Friday, December 2, 2011

U.S. Veterans Grave Locator

I came across the grave locator website of the Department of Veterans Affairs while perusing the Research Toolbox of the blog Ancestrally Challenged (there are other helpful websites listed there, too).  On the Veterans Affairs grave locator website, you can find burials for veterans and their family members who are in Veterans Administration National Cemeteries, state cemeteries for veterans, military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and in private cemeteries if the veteran has a government grave marker. However, they don’t have information for people buried in private cemeteries before 1997. (Please see the website for more information.)

My maternal grandfather William Redles is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, so of course his grave is listed. 

William L Redles grave cropped

This was the gravestone at my grandfather William Liming Redles’ grave in Arlington National Cemetery when I was there in the late 1980s or early 1990s.  It has since been replaced by a newer one.  See

My dad Albert Pendleton is buried in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Valdosta, Georgia.  He died in 2006 and has a government grave marker, so his location is listed as well:


My dad’s government grave marker in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Valdosta, Georgia.  (Photograph taken in September 2007.)

Below are screen shots of the grave locations of my grandfather and my dad from the Veterans grave locator website:


My maternal grandfather, William Liming Redles.  He appears twice, once with his middle initial and once with his middle name spelled out.


My father, Albert S. Pendleton, Jr.

I looked up a few more of my family members who fought in the Civil War or World War II, but I didn’t find a listing.  I think most of them are buried in private cemeteries and probably without government grave markers.  It was worth a try.  I’m bookmarking this grave locator website for future reference! 


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