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

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Michigan, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1876-1945
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Michigan, 
United States
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Location of Michigan
Record Description
Record Type Military Veteran Membership Records
Collection years 1876-1945
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Michigan State Archives, Lansing


What is in This Collection?[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) from 1876 to -1945 and was acquired from the State Archives of Michigan.

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

The records may contain the following information:

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

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the soldier
  • Other identifying information such as birthplace or organization where he or she served

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[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.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • 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
  • Continue to search the records to identify other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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