Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Soldier Headstones

Did You Know?
"The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death." (Source: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)

They've been providing grave markers for many years, going back to at least the Civil War era.  And the government has kept track of where every single one of those grave markers ended up.  From those records, our group is working on transcribing the thousands and thousands (and thousands!) of names of VETERANS who received government headstones ... up to the Spanish American War.  The majority of the names are Civil War soldiers, but there are a few War of 1812 soldiers in these records as well.

We have all of the surnames starting with A, B, C, E, I, J, Q, X, Y, and Z names online at http://genealogytrails.com/cwstones/  and more coming every day.    Information usually included is name, rank, regiment, name of cemetery and location, along with a death date when available.  These are from the government's own records and you won't find them transcribed online anywhere else, but Genealogy Trails.
Visit soon to find YOUR veteran....

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