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South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records,1861-1941
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
South Dakota, 
United States
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Location of South Dakota
Record Description
Record Type Military
Collection years 1861-1941
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South Dakota Historical Society


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

The collection consists of images of G.A.R post records from the Dakota and South Dakota Departments for the years 1861-1941. The collection includes

  • Membership rosters
  • Attendance registration books of various encampments (some include Women's Relief Corps.)
  • Post descriptive books
  • Member deaths
  • Adjutant reports
  • Muster rolls
  • Lists of officers
  • Applications to form a post
  • Reunion rosters

The descriptive books are arranged by post name and number. Most records include item number, name, post name and number. The collection was acquired from the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1941.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Membership

  • Member's name
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Birthplace
  • Occupation
  • Enlistment or muster in date
  • Discharge date


  • Rank
  • Company
  • Regiment
  • Cause of discharge
  • Death date
  • Organization served in
  • Remarks

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the soldier
  • The birthplace of the soldier
  • The organization in which the soldier served

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Box Number and Record Description to view the images.


How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

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 a military pension records
  • Search for vital records, such as birth, marriage, and death
  • Search for the family in census records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of South Dakota.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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