This is a re-post of an earlier Tombstone Tuesdays post – V. A. Nationwide Gravesite Locator – Tombstone Tuesdays February 19, 2019 – over 3,000 words. I decided to do an abbreviated version of that post since many won’t read a post that long. It’s important to understand the limitations of the V. A. website. There are some obscure limitations many are not aware of. Those limitations may be missed, or overlooked, in the earlier post.
I covered many of them in this post – United States National Cemetery System – Tombstone Tuesdays July 16, 2019 (made a shorter list of the different government websites to check). That’s a long post, over 7,000 words. The key point relative to today’s post is the following:
I initially started this as a separate post last month, but decided it deserved to be a Tombstone Tuesdays post – United States National Cemetery System: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_National_Cemetery_System. It may get confusing as there several federal agencies (V. A., NPS, Army National Military Cemeteries, state veteran cemeteries, and ABMC) that handle U. S. federal veteran cemeteries as well as many states that maintain state funded, which may or may not receive federal funds to help out, veteran cemeteries. It took a while as I had to research and deal with linking issues. Be aware if you are using https://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/ to find a veteran, there are limits:
The database of burial information is updated each day.
Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.
The Nationwide Gravesite Locator includes burial records from many sources. These sources provide varied data; some searches may contain less information than others. Information on veterans buried in private cemeteries was collected for the purpose of furnishing government grave markers, and we do not have information available for burials prior to 1997.
Erroneous information can be corrected, but we are unable to add to the information contained in the existing record.
If your search returns incorrect information about a veteran or family member buried in a national cemetery, please contact the cemetery directly to discuss your findings.
To report incorrect information about a veteran buried in a private cemetery, click on “Contact Us” at the top of this page. Names cannot be added to the listing if a government grave marker was not furnished for the grave, or if the existing government grave marker was furnished prior to 1997.
Here are some links to Army National Military Cemeteries: https://armycemeteries.army.mil/About-Us/Our-Cemeteries
V. A. National Cemeteries: https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/index.asp (you can choose by several different levels)
V. A. National Cemeteries (by state): https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/cems/allnational.asp (LONG list as there are over 100 cemeteries listed)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC): https://www.abmc.gov/
Here are some basic FAQs: https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/faq.asp.
Eligibility for a Headstone or Medallion: https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/hmm/eligibility.asp.
I made the mistake recently of ignoring the above when I went looking for someone on the V. A. website as they are buried in Arlington which has its own website.
Previous Tombstone Tuesdays posts: https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/Tombstone-tuesday/