Ed Payne is a careful researcher and I thought his tips may be useful to your own research into your Civil War ancestors.
A note to Jones County, Mississippi, descendants: In this post, Ed Payne shares documents featuring numerous ancestors by name that you may never have seen! My thanks to Ed for once again publishing his careful research on Renegade South.
Vikki Bynum, moderator
by Ed Payne
A few weeks ago I made one of my frequent visits to the William Winter Library at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. My task was to search out a state Confederate pension file. I located the microfilm roll and was happy to find it relatively free of scratches. So I printed the image (which typically under-exposes the top and bottom of the image) in order to scan it to my computer as a jpeg file. While attempting to produce a half-way decent reproduction, a staffer came by and mentioned that these records were now available on the FamilySearch website. Curious, I returned to…
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