By 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
An 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
The 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
Following World War I, the War Department adopted a new design for Veteran gravestones. To this day that same design has remained relatively consistent. The following is a brief overview of the headstone design: Continue reading
By 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
By 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
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Photography for Genealogists #32: Photographing at the cemetery, provides suggestions and strategy for improving the genealogists’ research in the cemetery. You will improve your experience, find more information, and leave knowing you have what you came to learn.