Where’s Waldo (Buried)?

If you are looking for the grave of a restless spirit who seemed to have no fixed place of abode, it might not be enough to search this record collection: U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current Maybe this restless spirit didn’t die in the U.S.—maybe he or she died in another country. If so, there’s…
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Nineteenth Century Female Students

The following record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) includes a large variety of publications listing the names of students, faculty, alumni, and others associated with various public and private educational institutions: U.S., High School Student Lists, 1821-1923 Most of these publications were produced prior to 1900. 35 states are represented, plus Washington, D.C…
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Consigned to the Briny Deeps

Given that ships have now sailed/steamed the seven seas for hundreds of years, it should be no surprise that many persons have been buried at sea. This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) includes thousands of such burials: Global, Find a Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current…
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Confederate Cemeteries

It is possible to search for burials of Confederate soldiers in Confederate cemeteries-—and by Confederate cemeteries, I mean cemeteries that include the word “Confederate” in their names. There appear to be two main types of “Confederate” cemeteries: Cemeteries attached to wartime prison camps in northern states Cemeteries in southern states created specifically to honor local…
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He Wasn’t Kidding

In a speech after the war ended, General William Tecumseh Sherman famously said, “War is Hell.” Lest we begin to forget what a calamity war can truly be, consider for a moment American military losses in the Civil War: Approximately 620,000 military deaths (both sides, all causes) That’s 2% of the total population at that…
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Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries

I’m sure many of you are aware that the federal government maintains national cemeteries where veterans and their spouses may be buried at government expense. You may not know, however, that many states (Missouri included) maintain veteran cemeteries for their own veterans. The five Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries are located at: Bloomfield (Stoddard County) Ft…
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Burials of Epidemic Victims

If your ancestor was the victim of a 19th century epidemic, it’s possible his or her burial is listed in this Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) record collection: U.S., Find a Grave, 1600s-Current Widespread epidemics that killed numerous persons in a short span of time created the need for additional burial places, and often led…
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