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The best way to get NARA Civil War Records

For my line with many men of the same name, Alfred Ridge is a son of Thomas Ridge, I thought an unmarried man's records could name siblings and parents. As a beginner, this was a daunting task and closures from Covid made it impossible. When I saw Gopher mentioned in a Facebook chat group it seemed like the answer. And it was, 52 pages worth! His injuries led to an extensive medical record with testimonials from many people because his doctor died. Who knew. Just a single page has descriptions, dates, living situation, and multiple locations. As the only person to collect genealogy for this family, everything is news but how could anyone be without this collection of documents? I look forward to requesting a GGGgrandparent next for my other line with men with common names for proof to point me in the right direction.

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