Ohio Graves Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

Gravesites were registered for all veterans from wars prior to 1943.

Record History

Veterans were buried in private, public, church, national, and military post cemeteries. Others were buried on battlefields, in prison, or in hospital cemeteries. Ohio, along with other states, made a concerted effort to locate the gravesites of veterans from all wars prior to 1943. Approximately three to five percent of the population was recorded in graves registration.

Why This Record Was Created

Grave registration cards were created to form an index to the graves of former military personnel.

Record Reliability

The information on the grave registration cards was taken from burial or cemetery records and will contain any errors found in these sources plus possible transcription errors.

Record Description

Each record was a preprinted card that was arranged alphabetically by the veteran’s name. The records are all extant and have been preserved under good conditions.

Record Content

Grave registration cards may include the following information:

  • Full name of the veteran
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date and place
  • Burial date and place
  • Enlistment date, branch of service, unit, and rank
  • Next of kin and relationship
  • Address of the deceased at the time of death

How to Use the Record

Use these records to learn birth dates, birthplaces, death dates, burial places, and other information about individuals who served in the military. This information can then lead you to other records such as census, death, burial, and military service records.

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Sources of This Collection

Ohio. Adjutant General’s Office. Grave Registrations of Soldiers Buried in Ohio. From URL, date accessed or downloaded. Digital identification number if any, name.
Example: Ohio. Adjutant General’s Office. Grave Registrations of Soldiers Buried in Ohio. From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org), September 29, 2006. Harry M. O’Brien.
Ohio. Adjutant General’s Office. Grave Registrations of Soldiers Buried in Ohio. Salt Lake City, Utah; Genealogical Society of Utah, 1958. Film number, name.

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