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Minnesota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1869-1940
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Location of Minnesota
Record Description
Record Type Military
Collection years 1869-1940
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Minnesota Historical Society

Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

If you have ancestors who served in the Union army or navy during the Civil War they may have joined the Grand Army of the Republic. This collection could be used in conjunction with the United States Civil War soldiers Index and the United States General Index to Pension Files.

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

The records in this Collection include membership records of the Minnesota Department Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union army and navy veterans of the Civil War, from 1869 to 1940. The collection consists of registers, lists, adjutant and quartermaster reports, and descriptive books of local post (chapters). For a brief history on the Grand Army of the Republic see the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Minnesota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1869-1940.

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

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Member's name
  • Military Unit
  • Town of Residence
  • Birthplace
  • Enlistment date
  • Discharge date
  • Rank
  • Organization served in
  • Remarks

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The soldier’s or sailor’s name
  • The possible location of their Post

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on 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 Record
  2. Select the Post Number Range or Record Type and Date Range 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]

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

  • Search for additional military records such as service and pension
  • Search for the family in birth, marriage, and death records
  • Use the information to locate the soldier or sailor and their families in census, church, or land records
  • Search the index to see if other family members were in the same post

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

  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names
  • It was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name
  • Vary the search terms by using only the first or the last name to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches
  • Search the records of nearby posts your soldier or sailor may have joined a different post
  • Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description when possible (You may also find additional information on the that may lead to other records or ancestors)
  • Consult the Minnesota Record Finder to find other records

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]

Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]

Related Digital Books[edit | edit source]

  • Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars, 1861–1865. Two Volumes. St. Paul, Minnesota: Pioneer Press, 1890–93. (Family History Library book [1]
  • Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars, 1861–1865. 2d ed. Two Volumes. St. Paul, Minnesota: Pioneer Press, 1891. (Family History Library [2])] Volume 1 includes the history of each regiment and regimental rosters listing soldiers’ names, ages, dates of service, and remarks about their service, including whether transferred, wounded, captured, or killed. Volume 2 consists of correspondence and battle reports, arranged chronologically. Indexes at the end of each volume list only some officers and major events. A more complete index to both volumes is at the Minnesota Historical Society
  • Minnesota Adjutant General’s Report of 1866. Roseville, Minnesota: Park Genealogical Books, 1997. (Family History Library book 977.6.) The report lists 26,088 names of men who served during the Civil War period, including citizen soldiers who served in local militias. It gives name, age, state or country of birth, dates of service, and remarks, and is arranged alphabetically. Family history researchers should look at both

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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