A Major New Research Resource: The Astonishing Records of the U.S. Sanitary Commission

Next week at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC), the NYG&B is sponsoring a lecture by Terry Koch-Bostic on the records of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, which provided sanitary and medical assistance to Union volunteer forces during the Civil War. This extraordinary collection is rich in genealogical material covering the period 1861–1878 and is held by the Manuscripts and Archives division of the New York Public Library. A large portion of the records consist of back pay, bounty, and pension claims. The NYPL’s detailed guide to the collection may be accessed here. An article by NYPL archivist Susan Waide focusing on how to use the collection for genealogical research was featured in the winter 2014 issue of the New York Researcher, vol. 25, no. 4.

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