Genealogy: U.S. Civil War 1861-1865—Search the cemetery for information

Genealogy: Search the cemetery for U.S. Civil War 1861-1865 informationBy Barry J. Ewell
Finding graves of your ancestors from the Civil War era for both Union and Confederate soldiers is easier than you might think. The following are few resources.

Department of Veterans Affairs National Gravesite Locator. Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker using the Gravesite Locator.

Headstones Provided for Deceased Union War Veterans circa 1879-1903.  An act of Congress of February 3, 1879, extended the privilege of government-provided gravestones to soldiers buried in private cemeteries.  There are 166,000 cards Continue reading

Genealogy: Emblems of believe on U.S. military headstones

Military BeliefAn emblem of belief for inscription on a Government headstone or marker is an emblem or symbol that represents the sincerely held belief of the decedent that constituted a religion or the functional equivalent of religion and was believed and/or accepted as true by that individual during his or her life. The belief represented by an emblem need not be associated with or endorsed by a group or organization. Emblems of belief for inscription on Government headstones and markers do not include social, cultural, ethnic, civic, fraternal, trade, commercial, political, professional or military emblems.  The following are emblems you will find: Continue reading

Genealogy: Symbolism on U.S. military headstones

Military gravesThe United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) maintains many cemeteries specifically devoted to veterans. Most have various rules regarding what must take place in order to be interred there. The VA only permits graphics on Government-furnished headstones or markers that are approved emblems of belief, the Civil War Union Shield, the Civil War Confederate Southern Cross of Honor, and the Medal of Honor insignia. The following is an overview of the symbolism of U.S. veteran graves: Continue reading

Genealogy: Revolutionary War 1776-1783, Search the cemetery for information

Revolutionary war 8By Barry J. Ewell

Finding graves of your ancestors is really hit and miss, but there are a few resources that may provide value.

Department of Veterans Affairs National Gravesite Locator. Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker using the Gravesite Locator. Continue reading

Photographing at the cemetery

Photographing at the cemeteryBy Barry J. Ewell

For over 40 years I have used the camera to capture the lives of my family and friends.  The camera has been a very important tool in my professional career in public relations and advertising.  I first started with a film camera and spent hundreds of wonderful/fun hours in a dark room developing and printing my on prints.  Since the late 90’s I have used the digital camera extensively in to aid in my genealogical research.

I would like to share with you a few of the lessons I have learned when photographing in the cemetery. Continue reading