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 Type||Cemetery Headstone Cards|
|Record Group||RG 92: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General|
|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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- 1 What is in This Collection"
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues With This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection"[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
|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?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- 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[edit | edit source]
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
Select Surname Range to view the images.
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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]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- 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?[edit | edit source]
- 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
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.
- United States Guided Research
- United States Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
Known Issues With This Collection[edit | edit source]
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]
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