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Soldier's Homes (1865-1930) Caring for our Veterans

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
Nov 13, 2019
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Speaker's Introduction
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Setting the Conditions
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Life in the Home
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Finding a Veteran
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Other Sources
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State Homes
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

The National Home for Volunteer Soldiers, was established by an act of Congress in 1865. The purpose of the home system (initially called the National Asylum) was to provide for the care of the large number of wounded and disabled veterans from the Civil War. Records of kinship and other treasures abound in these records—over 400,000 records of these veterans are online free of charge. The home from its inception was intended to be more like a planned community of today, than a simple home and hospital. Extensive amenities and vocational training were provided. The largest branch and showpiece of the system was the Central Branch at Dayton, Ohio, Eventually growing to 11 homes or branches spread across the country, they are today Veteran’s Administration hospitals. Additionally, state and Confederate homes were established. We will also discuss strategies for finding these records.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, a retired colonel who served 31 years in the U.S. Army, is a long-time researcher and instructor in genealogical topics. Rick is a past president and current board member of BCG. He coordinates the Advanced Land course
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    An absolutely brilliant webinar with lots of great information to assist discovering early Veteran Soldiers Homes in the USA.

    Best webinar to date! This was so informative. Well done, Mr. Sayer!

    Can you please CLONE Mr. Sayre? I would love to have him as a guide through all the records at NARA!

    Excellent information

    Excellent information and great presentation!

    Excellent information provided in an interesting and nicely ordered way. Well done and thank you!

    Excellent presenter well versed in the subject.

    Excellent webinar. Lots of good information. Learned lots tonight!

    Excellent webinar. Rick webinars are always so informative and very well done. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. Cant wait to watch this webinar again.


    Great information and resources to explore.

    Great presentation.

    Great! Thank you!

    I enjoyed listening to the webinar.

    Looking forward to using what I learned today. Great presentation.

    Mr Sayre is a great speaker, loved the images he shared. Just ordered the book Creating a National Home.

    My GreatGrandfather died in the Hampton Home in 1895 from injuries he received during the Civil War.
    One of the best webinars I have listened to. Very interesting and informative. Great job to the presenter.

    Rick is so knowledgeable! Always worth listening to him. Thanks.

    Rick Sayre was great! Can’t wait to hear him again.

    Rick Sayre… Excellent, as usual. Thank you

    So informative. Learned so much from this webinar. Presenter was great, too.

    So much information and definitely one I will watch again as my great-great grandfather spent some time at the home in Dayton, Ohio. Thank you for a great webinar.

    So much information that I will definitely be watching again. I am beginning to research the civil war and am trying to find some ancestors that seemed to have disappeared. Hoping they were veterans and no one wanted to speak of them going to a Veteran’s home

    Thank goodness for a subscription! Needed to leave early, glad I can pick up where I left off!

    Typically thorough presentation by Rick Sayre. Enjoyed the details of the memorabilia and collectibles from Rick’s collection

    Unique topic!

    Very good and full of good search information.

    Very informative.

    Very interesting and an excellent presentation! Thank you Rick Sayre!

    Very interesting. I have one ancestor who was in the Dayton Home. Shall pursue this.

    Thank you.

    Very thorough presentation well done by Rick on an important part of military history and how the soldiers were looked after.

    Well versed in his subject. Clear and concise presentation. Loved the little stories about some of the soldiers!

    Wonderfully informative!!


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