Union Veterans' and Lineage Society Records

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Union Veterans’ and Lineage Society Records

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). This was the major veterans’ organization after the war. It reached its largest membership in the 1890s with about 400,000 members. Below is a published history of the organization with biographical sketches of national and state officials:

By 1890, about 40 percent of Union veterans were members of the Grand Army of the Republic. The descriptive books of each GAR post usually indicate each member’s name, age, birthplace, residence, occupation, and enlistment and discharge information. Records of GAR posts and of other veterans’ organizations may be found in historical societies, state archives, and state libraries. The Family History Library has records for:

  • Iowa (FHL 69 films).
  • Michigan (FHL 76 films).
  • Nebraska (FHL 2 films).
  • Oregon (FHL film 2167206).
  • South Dakota (FHL film 1598224, item 1.)
  • Utah (FHL 2 films).

To find specific microfilm numbers, look in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:


The following publications contain deaths of GAR members:

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War , 1861–65. This organization was established in 1885. The address of their library and museum is:

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
503 South Walnut Street
Springfield, IL 62704
Telephone: 217-544-0616

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War . Established in 1881, this society has no permanent headquarters. The society has a grave registration committee. Check the current edition of the Encyclopedia of Associations described in the “Veterans’ and Lineage Society Records” within the “Types of Military Records” section of this outline.

This site includes a history of the organization, membership information, coming events, a Civil War ancestor registration project, grave registration project, state department (chapter) web sites, and links to other related genealogical web sites.

The society publishes the following:

For a published history of the society and a roster of some current members see:

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS). This society was organized by officers of the Union Army in 1865.

Their address is:

1805 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Telephone: 215-546-2425

Their website has announcements, membership requirements, and national and state organization information.

A roster of the society members are located in: