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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

National Gravesite Locator

Via Research Buzz:

Government Computer News has noted that the Veterans Administration has added almost two million veterans' records to its grave locator -- mostly veterans buried in private cemeteries. That brings the number of names in the grave site locator up to about five million.

Of course, records for Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois, are included. However, veterans buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield are not yet included. I figured this out by searching for my dad who served in World War II, and for Abraham Lincoln who served in the Black Hawk war.

Gravesite records appear to go back to the American Revolutionary War.

The main page has search fields for last and first name. There's also an advanced search with options for middle name, date of birth, date of death, and cemetery. But, as noted at Research Buzz, there is no state search. It would also be nice to be able to search by war.

Posted by Marie at December 27, 2005 9:43 PM