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9)  What can I do with this information?

Since the information is contained in a relational database, you have tremendous flexibility to examine the data from different perspectives. You can now go below the 'big picture' scenario and examine the details of the regiments - where they saw combat, regimental casualty statistics, the effects of disease, etc. By examining census information, you will be able to hypothesize on the effect of the war on the soldiers' hometowns. You will also be able to cross reference variables that have previously been beyond reach because of the limitations of technology.

10)  How is this system different from other products on the market?

There is no other product on the market with as detailed information as is contained in this database. Other systems lack the depth and breadth of information we have on the individual soldier. We go beyond simply scanning in the Official Records or state rosters and matching to a name index. Using the latest relational database technology, our database allows you to cross reference variables about a soldier with multiple data element records contained in his military file or with other soldiers' files. The American Civil War Research Database® is a comprehensive research tool combined with powerful search capabilities. With it you can trace a soldier through the soldiers' war time experiences. For example, you start with an individual soldier -- link to the town he resided in and review the 1860 town population and perhaps the town's appraised values; link to the regiment(s) he was assigned to and examine any promotions or demotions received; jump to the battles his regiment was involved with and check the casualty analysis for the regiment and then compare those results against other regiments that where involved. Continuing the soldier's story -- determine if the soldier experienced any extraordinary event such as being captured or missing, examine how the soldier left the military - was he discharged, did he die, did he desert, is he missing, was he a member of the GAR and finally check on any pension requests that where submitted on his behalf. You can also change your querying of the Database and start by examining overview type statistics for the Union, the Confederacy or a particular state and then probe more closely for detail information.

Utilizing extensive edits we reduce potential sources of error or confusion within the database. For example, for many soldiers our edits will catch situations where a soldier's name is spelled differently between his various records. Also, another problem that our edit routines attempt to reduce is tracking a soldier's transfers. Often, the data on the receiving company is missing or incomplete.

Our edits and cross-reference checking catch many errors, however, when the data sources are over 100 years old, errors will still happen and we welcome your help in finding them. You should send any corrections along with corroborating material to us at our e-mail address.
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