GENEALOGY AND HISTORY SITES THAT ARE FREE TO ACCESS AND FREE TO USE

Hard to find but free places where you can research genealogy on line, without having to pay. Your comments and feedback are welcome to any post.

About me: Jerry E. Reed
First and foremost, I am a seasoned voice talent and media/public relations specialist with many other interests. I have been helping businesses with their narrations, presentations, commercials, and more all of my adult life.
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I am also a genealogist, a
n avid photographer, and artisan bread baker.
My genealogy interest began before personal computers were a family "must have." Personal genealogy computer research has blossomed in the past 15 years. It wasn't long before someone decided that they could charge for information that should be free and in the public domain. I have always been frustrated by that. Now, thousands and thousands of pages of useful facts are coming on line daily in free-to-access digital archives located all over the world. So, I'm constantly searching for new sources of free on line material. Blog updates follow this section and all links are added to the master list below the new posts.
Updates are posted when
I discover another new source or when something I have already reviewed gets a major update.
Have fun and enjoy.
Note: if you find a link no longer works, please let me know so I can research and update it.



Wednesday, October 22, 2008

National Gravesite Locater - Bureau of Veterans Affairs

This site lets you search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries. This register includes veterans who are buried in private cemeteries, if the grave is marked with a government grave marker. I did a quick search on my Rev War ancestor, as I had ordered a replacement marker a few years ago. Yup, he was in it.

The information in this database comes from many sources including the records of the VA. You should be aware that some records have more or less information depending on what information was available. As with private cemeteries, the information provided is what was gleaned from the application forms provided for the purpose of determining the eligibility of the veteran for the government marker. 1997 is the cut off year. Any markers placed on graves after that year are not included in the database.

Here's the link:

gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1

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