National Genealogical Society

Educational Courses

Introduction to Civil War Research

Craig Roberts Scott, cg*,  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 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

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.

To learn more about Introduction to Civil War Research, see the course syllabus.

Requirements & Fees

Introduction to Civil War Research is a cloud based course you will 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. The course consists of lessons, examples, exercises, and self-graded exams that can be viewed on a home computer. Students work independently.

To optimize your online learning experience, the Canvas system uses the current version of a number of different browsers. To check for your browser compatibility, please see for further information and details.

The tuition is $45.00 for members and $70.00 for non-members. Join today to receive the member price.

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When Can I Start the Course?

Please allow 3 business days to receive your registration e-mail from Canvas by Instructure. This e-mail provides you with login instructions, which are good for the duration of the course.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

All purchases of courses are final. No refunds are issued.

Certificate of Completion

Because Introduction to Civil War Research is a self-graded course, no certificate of completion is issued. The National Genealogical Society is not a licensing body, so no formal genealogical credential or accreditation is implied.

Want Something More?

NGS offers genealogists a number of quality independent learning courses. Besides the cloud-based courses, there are classes available in the PDF format:

  • Introduction to Religious Records
  • Using Federal Population Census Schedules in Genealogical Research
  • Working with Deeds


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*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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