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Record Description

These records include Veterans of Foreign Wars burial cards and veterans grave registration cards acquired from the Summit County Public Library, Arkron Ohio. The collection covers the years 1700 to 1941.

Record Content

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.
  • The approximate burial or death date.
  • The place of burial.

Search the Collection

To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them 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.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

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.
  • If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for check for variant spellings of the surnames.

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 other nearby cemeteries and localities.
  • 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.

Related Websites

Ohio Cemetery Records

Related Wiki Articles

Ohio Genealogy

Contributions to This Article

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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.

Collection citation:

“Ohio, Summit County, Veteran Burial Cards, 1700-1941.” Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Iowa State Historical Department, Des Moines.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.

 

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