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    1. [SE-KENTUCKY] Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library,
    2. Margo Spoor
    3. [GenealogyGems] Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 52, June 30, 2008 Civil War Headstones by Melissa Shimkus ************ ********* ********* ********* Have you lost your soldier? Tracing an individual after the Civil War can sometimes be a harrowing experience. During the War many soldiers realized there were other areas of the country to be explored. Later, with westward expansion and the desire to own land, some of these men moved their families. If you have a lost Civil War soldier after the war, "Card Records of Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, ca. 1879-ca. 1903" (NARA microfilm publication M-1845) may help you locate him. After the Civil War, the Office of the Quartermaster General established a Cemetery Branch. The Cemetery Branch was primarily in charge of creating and maintaining national military cemeteries. Congress decided on March 3, 1873 to allow honorably discharged Civil War veterans to be buried in national military cemeteries. Six years later, in 1879, the Act was broadened so veterans buried in private cemeteries could receive government headstones. This microfilm set consists of twenty-two reels containing records arranged alphabetically by surname then given name. The records are for those soldiers who fought for the Union and died between 1861 and 1903. Some War of 1812 Veterans can be located on this film as well. These records can be helpful to those who have lost a Civil War soldier because of the specific information provided concerning the individual and his headstone. The soldier's name, rank, company, regiment, and date of death are provided. The burial information given is the cemetery name, town or county, and state. For example, Charles Amick died January 24, 1877. A former private in the Michigan Cavalry, he was buried at Breedsville Cemetery, located in the town of Breedsville, Van Buren County, Michigan. Although Harry Baker served as a Private in Company K of the 24th Wisconsin Infantry, he was buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Pueblo, Colorado after his death on February 10, 1903. The microfilmed "Card Records of Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, ca. 1879-ca. 1903" is a source worth the attention of Union Civil War researchers. It offers additional evidence of an ancestor's wartime service and supplies genealogical information. The record is especially useful in providing a burial location for soldiers who may have migrated. An index and viewable images of the more than 166,000 cards on this microfilm set is also available now online at for those who have access to that subscription website. The address for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne IL http://www.acpl. Margaret Spoor

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