Ohio, Grave Registrations of Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This collection will include records from 1810-1955.

This collection contains a name index of soldiers buried in Ohio. These Index cards were compiled by the Ohio Adjutant General's Office. The card index includes soldiers from the Revolutionary War to World War II.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Ohio, Grave Registrations of Soldiers, 1810-1955" index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Ohio Adjutant General's Office. Columbus, Ohio.

Record Content

Grave registration cards may include the following information:

  • Full name of the veteran
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date and place
  • Burial date and place
  • Enlistment date, branch of service, unit, and rank
  • Next of kin and relationship
  • Address of the deceased at the time of death

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the complete name of the deceased veteran.

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.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the death information to locate death certificates and mortuary records.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased, 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.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names. Also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Some cards may also have been filed by given name rather than surname.
  • Some cards may have been misfiled due to a misinterpretation of the handwriting on old cemetery records.
  • Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the records of nearby localities or other states.

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Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.