How to subscribe to the American Civil War database
About the American Civil War database
Frequently Asked Questions, page 1
1) Who is HDS?
Historical Data Systems, Inc. is a Massachusetts based company
whose focus is the American Civil War. We have created the first
online database, the American Civil War Research Database® which
contains the military records for the 4 million plus
soldiers who fought in this great conflict.
2) How long has HDS been working on the database?
We have invested over 100,000 person hours in the creation of the
database to date. Check the Database status section for the latest update
of states completed or in process.
3) How will the database be accessible?
The database will accessible to individuals through the Internet
only. Our Internet address is www.civilwardata.com.
4) How do I gain access to your Internet site?
As an individual you will need an annual subscription. The
cost for a personal subscription is $25 per year which is
payable via Mastercard or Visa. You will have 24 hour, 7-day
access to the entire database. With a visitor pass membership for $10 you
have 7 days access to the genealogy/military record side of the Database.
If this is for an institution
(library, university, college, historical society) please contact HDS regarding
5) What happens at the end of the subscription?
You will need to renew your subscription at the end of twelve
6) Where does the information come from that you are
using to build the database?
A large amount of information in our database has previously
been unavailable and inaccessible to the public. Our primary
source of information are the state rosters that were published by
the Adjutants General for each state involved in the War. These
rosters include the military records for each member of that
state's military forces. In addition, we are entering
information from the Official Records, pension index records, 1860
census records, GAR records, Roll of Honor records, Medal of Honor
Records, and Regimental histories. For more detail about our sources
please see the bibliography section on the site.
7) What information are you entering for each soldier?
We are entering the information contained within the Adjutants
General's reports as published by each state. The types of
data vary by state but typically include: name, residence, date of
entry, regiments, companies, rank, promotions, transfers, events
such as POW, wounded, etc. and how and where the soldier exited
the military - discharge, desertion, muster out, death (and the
cause of death, if available). Some states include birthplace, age
at enlistment, occupation and physical description in their
8) What level of detail is available in the database?
You can examine the military record for each individual soldier.
Starting at the regiment level you can trace the war effort,
critical statistics such as average age, method of entry into and
out of the military, war engagements and their associated
loss/prisoner statistics. You can search the Database by soldier, regiment,
state, town, and battle. Please see the free demonstration on
this site for more information.