Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska Civil War Veterans – Compilation of the GAR Death Rolls

Over 36,000 Civil War Union veterans from just three states listed in a single book. This is the Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska Civil War Veterans: Compilation of the Death Rolls of the Department of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, 1883-1948. Taken from the Journals of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), this exhaustive work by Dennis Northcott, contains the names; ranks; company, regiment or ship; post, age, death date; and Journal entry for Union veterans who died in Iowa, Kansas, or Nebraska.

The G.A.R. was the largest association of Union veterans to exist after the war. Begun in 1866, membership reached its peak in 1890, with the last member dying in 1956. Membership was limited to “Soldiers and sailors of the United States Army, Navy or Marine Corps.” Individuals must have served between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1866 in the “war for suppression of the rebellion, and those having been honorably discharged therefrom.” The organization created departments on a state level, one per state. Each year the departments would requested the death rolls from local branches for those who had passed. These rolls were usually published in the annual Journal. Each year’s listing was usually a compilations of those who had passed the year before its issue. In other words, someone who died in 1901 probably did not get listed until the publication at the end of 1902.

Sometimes the Journals listed obituaries for the deceased. These are not included in this book. However, where they did appear the author made a reference note and has provided an appendix listing to the original Journal reference for those who have an associated obituary. In addition to the Introduction, which elaborates the preceding information, page ix lists abbreviations the reader will encounter throughout the book. The author also provides a brief “How to Use This Book” page. Here are the basics from this section:

  • Records are listed alphabetically, with all three states grouped together
  • The last column for each record provides the reference data from which Journal of the Annual Encampment from which the record was extracted
  • How to follow the reference for which Post the person served at or in
  • Additional information regarding G.A.R. members may exist in those cases where original G.A.R. records have survived

These death roll records are another great piece to the puzzle of the lost 1890 census. Leads to information missing in the lost census may be found through these death roll records, and other G.A.R. held information.


Table of Contents



How to Use This Book

Death Rolls (over 600 pages)

Appendix A: Roster of Department of Iowa post names and locations

Appendix B: Roster of Department of Kansas post names and locations

Appendix C: Roster of Department of Nebraska post names and locations

Appendix D: References to Grand Army of the Republic members with obituaries

Appendix E: Statistical summary of states and territories from which comrades in this book served

Appendix F: Annotated bibliography of Grand Army of the Republic department-level rosters and indexes


Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska Civil War Veterans: Compilation of the Death Rolls of the Department of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, 1883-1948  is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: DN03. Click on the link to purchase.

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