US Military Cemetery Records
- 1 Cemetery Records
- 1.1 National Cemetery Administration
- 1.2 Headstones and Markers
- 1.3 Arlington National Cemetery
- 1.4 National Park Service
- 1.5 National Archives
- 1.6 Family History- Library-State Records
- 1.7 Military Burials- FamilySearch Historical Records
- 1.8 Overseas Cemeteries
- 1.9 Cemetery Records by Conflict
- 1.10 Books
National Cemetery Administration
- Department of Veteran Affairs
- 810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
- Washington, D.C. 20422
This web site has administration news; national veterans cemetery addresses; information about burial, headstones, state veterans cemetery grant programs, and links to other sites for locating veterans; and military records.
A Nationwide Gravesite Locator is now available online from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It has burial records of veterans and their family members from VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, and other veterans cemeteries around the country. The site also provides links to maps of the cemeteries.
Headstones and Markers
- Headstones, Markers,and Medallions
- Pre-World War I Era Headstones and Markers
- Headstones and Marker Inscription Abbreviations
- Emblems of Belief
National Genealogical Society
- Claire Prechtel-Kluskens.Headstone Records for US Military Veterans. Part I:Headstone Design NGS Magazine 39 #1 (January-March 2013): 30- 33. FHL 973 D25ngs
- Claire Prechtel-Kluskens.Headstone Records for US Military Veterans. Part II: Records for Headstones Requested from 1879 to 1925." NGS Magazine 39 #2 (April-June 2013): 32-35. FHL 973 D25ngs
- Clair Prechtel-Kluskens. Records of Burial Flags for Veterans." NGS Magazine 42 #4 (October-December 2016): 39-42. FHL 973 D25ngs
- john P. Deeben. Last Rites for the Honored Dead: Records of Military Burials in National Cemeteries. NGS Magazine (January-March 2011): 15-18. FHL 973 D25ngs
- History of Arlington National Cemetery
- Find a Grave:Arlington National Cemetery app.:ANC Explorer
- Section 27: Casualties of War and Honorary War Veterans
- Monuments and Memorials
- Site Index
National Park Service
- National Parks and National Cemeteries
- National Cemetery Project Post Half-Million Indexed Names of Civil War Burials
- Locating Graves at Vicksburg National Cemetery
The National Archives also has applications for headstones for soldiers and veterans buried in private cemeteries between 1879–1964.
- Honoring Our Dead. The Evolution of the Government Policy on Headstones for Fallen Soldiers and Sailors.
- Claire Kluskens. Research Guide for Headstone Records for US Military Burials in Nonfederal Cemeteries, 1879-1985
Family History- Library-State Records
Some states and counties have grave registration records that identify the graves of soldiers buried in local cemeteries. You can usually find these by contacting the state archives or state library or historical society. The Family History Library has statewide veteran grave registrations for the following states:
- Florida Register of deceased veterans, Florida (FHL film 6716)
- Illinois Soldiers burial places in state of Illinois for wars, 1774-1898 (31 FHL films beginning with 1001183)
- Kentucky Index to veterans of American wars from Kentucky (47 FHL film beginning with 471728)
- Maine Cemetery index of veterans (11 FHL films beginning with 1001841), and Veterans cemetery records (15 FHL film beginning with 1001826)
- Ohio Grave registrations of soldiers buried in Ohio (92 FHL films beginning with 182702)
- Rhode Island Rhode Island historical cemeteries master book (FHL film 954938)
- South Dakota South Dakota grave registration project; cemetery information (17 FHL films beginning with 1295750)
- Utah Records of veterans with Federal service buried in Utah, territorial to 1966 (19 FHL films beginning with 485245)
The state military pages may also have more information for cemetery records for their respective states.
To find microfilm numbers of cemetery records in the FamilySearch Catalog, look in the Place Search under:
- [STATE] - CEMETERIES [STATE], [COUNTY], [CITY] - CEMETERIES
Military Burials- FamilySearch Historical Records
- Unnited States,Burial Registers for Military Posts, Camps, and Stations, 1768-1921
- United States Records of Headstones of Decased union Veterans, 1879-1903
- United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949
- United States Register of Confederates and Civilians Who Died in the North, 1861-1865
- Georgia, Andersonville Prison Records, 1862-1865 Images include Deaths and Burials
- Illinois, Soldier Burial Places, 1774-1974
- Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998
- Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918
- Utah, Veterans with Federal Service Buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966
The American Battle Monuments Commission was created in 1923 to maintain memorials in the U.S. and 24 foreign countries where American forces have served. They have the names of 124,913 World War I and World War II war dead and the names of 94,093 soldiers listed as missing in action or buried at sea from four wars: World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War.
Th American Battle Monuments Commission includes information about the purpose, composition, and history of the commission; details about each overseas cemetery; and the names of persons buried at many of their cemeteries. A "Search ABMC Burials" database is available on the website.By selecting the name, you will be provided with a page on the decedent, showing the cemetery and location of grave and additional information.
The following publications can help you find overseas cemeteries:
- American Memorials and Overseas Military Cemeteries. Washington, D.C.: American Battle Monuments Commission, 1970. (FHL book 973 Al no. 58; FHL film 928257.) Contains descriptions of cemeteries in Europe where Americans are buried who died in World Wars I and II.
- Nishiura, Elizabeth, ed. American Battle Monuments: A Guide to Military Cemeteries and Monuments Maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission. Detroit: Omnigraphics, Inc., 1989. (FHL book 973 V3am. Lists the public services offered by the commission plus a directory to their offices. It serves as a guide to cemeteries and memorials for the World Wars.
For further information contact:
- American Battle Monuments Commission
Casimir Pulaski Building
20 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20314-0300
Telephone: 202-272-0533; 202-272-0532
Cemetery Records by Conflict
- Colonial Wars, 1607 to 1763
- Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783
- War of 1812, 1812 to 1815
- Mexican War, 1846 to 1848
- Civil War, 1861 to 1865
- Indian Wars, 1780's-1890's
- Spanish-American War, 1898
- Philippine Insurrection, 1899 to 1902
- World War I, 1917 to 1918
- World War II, 1941 to 1945
- Korean War 1950 to 1953
- Vietnam War 1964 to 1972
The following book provides descriptions of national cemeteries, state veterans’ cemeteries, soldiers’ lots, and abandoned military cemeteries:
- Holt, Dean W. American Military Cemeteries: A Comprehensive Illustrated Guide to the Hallowed Grounds of the United States, including Cemeteries Overseas. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., Inc., 1992. (FHL book 973 V3ho.)
- Dickon,Chris. The Foreign Burial of American War Dead: a history. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Co., 2011. FHL 973 M2dch