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These records of Dakota and South Dakota Departments, G. A. R. posts including membership rosters, attendance registration books of various encampments (some include Women's Relief Corps.), post descriptive books, member deaths, adjutant reports and muster rolls, lists of officers, applications to form a post, reunion rosters, etc.The Descriptive books arranged by Post name and number.Contents: Lists item number, name, post name and number.Contents: Descriptive books may list name, age, state of birth, residence in South Dakota, occupation, date-rank-company-regiment of service and final discharge, cause of discharge, when mustered into G.A.R., status, and date of death. The collection was acquired from the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre. This collection includes records from 1882 to 1932.
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- “South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1882-1932.” Index and Images or Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing South Dakota State Historical Society, Pierre, South Dakota
These records generally contain the following information:
- Member's name
- Enlistment date
- Discharge date
- Organization served in
How to Use the Record
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- Name of the soldier
- Other identifying information such as birthplace or organization where served
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⇒ Select the appropriate "Post Number and Year Range" which takes you to the images
Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
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- 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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- 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
- 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.
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.
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