Michigan, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Record Description[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index of membership records of the Michigan Department Grand Army of the Republic. An organization of Union army and navy veterans of the Civil War. The collection consists of registers, lists and descriptive books of local post (chapters). The collection covers the years 1876 to -1945.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

These records generally contain the following information:

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

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the soldier
  • Other identifying information such as birthplace or organization where served

Search the Collection[edit | edit source]

To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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Using the Information[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the name, enlistment date and organization to find the soldier’s military records.
  • Use the name and residence to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]

  • Continue to search the records to identify other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Search the records of nearby military units.
  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
  • If you are unable to find your ancestor look for variant spellings of the surnames. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.

Related Websites[edit | edit source]

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Contributions to This Article[edit | edit source]

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Citation for This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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