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Record Description

The collection consists of images of G.A.R post records from the Dakota and South Dakota Departments for the years 1861-1941. The collection includes

  • Membership rosters
  • Attendance registration books of various encampments (some include Women's Relief Corps.)
  • Post descriptive books
  • Member deaths
  • Adjutant reports
  • Muster rolls
  • Lists of officers
  • Applications to form a post
  • Reunion rosters

The descriptive books are arranged by post name and number. Most records include item number, name, post name and number. The collection was acquired from the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1941.

Record Content

Descriptive books may list any of the following:

  • Member's name
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Birthplace
  • Occupation
  • Enlistment or muster in date
  • Discharge date
  • Rank
  • Company
  • Regiment
  • Cause of discharge
  • Death date
  • Organization served in
  • Remarks

How to Use the Record

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

To search the collection fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors 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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image.
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Box number and Record description" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person 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.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Using the Information

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

{{Tip|Don't overlook FHL Keyword South Dakota, Civil War items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article South Dakota Archives and Libraries. For additional information about this state see the wiki article South Dakota Genealogy.}

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South Dakota Historical Society

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Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We especially need language translations for both content and images. For specific needs, please look for callout boxes throughout the article or visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation:

“South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1941.” Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing South Dakota State Historical Society, Pierre, South Dakota

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records,1861-1941.

Image citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1941.

 

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