Thursday, October 8, 2009

New Searchable Database: New Jersey Civil War Treasury Vouchers

New Jersey’s Civil War-period treasury vouchers collection includes 15,770 payment receipts for military expenditures and wartime purchases made by the State of New Jersey from 1861 through 1866. It includes soldiers' discharge certificates for final pay (over 9,300 items), affidavits of family members for pay due to deceased soldiers (over 1,400 items), and quarterly returns of the counties and cities listing the names of soldiers’ families and dependant mothers who received subsistence pay during their service. It is important to remember that your ancestor need not have lived in New Jersey to be in included in these records. Some individuals were credited for service to states in which they did not reside, plus individuals living on the borders of New Jersey in other states may have served for New Jersey.
In all, nearly 114,000 index entries provide access to the content of the documents.

This new database is searchable by any combination of first name, last name, regiment, county, and year.

Results include Name, Rank, Reg. & Co. Description, Location, Date, & Citation - Ex: 
Bacon, Charles H. (Wife of)
3rd Reg. Co. F
Payment to County of Cumberland (Jonathan Elmer) / Subsistence : For Families of Volunteers.
Item Payment: $18.00. Voucher Total: $756.00
Cumberland County
27 Sep 1861
1861 : M : 487. Item No. 2

The processing and indexing of New Jersey’s Civil War vouchers was made possible by the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association (NJCWHA) who supplied the volunteers to sort, flatten and folder nearly 16,000 documents; and, with the aid of a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, contracted for the creation of a database to index them.

New Jersey Division of Archives and Records Management:

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