Illinois, Soldier Burial Places (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Illinois, Soldier Burial Places, 1774-1974 .
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Illinois, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Military Burial
Collection years 1774-1974
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What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of an Index from a card file of soldiers buried in the state of Illinois. Most of these soldiers served from 1774 to 1974.

Collection Content

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

These records usually contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Company
  • Regiment or vessel
  • Death date
  • Name of cemetery
  • Location of cemetery (city and county)
  • Location of grave
  • Information about monument

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know the name of the soldier along with some other identifying information such as death date or burial place.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information 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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. 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.

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

What Do I Do Next?

Once you have located your ancestor’s burial record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Burial records are often brief so it can be easy confuse individuals.

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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • The cemetery sexton may be able to provide you with the name of the undertaker or mortuary. This could lead you to funeral records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Use the time period the soldier was living and the location to search for other records such as census and church records.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • 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 Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

“Illinois, Soldier burial places, 1774-1974.” Database. FamilySearch Citing Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Illinois, Soldier Burial Places, 1774-1974.

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