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Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (right) and TV journalist and author Cheryl Wills look at a book that contains Civil War draft registration records at the National Archives in Washington on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, following the announcement that Civil War records such as these will now be available online at Ancestry.com. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (right) talks with TV journalist and author Cheryl Wills following an announcement on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the National Archives in Washington that Civil War documents will now be available online outside the archives. The document seen here lists draft registrations for the war. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Cheryl Wills, a TV journalist and author of the book "Die Free," holds up a copy of the discharge record she found for her great-great-great-grandfather Sandy Wills, who served from 1863 to 1865 in the Union Army. Ms. Wills was on hand at the National Archives in Washington on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, as the archives announced that Civil War documents now will be made available online at Ancestry.com. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)