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Utah, Veterans with Federal Service Buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Utah, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Veteran Burial Location Cards
Collection years Territorial-1966
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is a card file consisting of thousands of cards arranged by county, then by city, and then by the veteran’s name. Only in Salt Lake City were the records filed by cemetery and then by veteran’s name. The records cover the time period from the earliest territorial time to 1966.

These records were compiled by the Military Records Section of the Utah State Historical Society. Form letters were sent to the next of kin of deceased veterans and the information returned was transcribed onto printed cards. This process began about 1957 and continued until 1970. Beginning in 1969 the information returned was entered directly into a database and the transcribing of information onto cards was abandoned the following year. The database continued to grow and information formerly on cards was entered into the database until 1986. In 1990 the existing cards (and some form letters) were microfilmed and subsequently destroyed. The collection published here is derived from microfilming completed in 1966 and therefore excludes any of the subsequent additions to the collection. The records identify thousands of men buried in Utah who had served in the United States military.

These records were compiled to track veteran burial locations to assist veterans’ families in obtaining grave markers and help veterans’ organizations to place flags on graves on Decoration Day (later designated Memorial Day). The records are fairly reliable considering that they were compiled from responses to a form letter. A helpful article about this collection is Judith W. Hansen " Records of Veterans Buried in Utah." Crossroads 4 (March 2008): 87-92. FHL 973 D25gj.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Utah, Veterans with Federal Service Buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Burial

  • Name of veteran
  • Rank and Serial number
  • Military unit in which served
  • Branch
  • Date and place of enlistment
  • Date and place of discharge
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • City and county of burial
  • Cemetery and plot location
  • Next of kin including name, address, and relationship (often blank)

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the veteran
  • The birth date of the veteran
  • The death date of the veteran
  • The death place of the veteran

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select First Letter of the Surname
  2. Select Surname, Given Name(s) with Death Year to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records,military discharge records and applications for a government headstone.
  • Use the information to find additional family members from a pension file or veteran benefit records.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well
  • Search the indexes and records of Utah, United States Genealogy
  • Search in the Utah Archives and Libraries

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Utah.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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