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Utah, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1879-1934
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Utah, 
United States
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Location of Utah
Record Description
Record Type Veteran Organization Membership Records
Collection years 1879-1934
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Utah State Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah


What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index and images of membership records of the Utah Department Grand Army of the Republic which was organized October 8, 1883. The first post was organized a few years earlier in Salt Lake City. The "GAR" was an organization of Union army and navy veterans of the Civil War. The records include those Union veterans living in Utah and consists of registers, lists and and descriptive books of local post (chapters) of Records may include town of residence, military unit, date of enlistment, date of discharge, age and birthplace.This collection includes records from 1879 to 1934.

GAR Posts in Utah

  • James B. McKean Post 1, Salt Lake City
  • Maxwell - Mckean Post 1
  • Post 2, Milford
  • Dix- Logan, Post 3
  • Hancock,Post 4, Park City
  • George R.Maxwell Post 5, Salt Lake City
  • O.O. Howard Post 7, Provo
  • W.S. Hancock Post 22

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Membership

  • Member's name
  • Residence
  • Birthplace
  • Enlistment date
  • Discharge date
  • Rank
  • Organization served in
  • Remarks

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