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Record Description
Record Group RG 92: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General,1774-1985
Collection years 1768-1921
Microfilm Publication M2014. Burial Registers for Military Posts,Camps,and Stations,1768-1921. 1 rolls.
Arrangement Chronologically then alphabetically by state.
National Archives Identifier 4478153 4478151
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index and images of burial registers for military posts, camps, and stations,1768-1921. This collection corresponds with NARA publication M2014, one roll consisting of two volumes of burials, most occurring between 1860 and 1890. The records are from Record Group 92, Records of the Quartermaster General, and are arranged by place of burial then date of death. See the descriptive pamphlet Burial Registers for Military Posts, Camps, and Stations 1768-1921 for a list of the posts, camps and stations.

The registers are arranged by the name of the military post, and thereunder usually in rough chronological order by date of burial. The burial registers primarily include soldiers of the Regular Army and Union Army (volunteers). Many civilians, usually wives or children of military personnel, are also listed, as well as some Confederate Army soldiers.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Burial

  • Name
  • Rank, company, regiment
  • Date of death
  • Location of grave (section and number)
  • Remarks. The remarks column may indicate the cause of death, a civilian's relationship to a soldier or removal to another cemetery. The abbreviation "HS" means "headstone." Notations such as "2903 of 1873" refer to the number and year of correspondence received by the Quartermaster General that provided the information
  • Type of grave marker, such as headboard, cross, broken stone, or marble slab
  • Name of the contractor who supplied the headstone is sometimes indicated

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate burial or death date

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the name and rank, company or regiment along with the death date to obtain the individual's military records from the federal government
  • Use the burial locality and the names to find the family in census, church and land records
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral records which often include the names and residences of other family members
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • If you are unable to find your ancestor check for variant spellings of the surnames

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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