United States, Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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United States Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903
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Record Description
Record Type Cemetery Headstone Cards
Record Group RG 92: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General
Collection years 1879-1903
Microfilm Publication M1845. Records of Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans,ca.1879-ca.1903. 22 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 421
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What is in This 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.

Most burials occurred in private cemeteries, though some may have occurred in National Soldier Home cemeteries.

Gravestones were provided to Union soldiers who died between 1861 and 1903. Some cards may include War of 1812 veterans. The gravestones were provided between 1879-1903 by the United States government. 

The gravestones were provided between the years 1879 and 1903, although the soldiers generally died between 1861 and 1903. 

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The cards contain the following information:

  • Name of soldier
  • Company, regiment, branch of service
  • Name of cemetery
  • Location of cemetery (city, county, state)
  • Grave and section number
  • Death date
  • Supplier of gravestone
  • Contract date

Collection Content

Sample Image

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • The name of the soldier
  • The approximate burial or death date
  • The place where the soldier was buried

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
Select Surname Range to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the information from the headstone to find a death certificate
  • Use the information to find the family in census records
  • Use the information to find the family in church and land records
  • The name of the gravestone provider or place of burial could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members
  • The branch of service and regiment can lead you to other military records including pension and service records
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • 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 the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries
  • 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
  • Consult the United States Record Finder to find other records

Known Issues With This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"United States, Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903." Database and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1845. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

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