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The collection consists of a card file of veteran cemetery records located at the Maine State Archives. The cards are arranged by war then alphabetical by surname. The index cards may contain dates of birth, death and place of death and burial. The Index covers King Philip's War through World War I. The collection covers the years 1676 to 1918.
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The cards generally list the following information:
- Name of deceased
- Residence of deceased
- Date and place of birth
- Date and place of death
- War in which veteran served
- Cause of death
- Date and place of burial
- Next of kin
- Date and place of enlistment
- Branch of service, rank and unit of service
- Discharge date and place
- Cemetery record includes grave number, book number and page of record
- Source of information
How to Use the Record
To begin your search you will need to know the following:
- The person’s name.
- Other identifying information such as the approximate burial date and place or death date.
Search the Collection
To search the collection,
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select "War of War Range "
⇒Select "Surname Range" which takes you to the images.
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
Using the Information
Once you have located your ancestor’s card, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Burial records are often brief so it can be easy confuse individuals. Compare what information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.
Next, look at the pieces of information given in the burial record for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- Use the birth date or year to search for birth records.
- Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records.
- Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church and land records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- 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.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Maine, Cemetery Records items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Maine Archives and Libraries. For additional information about this state see the wiki article Maine.|
- Maine Bureau of Veteran's Services
- Northern Maine Veteran's Cemetery Corporation
- Veteran's Memorial Cemetery Association
- Maine Cemetery Transcriptions
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Citations for This Collection
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
- "Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Augusta.
|The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918.|
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