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Michigan, Civil War Centennial Observance Commission, Committee on Civil War Grave Registration, Burial Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Michigan, 
United States
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Location of Michigan
Record Description
Record Type Grave registrations
Collection years Various years
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What is in This Collection?

Burial records for Civil War veterans compiled by the Michigan Civil War Centennial Observance Commission Committee on Civil War Grave Registration. Microfilm of the original records are located in the Michigan State Archives in Lansing, Michigan.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Birth date
  • Death date and place
  • Date of enlistment
  • Regiment name
  • Cemetery name

Collection Content

Sample Image

Grave Registration 1887

How Do I Search the Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of your ancestor
  • Approximate death date
  • Place of burial

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  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the birth date or year to search for birth records
  • Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records
  • Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church and land records
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Michigan.

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Citing this Collection

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