. Learn more today.

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