United States, Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: United States, Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903 .
This collection consists of 3x4 inch cards, which are headstone (gravestone) contracts provided for deceased Union veterans of the Civil War. The cards are on 22 rolls of microfilm covering over 166,000 records and are arranged alphabetically by surname. There are nine cards per image. Some of the names on the cards may be difficult to read.
Most burials occurred in private cemeteries, though some may have occurred in National Soldier Home cemeteries.
Gravestones were provided to Union soldiers who died between 1861 and 1903. Some cards may include War of 1812 veterans. The gravestones were provided between 1879-1903 by the United States government.
The gravestones were provided between the years 1879 and 1903, although the soldiers generally died between 1861 and 1903.
For a list of records by surnames currently published in this collection, select the Browse.
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.
- "United States, Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1845. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
The cards contain the following information:
- Name of soldier
- Company, regiment, branch of service
- Name of cemetery
- Location of cemetery (city, county, state)
- Grave and section number
- Death date
- Supplier of gravestone
- Contract date
How to Use the Record
To begin your search you will need to know the soldier's name. It is also helpful to know:
- The approximate burial or death date
- The place of burial
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. 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.
- Use the date along with the name to find the family in census records, church, and land records.
- The name of the gravestone provider or place of burial could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
- The branch of service and regiment can lead you to other military records.
- 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, try the following:
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.
To search the collection image by image,
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select "Surname Range" which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one 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.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"United States, Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V6H3-WBD : accessed 29 Aug 2012), Robert K Abel; citing Army Quartermaster General's Office. United States, records of Headstones provided deceased Union veterans. National Archives, Washington D.C.