World Archives Project: Descriptive Lists of Colored Volunteer Army Soldiers 1864

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About this project This series contains descriptive lists of colored volunteers enlisted in the Army under General Order 135, Headquarters of the Department of the Missouri, dated November 14, 1863.  They give the name, age, color of eyes, hair, complexion, height, place of birth, occupation, date of enlistment, by whom and for what period, and remarks.  If a soldier was a former slave, his owner's name is entered.  Signed certifications of the examining surgeon and the recruiting officer are included.

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This collection contains descriptive lists of colored volunteers from Kentucky who enlisted in the United States army during the Civil War.

General keying instructions:

1. We will be keying the name, enlistment county, and enlistment date for every soldier as well as age and birth place for some of the soldiers where that information is available. Key the soldier's rank in the Prefix field.

2. If the soldier was a former slave, the owners name is also listed in the record and should be keyed. Owners names are only being keyed on the Muster rolls.

The project will use two form types, an "Enlistment Roll" which does not have a title at the top of the image, and a "Muster Roll" which has the title Record of Muster Made By...at the top of the image.

Project-specific sample images and form field help:

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Enlistment Roll
Muster Roll

Enlistment Roll

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Mark an image as Enlistment Roll if it has a list of names to be keyed and does not have a title.

Enlistment Year

Key the year of enlistment. This information is found at the very top of the 'Enlisted-When' column as the first entry. If there is no year, leave the field blank.
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Surname

Key the Surname of each person on the page using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen.
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Prefix

Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using a dictionary if provided for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in a dictionary then key the prefix as seen. Key the soldier's rank in the Prefix field.
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Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of each person in a list of names using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
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Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person to whom the record applies using a dictionary if provided for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in a dictionary then key the suffix as seen.
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Birth Place

Key the Birth Place for each person on the image. This information can be found in the 'Where Born - Town, County, or Province' column AND 'Where Born - State, Empire, or Kingdom' column. Separate the values in each column by a comma (ex. Russell, Kentucky or County Claire, Ireland).
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Age at Enlistment

Key the age at the time the record was recorded, using the dictionary provided. Valid ages include numeric digits between "0" and "120" and fractions between "1/12" and "11/12". If an age includes years, months, and/or days key only the years. For example, if an age appears as 10 years, 7 months, key age as "10" If an age appears in months, such as 10 months, key age as a fraction: "10/12" If an Age includes years plus a fraction, such as 3 3/12, key only the year: "3." If the age is less than one month, key "0."
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Enlistment Month

Key the month of enlistment for each soldier on the page. This information can be found in 'When Enlisted' or 'Enlisted-When' columns.
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Enlistment Day

Key the day of enlistment for each soldier on the page. This information can be found in 'When Enlisted' or 'Enlisted-When' columns.
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Enlistment Place

Key the Place where each soldier enlisted. Separate smaller geographical locations from larger ones by a comma. This information can be found in either the 'Where Credited County' or 'Enlisted - Where' columns.
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Keying Samples

Muster Roll

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Mark an image as Muster Roll if it has a list of names to be keyed and has "Record of Muster made by ____________" or something similar in the title.

Enlistment Year

Key the year of enlistment. This information can be found in the top right corner of the page in the header.
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Prefix

Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using a dictionary if provided for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in a dictionary then key the prefix as seen.
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Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of each person in a list of names using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
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Surname

Key the Surname of each person on the page using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen.
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Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person to whom the record applies using a dictionary if provided for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in a dictionary then key the suffix as seen.
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Owner Given

Some of the enlisted men were former slaves. In these cases, their former owner's name is listed. Key each owner's first name or initial and any middle names.
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Owner Surname

Some of the enlisted men were former slaves. In these cases, their former owner's name is listed. Key each owner's surname.
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Enlistment Place

Key the Place where each soldier enlisted. Separate smaller geographical locations from larger ones by a comma. This information can be found in either the 'Where Credited County' or 'Enlisted - Where' columns.
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Enlistment Month

Key the month of enlistment for each soldier on the page. This information can be found in 'When Enlisted' or 'Enlisted-When' columns.
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Enlistment Day

Key the day of enlistment for each soldier on the page. This information can be found in 'When Enlisted' or 'Enlisted-When' columns.
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Keying Samples

Cover page, Section header, etc.

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Image with No Data

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