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Ohio, Athens County, Deceased Veteran Grave Registration Card File Index, 1819-1936
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Athens, Ohio, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Military
Collection years 1819-1936
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Related Websites
Athens County Clerk of Courts

Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

If you have a relative who was a verteran buried in Athens County, Ohio you may want to look at this collection. There are images beyond the dates indicated in the title.

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Index and images of grave registration cards. Cards include veterans name and may also include: address, date of death, place of death, cause of death, date of birth, place of birth, name of cemetery, location, lot, section, block and grave number, marker, next of kin, war served in, date enlisted, date discharged, branch of service, rank, etc. Original records at the Athens County courthouse, Athens, Ohio. Grave sites were registered for all veterans from wars prior to 1943. The information on the grave registration cards was taken from burial or cemetery records. Each record is found on a pre-printed card arranged alphabetically by the veteran’s name. The records are all extant and have been preserved under good conditions.

Veterans were buried in private, public, church, national, and military post cemeteries. Others were buried on battlefields, in prison, or in hospital cemeteries. Ohio, along with other states, made a concerted effort to locate the gravesites of veterans from all wars prior to 1943. Approximately three to five percent of the population was recorded in graves registration. Grave registration cards were created to form an index to the graves of former military personnel.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Veteran's Name
  • Residence
  • Date and place of Birth
  • Date and Place of Death
  • Date of Burial
  • Name of Cemetery
  • Plot location
  • Marker type
  • Service information
  • Date enlisted and discharged
  • Branch of Service
  • Rank

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