Tuesday 3 April 2018

Free access to Fold 3's Civil War records until 15 April

Fold3, Ancestry's miiitary specialist database, has opened up its Civil War collection for free access until Sunday 15 April.

About 200,000 Irish-born men are thought to have fought in this conflict, so this collection is as relevant to family historians in Ireland looking for extended family who may have emigrated as for Irish-Americans seeking their immigrant ancestors and their descendants.

It holds a cool 93,581,876 records. They include service records for both Confederate and Union soldiers, photographs, personal accounts, maps and historic writings. Click/tap the promo image to view the long list of record sets included in the collection.

To take advantage of the free access, just start searching. When you want to view a record, you'll be prompted to either sign-in or, if you don't already have one, register for a free account. Registration requires only your email address and your choice of password. Be sure to read the T&Cs.