There are over 885,000 records in this set, and each entry was filled out as part of the 1890 U.S. Census by a Union soldier of the U.S. Civil War or their surviving spouse. While the information for each person varies, 1890 U.S. Census, Civil War Union Veterans and Widows typically includes:
Twenty-five years after the end of the U.S. Civil War, the federal government issued an additional schedule, or form, as part of the regular 1890 U.S. Census to be completed by all members of the Union armed forces who fought during the war. These new schedules requested all of the information necessary to summarize a veteran’s service, including their unit information, length of service, and any lasting disability suffered from the war. If the veteran did not survive to complete the form, their widow was instructed to provide as much information as possible. Not all records contain the same level of information but often new details can be uncovered by viewing the image of the original document as well as the transcript.
Although the schedules for some counties and states were destroyed, you should be able to learn a lot of new details that can further your family history. You may learn new facts about your ancestor’s wartime service or the details of a disability sustained from combat. The information you uncover will enrich your family history and can lead to new possibilities for research.
To get the most out of each record, look at the image after reading the transcript. The image of the actual document often contains more information that is not always present in the transcript.
When reading the image, the numbers on the side of the page are a key reference point for the bottom half of the document. For example, if you notice the number “5” next to your ancestor’s name, then the information on line 5 in the bottom part of the record will correspond to your ancestor.
Expand your search by clicking the “name variants” box in the search bar. This will return more records with similar names, including possible alternate spellings or the use of initials or middle names.