Civil War Projects

Started by Anita M. Boynton on Sunday, June 12, 2011


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6/12/2011 at 1:18 PM


I just wanted to ensure everyone was aware of the various Civil War projects we have started.

Visit the main project ( for the full scope of what we are working on, and guidelines to contributing so that everyone will benefit from your research.

Our goal is that everyone with interest create/join a project for the unit their ancestor was in. If you are interested in taking it further, there are projects for divisions, brigades, states, battles, the Armies, etc., that you can contribute to at your pleasure. The only requirement is that you follow the naming conventions, and that you have fun!!!

Hope to see some of you in the other projects soon.

6/6/2012 at 9:33 AM

So, when I come across a profile where the About indicates they were (for example) as CSA soldier, which projects should I tag their (public) profile to?

This one? (
The Confederates? (

If they indicate unit in the profile?

FYI, if the unit project doesn't exist, I'm not likely to create it; it is simple and quick to tag the profile to an existing project, though.

6/6/2012 at 12:35 PM

Anita M. Boynton

Dan's raising a great point. I'd love a place to "park" profiles and figure out units later. Something really simple like "North" / "South" / "headed West". :). I would say by "state" but I confusingly have cousins who crossed state lines (for a better deal?) or states with units for both the North & South.

In my own tree because they're listed by 1st initial its sometimes hard to figure out which cousin fought in which unit, but that eventually will get clearer. In the meantime though it would be great to have an "umbrella," and this is particularly relevant when I "run across" unrelated profiles.

6/6/2012 at 12:42 PM

For the moment I'm putting them in both referenced above. The "Other People" has a lot (600+) already, and it makes sense to put the known CSA in the second (there is also a corresponding Union-side project, too, but I haven't yet run across a profile which is explicit on their Union service).

6/9/2012 at 1:58 PM

Dan...the Confederate Side" project is not tied to any of the others.

Erica... My thought was tie it to the state they served for, then strive to get a project created for their unit...or leave them in the state until you determine what unit they were in.

The states that served both sides have a project for each you could put in both if unknown.

Dan is right about Other People...that is a neat way to look at all soldiers, but it isn't all that great for a standard storage area.

We could create a sub-project... "I fought, but can't remember who for" or something like that for a storage area.

Dan...just leave them in the state if you aren't ready or don't want to create a project for the unit...some day someone else will create it and then you can move them to it if someone else doesn't. When I have the time I try to nose thru some of the profiles tied to just a state and see if they can go to a unit yet. Other users have taken control of a certain state and get profiles moved on pretty quickly for others.

So...I what feels comfortable for that particular profile!!!!

6/9/2012 at 2:04 PM

That's great input Anita, thank you.

6/9/2012 at 2:07 PM

got it.. For those profiles we cant place anywhere else: "The Shell-Shocked". I will get it setup this weekend.

6/21/2012 at 4:54 PM
6/21/2012 at 4:56 PM

Erica Howton do you still think we need a North, South project for holding profiles until further info is needed?

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6/27/2012 at 2:50 PM

Anita M. Boynton I am trying to add some soldiers to the Other People in the Civil War project but it won't let me. Can you help? Thanks! :)

6/28/2012 at 9:04 AM

Lizzie: have you "joined" the project as a collaborator? (I didn't see your profile there...). Once you've joined, the projects show up when you add a project to a profile (just start typing part of the project name.)

Rather than the "Other People..." project, since I generally know which side, I joined the "" and "" projects as a place to put people. I've also joined a couple of the state sub-projects, but it is not always obvious to me (not involved in researching the Civil War) where they really belong, so at least I get them "noted" as having been a participant (if they are not already associated with one of the Civil War projects on their profile).

6/28/2012 at 9:05 AM
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6/28/2012 at 1:27 PM

@DanCornett I just sent requests to be added to the projects. :)

7/2/2012 at 2:27 PM

Lizzie...I got you added to those two projects, correct?

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7/2/2012 at 3:11 PM

Anita M. Boynton yes, thank you!

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