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Continuing Genealogical Studies: Introduction to Civil War Research

Craig Roberts Scott, cgSM, 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.1

What Will I Learn

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

  • 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

Upon completion a student can:

  • 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.

To learn more about Continuing Genealogical Studies: Introduction to Civil War Research see the course syllabus


Since Continuing Genealogical Studies: are cloud-based courses, you need either a computer or tablet with an Internet connection to access the lessons, examples, exercises, and quizzes. No software or material is loaded onto your computer or tablet.

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All students work independently.


Continuing Genealogical Studies


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Introduction to Civil War Research



How Long Does It Take to Complete an Online Course?

Unlike continuing education courses, the Continuing Genealogical Studies series courses have no set time or date for attendance. These courses are geared toward individuals who have a variety of schedules. Upon registration, you have access to the course 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.

Certificate of Completion

Continuing Genealogical Studies series are independent learning courses and not eligible for a certificate of completion.

Please note: The National Genealogical Society is not a licensing body, so no certification or accreditation is implied. For more information about certification or accreditation, please see Becoming a Professional Genealogist.

When Can I Start the Course?

Please allow three business days to receive an e-mail from NGS confirming registration and providing log in instructions. It is followed by a second e-mail from the NGS Education Department <> linking you to the registration page.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

All purchases of courses are final. No refunds or credits are available.


Before you register for the course, please read the Continuing Genealogical Studies: FAQs. If you have further questions, please contact the NGS Course Administrator at

1 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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