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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[US Military Types of Military Records|Types of Military Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[US Military Cemetery Records|Cemetery Records]]''
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Military Records|Military Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[US_Military_Cemetery_Records|Cemetery Records]]''  
  
 
== Cemetery Records  ==
 
== Cemetery Records  ==
  
Soldiers and veterans were often buried in private, public, church, national, and military post cemeteries. Others were buried on the battlefield or in prison or hospital cemeteries. The first national military cemeteries were created in 1862 during the Civil War.
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Soldiers and veterans were often buried in private, public, church, national, and military post cemeteries. Others were buried on the battlefield or in prison or hospital cemeteries. The first national military cemeteries were created in 1862 during the Civil War.  
  
=== National Cemetery System ===
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=== National Cemetery System ===
  
 
The National Cemetery System has a card index that identifies nearly all soldiers who were buried in national cemeteries and other cemeteries under federal jurisdiction from 1861 to the present. The address is:  
 
The National Cemetery System has a card index that identifies nearly all soldiers who were buried in national cemeteries and other cemeteries under federal jurisdiction from 1861 to the present. The address is:  
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:internet: http://www.cem.va.gov
 
:internet: http://www.cem.va.gov
  
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.
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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 [http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov 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.
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A [http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov 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.  
  
=== National Archives ===
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=== National Archives ===
  
The National Archives also has applications for headstones for soldiers and veterans buried in private cemeteries between 1879–1964.
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The National Archives also has applications for headstones for soldiers and veterans buried in private cemeteries between 1879–1964.  
  
=== State Records ===
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=== 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:  
 
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:  
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*'''Utah''' ''{{FHL|664836|title-id|disp=Records of veterans with Federal service buried in Utah, territorial to 1966}}'' (19 FHL films beginning with 485245)
 
*'''Utah''' ''{{FHL|664836|title-id|disp=Records of veterans with Federal service buried in Utah, territorial to 1966}}'' (19 FHL films beginning with 485245)
  
The [[United States Military Records#State Military Records|state military pages]] may also have more information for cemetery records for their respective states.
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The [[United States Military Records#State_Military_Records|state military pages]] may also have more information for cemetery records for their respective states.  
  
 
=== American Battle Monuments Commission  ===
 
=== American Battle Monuments Commission  ===
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:American Battle Monuments Commission <br>Casimir Pulaski Building <br>20 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. <br>Washington, D.C. 20314-0300 <br>Telephone: 202-272-0533; 202-272-0532 <br>Internet: http://www.abmc.gov/home.php
 
:American Battle Monuments Commission <br>Casimir Pulaski Building <br>20 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. <br>Washington, D.C. 20314-0300 <br>Telephone: 202-272-0533; 202-272-0532 <br>Internet: http://www.abmc.gov/home.php
  
=== Overseas Cemeteries ===
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=== Overseas Cemeteries ===
  
 
The following publications can help you find overseas cemeteries:  
 
The following publications can help you find overseas cemeteries:  
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*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.
 
*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.
  
=== Cemetery Records by Conflict ===
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=== Cemetery Records by Conflict ===
  
*Colonial Wars, 1607 to 1763
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*Colonial Wars, 1607 to 1763  
 
*[[Revolutionary War Cemetery Records|Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783]]  
 
*[[Revolutionary War Cemetery Records|Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783]]  
 
*[[US War of 1812 Cemetery Records|War of 1812, 1812 to 1815]]  
 
*[[US War of 1812 Cemetery Records|War of 1812, 1812 to 1815]]  
 
*[[US Mexican War Cemetery Records|Mexican War, 1846 to 1848]]  
 
*[[US Mexican War Cemetery Records|Mexican War, 1846 to 1848]]  
 
*[[United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865|Civil War, 1861 to 1865]]  
 
*[[United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865|Civil War, 1861 to 1865]]  
*Indian Wars, 1780's-1890's
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*Indian Wars, 1780's-1890's  
*[[Spanish-American War, 1898#Cemetery Records|Spanish-American War, 1898]]
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*[[Spanish-American War, 1898#Cemetery_Records|Spanish-American War, 1898]]  
*Philippine Insurrection, 1899 to 1902
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*Philippine Insurrection, 1899 to 1902  
*[[United States World War I Cemetery Records|World War I, 1917 to 1918]]
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*[[United States World War I Cemetery Records|World War I, 1917 to 1918]]  
*[[United States World War II Cemetery Records|World War II, 1941 to 1945]]
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*[[United States World War II Cemetery Records|World War II, 1941 to 1945]]  
*Korean War 1950 to 1953
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*Korean War 1950 to 1953  
 
*Vietnam War 1964 to 1972
 
*Vietnam War 1964 to 1972
  
=== Books ===
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=== Books ===
  
 
The following book provides descriptions of national cemeteries, state veterans’ cemeteries, soldiers’ lots, and abandoned military cemeteries:  
 
The following book provides descriptions of national cemeteries, state veterans’ cemeteries, soldiers’ lots, and abandoned military cemeteries:  

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Cemetery Records

Soldiers and veterans were often buried in private, public, church, national, and military post cemeteries. Others were buried on the battlefield or in prison or hospital cemeteries. The first national military cemeteries were created in 1862 during the Civil War.

National Cemetery System

The National Cemetery System has a card index that identifies nearly all soldiers who were buried in national cemeteries and other cemeteries under federal jurisdiction from 1861 to the present. The address is:

National Cemetery System
Department of Veteran Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20422
internet: http://www.cem.va.gov

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.

National Archives

The National Archives also has applications for headstones for soldiers and veterans buried in private cemeteries between 1879–1964.

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:

The state military pages may also have more information for cemetery records for their respective states.

American Battle Monuments Commission

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 World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War.

The ABMC Internet site includes information about the purpose, composition, and history of the commission; details about individual ABMC overseas cemeteries; and the names of persons buried at many of their cemeteries. The Index search provides:

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Service
  • Date of Birth
  • Date of Death

By selecting the name, you will be provided with a page on the decedent, showing the cemetery and location of grave and additional information.

See the cemetery pages for each war for more information this and other military cemetery records.

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
Internet: http://www.abmc.gov/home.php

Overseas Cemeteries

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.

Cemetery Records by Conflict

Books

The following book provides descriptions of national cemeteries, state veterans’ cemeteries, soldiers’ lots, and abandoned military cemeteries:

Family History Library

To find microfilm numbers of cemetery records in the Family History Library Catalog, look in the Place Search  under:

[STATE] - CEMETERIES [STATE], [COUNTY], [CITY] - CEMETERIES