DEPT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS for military burials and government markers
- I thought those of you looking for military burials would be interested in
this article found in Rootswebs online newsletter.
VA Burials Database
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has set up an online database
containing more than 3 million records that show where veterans have
been buried in national cemeteries. The nationwide grave locator
contains records of veterans and dependants buried in the VA's 120
cemeteries since the Civil War. It also has records of burials in state
veterans' cemeteries and burials in Arlington National Cemetery -- from
1999 to present.
The site displays the same information that visitors to national
cemeteries find on kiosks or in written ledgers to locate gravesites:
name, dates of birth and death, period of military service, branch of
service and rank (if known). The information comes from the records of
interment, which before 1994 were paper records that were kept at each
cemetery. Some cemetery information (such as the identity of next of
kin) is subject to the Privacy Act and as such is not included online.
Ann B. Chambless