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Cemetery records can aid in locating information about a Revolutionary War ancestor. Societies such as the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution have compiled lists and indexes of known Revolutionary War soldiers. State organizattions and local histories often make note of Revolutionary War veterans buried in their locality
The Daughters of the American Revolution has published the grave locations of Revolutionary War soldiers in the following source:
- DAR Annual Report to the Smithsonian Institution, 1900–1974. These lists have been continued in the DAR Magazine. (FHL book 973 B2dar) beginning with the October 1969 issue. The lists give name, birth date, death date, burial place, rank, and state and regiment of service if known. There are more than 58,500 identified graves.
The lists published in the DAR Magazine between 1974 and 1982 were reprinted as the following:
- Located Graves of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution. Washington, D.C.: National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1977–1982. (FHL book 973 V3l.) Includes the name of the soldier, birth and death dates, where he was buried, and dates of service.
The following source indexes the DAR Annual Reports to the Smithsonian Institution for 1900 and 1915 through 1986:
- Hatcher, Patricia Law. Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots. Four Volumes. Dallas, Texas: Pioneer Heritage Press, 1987–88. (FHL book 973 V38h.) Alphabetical entries listing the name, cemetery, place the cemetery is located, and reporting year.
A card file of located graves is maintained at the DAR Library in the Office of the Historian General. A similar card file abstracting burial and service information from the DAR reports is in the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University and at the Family History Library. It is called:
- DAR Revolutionary War Burial Index. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. (FHL films 1307675–83.) Includes name; birth date; death date; burial place, including state, county, and town, and name of cemetery; service, and so on.
Also available from the Sons of the American Revolution are:
- War Graves Registration Forms. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996. (On eight FHL films beginning with 2032073.) These records are alphabetically arranged, and contain forms received by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution up to mid-1993.
Listed below are additional sources of information on Revolutionary War deaths:
- Brakebill, Clovis H., editor and compiler. Revolutionary War Graves Register. Louisville, Kentucky: Wolfe City, Texas: National Society Sons of the American Revolution; Henington Publishing, 1993. (FHL 973 V3br.) Includes the name, birth and death year, cemetery, place where cemetery is located, rank, and state of service. This book is also available at some libraries on compact disc.
- Peterson, Clarence Stewart. Known Military Dead during the American Revolutionary War, 1775–1783.1959. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1967. (FHL book 973 M23pb; fiche 6051243.) Lists soldiers and sailors who were killed or died during the war, giving name, rank, unit, and death date.
Many states, associations, and individuals have compiled cemetery listings of Revolutionary War soldiers and veterans. The Family History Library has the following lists available: