You Too Can Help
As part of the updating and republishing of the index, we are attempting to identify missing veterans and also make the index more complete for the veterans that have been identified. This page gives a brief idea of the process we are using. If you would like to participate, please send us a note, or click on the link on the bottom of this page.
Initial Records Search:Identifying Veterans: The Ohio county recorders maintain veteran burial cards, either alphabetically by the county or by cemetery. We are attempting to manually review these indexes - they typically include the war in which the veteran served, the year of death, cemetery, location within the cemetery, and service information. Some of them also include birth date and location. At least one county (Franklin) provides on-line access (but you cannot search by war served).
The older burial cards were prepared as a WPA Project (Works Progress Administration), and in most counties WPA cemetery maps were also developed. These provide a drawing of the individual plots in each cemetery, along with a key to identify veteran locations and war served. These maps are an excellent help in both identifying veterans and also helping to find their location, given that many of the gravestones are weathered and difficult to read. Again, at least one county (Hamilton) provides on-line access to these maps.
|Locating the cemetery: The
Geographic Names Information System, from the USGS (US
Geological Survey) is a searchable database that provides the
latitude and longitude of named points - such as cemeteries
(this was the source of the locations used within this index for
the majority of cemeteries). The GNIS also searches with
variant names - for example, if the WPA burial card identifies a
veteran in the Edgar Cemetery in Franklin County, searching for
the Edgar Cemetery in the GNIS shows us that the cemetery is now
known as the Havens Cemetery, and provides us the location.
The Ohio Genealogy Society has published Ohio Cemeteries: 1803-2003 which provides locations, history, and variant cemetery names. Where there are several names in use, we generally use the name suggested by the OGS or on the sign at the cemetery. This book is available in libraries and is very helpful for researching abandoned cemeteries - for example the Clark Cemetery in Frankin county does not exist on the GNIS, and in the OGS book we are informed that the cemetery has been covered in blacktop.
|Field Work: Visiting the Cemetery: Once you have an idea of who should be in a particular
cemetery, it is time to visit the cemetery and attempt to locate
the gravesites. Using the WPA map (if available), or
simply walking the rows, we try to find the veterans which have
been identified. When found, we photograph the family
group, the individual stones, and any close-ups that may help to
better read the stone.
Some of the gravesites will be marked with a bronze veteran marker (and perhaps an American Flag). Occasionally we will find a War of 1812 Veteran marked that we did not expect, these can be documented for further research.
From the tombstones, we attempt to transcribe the available information, particularly the exact date of birth and death. Typically the date of death is provided, and the birth date or the age in years, months, and days is given. Hopefully the wife's stone is nearby, and that can be recorded also.
We also record the GPS coordinates of the location (using a GPS enabled smart-phone) to aid in finding the stone in the future.
We would welcome your assistance in helping our
efforts to document the War of 1812 Veteran Grave Index. The link
below allows volunteers to "reserve" particular cemeteries for
photography and data collection to avoid having multiple volunteers
duplicating efforts to photograph and collect data at the same cemetery.
Volunteer Reservation Screen
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