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9) What can I do with this information?
Since the information is contained in a relational database, you
have tremendous flexibility to examine the data from different
perspectives. You can now go below the 'big picture'
scenario and examine the details of the regiments - where they saw
combat, regimental casualty statistics, the effects of disease,
etc. By examining census information, you will be able to
hypothesize on the effect of the war on the soldiers' hometowns.
You will also be able to cross reference variables that have
previously been beyond reach because of the limitations of
10) How is this system different from other products on the market?
There is no other product on the market with as detailed
information as is contained in this database. Other systems lack
the depth and breadth of information we have on the individual
soldier. We go beyond simply scanning in the Official Records or
state rosters and matching to a name index. Using the latest
relational database technology, our database allows you to cross
reference variables about a soldier with multiple data element
records contained in his military file or with other soldiers'
files. The American Civil War Research Database® is a comprehensive
research tool combined with powerful search capabilities. With it
you can trace a soldier through the soldiers' war time
experiences. For example, you start with an individual soldier --
link to the town he resided in and review the 1860 town population
and perhaps the town's appraised values; link to the
regiment(s) he was assigned to and examine any promotions or
demotions received; jump to the battles his regiment was involved
with and check the casualty analysis for the regiment and then
compare those results against other regiments that where involved.
Continuing the soldier's story -- determine if the soldier
experienced any extraordinary event such as being captured or
missing, examine how the soldier left the military - was he
discharged, did he die, did he desert, is he missing, was he a
member of the GAR and finally check on any pension requests that
where submitted on his behalf. You can also change your querying
of the Database and start by examining overview type statistics
for the Union, the Confederacy or a particular state and then
probe more closely for detail information.
Utilizing extensive edits we reduce potential sources of error
or confusion within the database. For example, for many soldiers our edits will
catch situations where a soldier's name is spelled
differently between his various records. Also, another
problem that our edit routines attempt to reduce is tracking a soldier's transfers. Often,
the data on the receiving company is missing or incomplete.
edits and cross-reference checking catch many errors, however,
when the data sources are over 100 years old, errors
will still happen and we welcome your help in finding them. You
should send any corrections along with corroborating material to
us at our e-mail address.