While at a National Archives workshop on Civil War records recently, I learned of an amazing new project that will help Civil War genealogists find their ancestors’ resting places easier than ever.
After the presentation a gentleman in the audience stood up and identified himself as a member of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. Further, he shared that as part of the sesquetennial
(150th Anniversary) celebration of the Civil War the organization has set out to identify and record the burial site of every one of the Civil War veterans. Wow. They are spending their weekends walking cemeteries nationwide to find our fallen heroes resting places.
But wait! It gets better. Then they are recording those findings in their online database for everyone to use – for FREE. You just gotta love these guys.
Now, not to be partial to only one side, the gentlemen said with great authority that the Confederate Veterans organization is working toward the same goal for their fallen heroes. Both organizations plan to finish their projects by the end of the anniversary period in 2015. He estimated that they are at about 15% completion right now. Read more