HONOR THE FALLEN: FINDING DEATH & BURIAL RECORDS
OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS & VETERANS, 1775-2008

Copyright (c) 2010-2012 by St. Louis Public Library. All rights reserved.

* BUDER BRANCH LIBRARY
* ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
* 26 APRIL 2012


RECORDS IN COUNTY COURTHOUSES

  1. Military discharge papers
  2. Soldier naturalizations
  3. Bounty applications, records, & correspondence
  4. Bounty & homestead lands
  5. Almshouse & asylum records
  6. Powers of attorney
  7. Will & estate records
  8. Veteran burials & rolls of honor
  9. Guardianship & apprentice records


SOURCES OF COURTHOUSE RECORDS, INCLUDING COURT RECORDS

  1. County courthouses
  2. State archives
  3. Genealogical & historical societies
  4. Libraries (indexes, transcriptions, and abstracts in books or genealogical periodicals)


RECORDS OF GENEALOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

  1. Patriotic & fraternal organizations
  2. County histories
  3. Letters, diaries, & oral histories
  4. Photographs, artworks, & cartoons
  5. Newspapers
  6. Plat books & county atlases
  7. Society publications (PERSI)
  8. Burial & cemetery records
  9. Rolls of honor/veteran records


LOCATING LOCAL LIBRARIES & LIBRARY CATALOGS

  1. Cyndi's List-Libraries, Archives, & Museums List
  2. PublicLibraries.com
  3. Librarians Serving Genealogists-Genealogy Libraries on the WWW
  4. LibWeb-Library Servers Via the WWW
  5. MERLIN Catalog (Missouri universities)
  6. Find-It Illinois (Illinois statewide library catalog)
  7. Worldcat.org (union catalog of 10,000+ libraries worldwide)


USEFUL KEYWORDS FOR BOOLEAN LIBRARY CATALOG SEARCHES

  1. adjutant and general's
  2. burials and Missouri
  3. casualties and war
  4. cemetery and war
  5. Civil and War and soldiers
  6. compiled and service
  7. Confederate and soldiers
  8. militia and war
  9. muster and soldiers
  10. officers and registers
  11. pensioners and war
  12. pensions and war
  13. prisoners and war
  14. regiment and Missouri
  15. regimental and Missouri
  16. registers and soldiers
  17. Revolutionary and soldiers
  18. roll and honor
  19. rosters and soldiers
  20. soldiers and genealogy
  21. soldiers and Missouri
  22. veterans and Missouri
  23. volunteer and Missouri

BIBLIOGRAPHY

A. Books

  1. American Women and the U.S. Armed Forces: a Guide to the Records of Military Agencies in the National Archives Relating to American Women. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992. ST-355.0082
  2. Eisenberg, Norman. "20th Century Veterans' Service Records: Safe, Secure- and Available." Prologue Magazine 37:1 (Spring 2005): available online at NARA web site.
  3. Hull, Theodore J. "The World War II Army Enlistment Records File and Access to Archival Databases." Prologue Magazine 38:1 (Spring 2006): available online at NARA web site.
  4. Knox, Debra Johnson. WWII Military Records: a Family Historian's Guide. Spartanburg, SC: MIE Publications, 2003. HG-940.546773
  5. McManus, Stephen, Donald Thompson, and Thomas Churchill. Civil War Research Guide: a Guide for Researching Your Civil War Ancestor. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2003. HG-973.7072
  6. Mix, Ann Bennett. Touchstones: a Guide to Records, Rights, and Resources for Families of American World War II Casualties. Bountiful, UT: AGLL, 1996. HG-929.1
  7. National Archives. Federal Records of World War II. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1951. ST-940.52
  8. Neagles, James C. U.S. Military Records: a Guide to Federal and State Sources. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Publications, 1994. HG-929.30973
  9. Plante, Trevor K. "An Overview of Records at the National Archives Relating to Military Service." Prologue Magazine 34:3 (Fall 2002): available online at NARA web site.
  10. Researching Japanese War Crimes Records: Introductory Essays. Washington, DC: Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group, 2006. DO-AE1.102: W19/2
  11. Schaefer, Christina K. The Great War: a Guide to the Service Records of All the World's Fighting Men and Volunteers. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1998. HG-940.3
  12. Schweitzer, George K. Civil War Genealogy: a Basic Research Guide for Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors. Knoxville, TN: G. K. Schweitzer, 1988. HG-973.74
  13. United States. National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives Records Relating to the Korean War. Washington, DC: National Archives & Records Administration, 2003. DO-AE124.103
  14. United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Records Relating to American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action from the Vietnam War. Washington, DC: National Archives & Records Administration, 1996. DO-AE124.90
  15. United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Records Relating to Personal Participation in World War II: American Military Casualties and Burials. Washington, DC: National Archives & Records Administration, 1993. DO-AE1.I24:82

B. Websites

  1. AirForceTimes.com: http://www.airforcetimes.com/
  2. American Battle Monuments Commission: http://www.abmc.gov/search/index.php
  3. Armed Services Casualty Offices: https://kb.defense.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/477/~/military-casualty-office
  4. Army Casualty Assistance Website: https://www.hrc.army.mil/TAGD/CMAOC
  5. Army Mortuary Affairs History Page: http://www.qmfound.com/mortuary-affairs.htm
  6. ArmyTimes.com:http://www.armytimes.com/
  7. Casualty Calls Assistance Officer's Guide to Benefits & Entitlements: http://www.public.navy.mil/BUPERS-NPC/SUPPORT/CASUALTY/CACO/Pages/default.aspx
  8. Coast Guard Casualty Assistance: http://www.uscg.mil/hswlBoston/docs/decedentAffairs%20CASUALTYASSISTANCEGUIDE1.pdf
  9. Cyndi's List - Cemetery Mailing Lists: http://www.cyndislist.com/cemetery.htm
  10. Cyndi's List: Libraries, Archives, & Museums: http://www.cyndislist.com/courthouses.htm
  11. CNN-- Iraq & Afghanistan U.S. & Coalition Casualties: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/index.html
  12. Find-a-Grave: http://www.findagrave.com/
  13. Find-It Illinois! Statewide Illinois Library Catalog: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/
  14. Genealogical, Historical, & Lineage Societies in Illinois: http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=44
  15. Google Book Search: http://books.google.com/books
  16. Google Electronic Text Archives: http://www.dmoz.org/Arts/Literature/Electronic_Text_Archives/
  17. Illinois County Courthouse Addresses: http://www.genealogy.com/00000242.html
  18. Illinois Honor Roll (1929): http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/honorroll.html
  19. Illinois Digital Archives: http://www.idaillinois.org/
  20. Illinois Regional Archives Depositories: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/IRAD/iradholdings.html
  21. Illinois State Archives Online Databases: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/home.html
  22. Librarians Serving Genealogists: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~holdiman/LSG/libraries.html
  23. Making of America: http://moa.cit.cornell.edu/moa/
  24. MERLIN Catalog: http://laurel.lso.missouri.edu/
  25. Military Times Hall of Valor: http://militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/
  26. Missing Air Crew Reports: http://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/missing-air-crew-reports.html
  27. Missouri Soldiers Database: http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/soldiers/
  28. Missouri State Archives: http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/
  29. Mothers & Widows Pilgrimage, 1930 (Illinois listings): http://genealogytrails.com/ill/ww1mothers.html
  30. National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/
  31. National Archives- Prologue http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/
  32. National Personnel Records Center: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/
  33. Nationwide Gravesite Locator: http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1
  34. Navy Casualty Assistance: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/casualty/Pages/default2.aspx
  35. NavyTimes.com: http://www.navytimes.com/
  36. NY Times Casualties of War-Faces of the Dead: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/us/20061228_3000FACES_TAB1.html
  37. Obituary Daily Times: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/
  38. "Our Honored Dead" (article in the Army Quartermaster Review): http://www.qmmuseum.lee.army.mil/mortuary/Honored_Dead.htm
  39. Pearl Harbor Casualties- Deaths by Location, Fort, & Ship: http://www.pearlharbor.org/history/casualties/pearl-harbor-casualties/
  40. PERSI (Periodical Source Index): http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3165
  41. Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
  42. Public Libraries.com: http://www.publiclibraries.com/
  43. Society Hill Directory of U.S., Canadian, & Australian Genealogical & HistoricalSocieties: http://www.daddezio.com/society/
  44. Social Security Death Index: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693
  45. State Summary of WWII Casualties for the Navy, Marines, & Coast Guard: http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/ww2/navy-casualties/
  46. Union Soldiers Wounded or Buried in Southwest Missouri, 1861-1865: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~judysstuff/burials/02.htm
  47. United States Navy Memorial: http://www.lonesailor.org/
  48. University of Missouri Digital Library: http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/
  49. Vietnam Veterans' Memorial: http://thewall-usa.com/
  50. Waymarking.com: http://www.waymarking.com/
  51. Worldcat.org: http://www.worldcat.org/
  52. WWII Honor List of Dead and Missing: Army & Army Air Corps: http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/ww2/army-casualties/


Tom Pearson, Reference Librarian
Special Collections Department
St. Louis Public Library
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
314-539-0381
tpearson@slpl.org

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