Soldier's and Sailor's Homes Records

Michigan Veterans Home (Soldier’s and Sailors Home)

Public Act 152 provided for the '' establishment of a home for disabled soldiers, sailors and mariners within the state of Michigan." Various cities and sites were considered until finally, a piece of land three miles north of Grand Rapids was chosen. Construction began on March 15, 1886 when ground was broken. The first building was completed and dedicated on December 30, 1886. Space was soon in high demand and in 1889, the legislature appropriated additional funds for the expansion of the complex, including a hospital and dormitory. The cemetery on the grounds of the facility was opened in April 1886, initially consisting of space for 267 burials.

A history of the Michigan Veterans' Home can be found in the following publication:

Reinder. Van Til and James. VanVulpen, Michigan Veterans' Facility Centennial: A Century of Caring (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Board of Managers, Michigan Veterans' Facility, 1986).  

Michigan Soldiers Home
Michigan Soldiers' Home, Souvenir of Michigan Soldiers' Home

Records of Residents

The Western Michigan Genealogical Society created an online index to the Residents of the Michigan Veterans Home located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Once you have the Registration Number, you can order the record from the society, or look up the record in person at the Archives of Michigan.

Soldier's Home Cemetery

Burials from the Soldier's Home Cemetery have been transcribed and placed online through a variety of websites. These include Find-A-Grave, The Sons of Union Veterans Graves Registration Database, and Don Harvey's Michigan in the War.

 

 

U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers

Initially named the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldier, the system was established at the end of the Civil War and the first home opened in Togus Springs, Maine, in 1866. A total of 13 branches would be opened across the Unite States by 1930.

Trevor K. Plante wrote an excellent article describing the US National Homes, and the records available for research, in the Spring 2004 issue of Prologue Magazine published by the National Archives.

Some of these records have been digitized and made available through commercial providers such as Ancestry.com.