Ohio, Soldier Home Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Ohio, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Soldier Home Records
Collection years 1888-1919
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of images to admission records of veterans to the state soldier home in Sandusky for the years 1888 to 1919. Acquired from the state archives, and historical society in Columbus. The collection is arranged by admission number.

A national soldiers' home was also located in Dayton. National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Central Branch (Dayton,Ohio)

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ohio, Soldier Home Records, 1888-1919.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Soldier home records may include the following information:

  • Name of disabled veteran
  • Time and place of enlistment
  • Rank, company and regiment in which served
  • Time and place of discharge
  • Nature of disability
  • Date admitted to home
  • Birthplace
  • Age and physical description
  • Religion
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Marital status
  • Name and address of nearest relative
  • Date and cause of death
  • Pension information
  • Place of burial

Collection Content

Sample Image

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate age of your ancestor.
  • The dates your ancestor resided in the soldier home.
  • The admission number.


View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Admission Number and Year Range" which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images 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.

What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection citation:

"Ohio, Soldier Home Records, 1888-1919." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Ohio Historical Society, Columbus.

Image citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ohio, Soldier Home Records, 1888-1919.

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