Civil War anniversary prompts push to get records online

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The Civil War Sesquicentennial, which begins next year, is expected to heighten interest about what happened on and off the battlefields 150 years ago.

That means archivists are scrambling to post information online to feed that curiosity.

Missouri State Archivist John Dougan detailed the effort to those at the St. Louis Genealogical Society's 40th annual family history conference, the largest such gathering in the Midwest, on Saturday.

Organizers said about 300 people were at the conference at the Maryland Heights Centre, and some wanted to learn what role their families had played in the Civil War

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