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==What is Is in the Collection" ==
This collection consists of 3x4 inch cards, which are headstone (gravestone) contracts provided for deceased Union veterans of the Civil War. The cards are on 22 rolls of microfilm covering over 166,000 records and are arranged alphabetically by surname. There are nine cards per image. Some of the names on the cards may be difficult to read.
The gravestones were provided between the years 1879 and 1903, although the soldiers generally died between 1861 and 1903. 
===To Browse this This Collection===
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== What Can this This Collection Tell Me? ==
The cards contain the following information:
When you have located your ancestor’s headstone record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family.
=== I Found Who I was Was Looking forFor, What Now? ===
*Use the information from the headstone to find a death certificate
*Use the information to find the family in census records
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking forFor, What Now? ===
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
== Known Issues with With This Collection ==
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==Citing this This Collection==
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image. <br>
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