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Continuing Genealogical Studies: Introduction to Civil War Research

Craig Roberts Scott, cg*, fuga is a nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher with more than thirty years experience and specializes in the diverse military records at the National Archives.

In Continuing Genealogical Studies: Introduction to Civil War Research, Craig introduces you to numerous records created for, during, and after the war and provides you strategies to identify and locate information on an ancestor living at the time of the Civil War.

What Will I Learn

Continuing Genealogical Studies: Introduction to Civil War Research provides an introduction to Civil War Research. It has seven modules, each providing instruction, examples, web links, self-correcting quizzes, a glossary, and a bibliography for future reference. The modules cover:

  • Module 1. Introduction to Civil War Research
  • Module 2. Identify an Ancestor Living at the Time of the Civil War
  • Module 3. Locate Information about the Service of an Ancestor
  • Module 4. Locate and Understand the Compiled Military Service Record
  • Module 5. Locate Additional Information about Your Ancestor’s Service
  • Module 6. Locate and Understand Pension Records
  • Module 7. Compile a Postwar Record

In this seven module course, students will learn how to

  • identify an ancestor living at the time of the Civil War;
  • locate information about an ancestor’s Civil War service;
  • locate information about an ancestor’s service unit;
  • understand a Compiled Military Service Record;
  • locate provost marshal records;
  • locate prisoner of war records;
  • understand the pension indexes and application files;
  • compile a post-war record;
  • locate information on death and burial; and
  • locate information on participation in fraternal and lineage societies.

See the course syllabus to learn more about Continuing Genealogical Studies: Introduction to Civil War Research.


Continuing Genealogical Studies series courses are cloud based. To access course material, you need either a computer or tablet with an Internet connection. Please refer to the FAQs for specific computer and software needs.

No software or material is downloaded onto your computer or tablet, but you do need an updated browser. To check for your particular browser compatibility, please see browsers supported by Canvas for further details.

Term of Course

NGS gives participants access to Continuing Genealogical Studies: Genetic Genealogy, the Basics for six months from the date of registration. For those who need extra time, a one-time extension of three months is granted by contacting the NGS Course Administrator at prior to the course expiration date.


The tuition is $45.00 for members and $70.00 for nonmembers. Join today to receive the member price. Register online at the NGS Store now.

When Can I Start the Course?

Please allow three business days to receive an e-mail from NGS confirming registration.

You will then receive an e-mail from Canvas by Instructure providing you with login instructions, good for the duration of the course.

Want Something More?

Besides the Continuing Genealogical Studies series, NGS offers genealogists a multimodule course known as the American Genealogical Studies series. NGS also offers PDF courses on Special Topics. These include:


Before you register for the course, please read these Frequently Asked Questions

If you have further questions, please contact the NGS Course Administrator at

*Certified Genealogist, cg, Certified Genealogical Lecturer and cgl are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates.

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