Locating Military Gravestones & Burials

Although Saturday, 11 November, is officially Veteran’s Day, America will celebrate the federal holiday on Saturday.

Veteran’s Day is a time to thank, honor and remember all men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, both living and deceased.

Do you have ancestors or deceased family members who served in the military and wonder where they are buried?

Here are some free resources that might help you locate their gravesites:

American Battle Monuments Commission – Database of 200,000 Americans who died in World War I or World War II

Interment.net – Browse all U.S. national cemeteries

National Cemetery Administration Graveside Locator – Database of servicemen/women (and possibly their spouses) buried in a U.S. national cemetery

There are also several collections on FamilySearch. You will need a free account to access these records, if you don’t already have one:

Roll of Honor: Names of Soldiers Who Died in Defense of the American Nation – 27 digitized volumes that can be browsed (not indexed)

United States: Burial Registers for Military Posts, Camps and Stations, 1768-1921 – Most burials are between 1860-1890.

United States Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903 – Card collection of gravestone permits of Union soldiers. Description says that some War of 1812 veterans might also be included.

United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949 – 621,000 applications

Be sure to thank a veteran for his/her service this weekend!

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