National Homes for Disabled Soldiers

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Soldiers Home Records

Congress established national homes for disabled veterans in 1866. Veterans were eligible for admittance if they were honorably discharged; had served in the regular, volunteer, or militia forces mustered into federal service; were disabled and without support; and were unable to earn a living. In 1930 the homes were combined with other agencies to form the Veterans Administration (now the Department of Veteran Affairs). See also US Military Old Soldiers Home Records.

The registers are divided into four sections: military, domestic, home, and general remarks. The military section includes information such as enlistment, rank, company, regiment, and discharge.

The domestic section includes the veteran’s birthplace, age, height, religion, occupation, residence, marital status, and name and address of nearest relative. The home section includes the veteran’s rate of pension, date of admission to the home, discharge, death date, and burial place.

The registers are available on microfilm from the National Archives; Historical Register Of National Homes For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938, M1749 on 282 rolls. The collection is searchable on FamilySearch

The national homes were in:

Registers of Veterans at National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866–1937. The registers are also indexed individually by the name of the veteran for each home. Upon admission each veteran was given a number. The registers are arranged numerically by these numbers.

Report of the Board of Managers

Some reports published by the Board of Managers for the National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers contain alphabetical rosters of soldiers. The rosters provide name, rank, company, organization, length of service, war, pension rate, birthplace, admission date, age when admitted, and status (including death date).

To find specific microfilm numbers, look in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


Additional Sources

Many states also maintained soldier homes as well. The Family History Library also has records for some state homes, including:

  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • Missouri
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia

A wiki article describing an online colleciton is found at:

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