United States, National Homes For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.

Collection Time Period

These records cover the years 1866 through 1938.

Record Description

These are historical registers of residents [a record of veterans admitted] for twelve regional homes. Pages in the registers are divided into four parts for each veteran:

  • Military history
  • Domestic history
  • Home history
  • General remarks

Home numbers 1-5064 from the home in Bath, New York, are not currently available.

Record Content

These records generally include the following information:

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Company
  • Regiment
  • Discharge
  • When admitted to home
  • Birthplace
  • Age
  • Religion
  • Residence
  • Marital status
  • Name and address of nearest relative
  • Pension information
  • Date and cause of death
  • Place of burial

How to Use the Record

It is important to have the full name of your ancestor as well as his rank, company, and regiment information so as to match the correct records with your files.

Record History

The National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers was established on March 3, 1865, for volunteer soldiers who had received disabilities while serving in the Union forces in the Civil War. Initially, the Asylum, later called the Home, was planned to have three branches:  the northeast, the central area north of the Ohio River, and the northwest (now the upper Midwest). Seven more branches were added between 1870 and 1907 as broader eligibility requirements allowed more Veterans to apply for admission. Veterans admitted into the Home were recorded in "Historical Registers," which were maintained at various branches.These registers are now at the National Archives in Record Group 15, Records of the Veterans Administration. A home number was assigned to each individual upon admission. The member retained his original number even if he was discharged and was later readmitted to the branch.

Why this Record Was Created

These records were created to keep track of the disabled war veterans who were being housed and provided for in the Homes.

Record Reliability

These records are generally reliable and a great place to research Civil War veterans.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections 

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

  • United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023

Sources of Information for This Collection

United States. National Homes For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938. Record Group 15 Records of the Veterans Administration, NARA publication M1749. Federal Archives and Records Center. Washington D.C.