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

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Record Description
Record Type Registers of Members
Record Group RG 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Collection years 1866-1938
Microfilm Publication M1749. Historical Register Of National Homes For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938. 282 rolls.
Arrangement Arrange by home and date of admission
National Archives Identifier 344
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What is in This Collection?

These are registers of members who resided in the 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.

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 later readmitted to the branch. The records cover the years 1866 through 1938.

The records were created to keep track of the disabled war veterans who were being housed and provided for in the Homes. They are generally reliable and a great place to research Civil War veterans.

National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers Locations

Home Histories

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, National Homes For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information found in this collection may include:

  • 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 This Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The rank your ancestor held in the military.
  • The company your in which your ancestor served.
  • The regiment your in which your ancestor served.
  • The branch of the military.
  • The approximate dates of service.

Search the Index

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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select Soldier Home
  2. Select Home Index or Register No. to view the images.

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.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records. Additional information may be found in pension files General Index to Pension Files, 186101934

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth to locate census, church, and land records.
  • Use the death date to search for death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.
  • It may be helpful to compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as your ancestor. This is especially helpful if the surname is unusual.
  • If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Additional information may be found in pension files General Index to Pension Files, 186101934
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"United States, National Homes For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publication T1749. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.
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