The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) now has created its National Grave Registration Database Project. It is a searchable database available online and is free for everyone to use. Individuals can also submit information on Civil War ancestors. They didn’t need to die during the war, so long as a veteran of the Civil War – Union or Confederate side.
The information can include full name, state they were in the service for, whether Union or Confederate, birth, death dates, name of the cemetery and location, their rank and enlistment period. Scrolling down there can be additional information, such as what they died of or from. If there is anything that needs correcting or you have added information you can submit it to the site. Look at the top of the soldier’s listing and there is a link to click on to send corrections or additions.
This is a good resource to check ancestors’ names if you were unsure they served in the Civil War. Keep in mind not all soldiers are listed yet and some may never be added due to lack of information. That is why, if you have data, do share it with the site.
Photos: Gate entrance to Gettysburg, PA Cemetery, copy of an ancestor’s grave information – William Shelton Groff who died in 1899, and View of Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia.
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