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Oregon, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1870-1930
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Oregon, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Veteran Membership Records
Collection years 1870-1930
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Archive
Oregon Historical Society Research and Library Grand Army of the Republic Dept of Oregon Records, 1882-1949 MSS 1378



What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains the Grand Army of the Republic membership records of Union Civil War veterans for the years 1870 to 1930. The Descriptive books are arranged by Post name and number. The Descriptive books may list name, age, state of birth, residence in Oregon, 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 is located at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland and is part of manuscript 1378. Oregon G.A.R. posts include:

  • Meade Post 2
  • Lincoln-Garfield Post 3
  • Sumner Post 12
  • US Grant Post 17
  • Hancock Post 21
  • General Compson Post 22
  • Shepardston, Post 25
  • Gettysburg Post 33
  • Reuben Wilson Post 38
  • Arlington Post 40
  • M.A. Ross Post 42
  • F. B. Sprague Post 46
  • Iuka Post 48
  • Benjamin F Butler Post 57
  • John Bucher Post 70
  • Wm P Dickinson Post 78

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Membership

  • Member's name
  • Residence
  • Birthplace
  • Enlistment date
  • Discharge date
  • Rank
  • Organization served in
  • Remarks

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  • The name of your ancestor
  • The information about military service

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the name, enlistment date and organization to find the soldier’s military records
  • Search for vital records, such as birth, marriage, and death
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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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