Between April 7-14, 2011, you can search the Ancestry.com online databases for free. This is their FREE ACCESS WEEKEND and you are able to search the world’s largest online collection of Civil Ware era records FREE from April 7-14. The American Civil War Research Database is a historic effort to compile and link all available records of common soldiers in the Civil War. This database makes it easier than ever before to find information on ancestors who fought in the Civil War. The genealogical value of this record is immeasurable. More than authoritative names and dates, this database connects researchers with the history their ancestors lived. The collection is divided into four sections: soldier records, regiment records, battle histories, and officer records. This section, the soldier records, may contain any of the following information about an individual soldier: the soldier’s name, residence, date of entry, regiments, companies, rank, promotions, transfers, events (such as POW, wounded, etc.) and how and where the soldier exited the military (discharge, desertion, muster out, or death). Some states also include in their official records a soldier’s birthplace, age at enlistment, occupation, and physical description.