Thursday, September 8, 2011

Arlington National Cemetery Gravesite Accountability Task Force

Are your ancestors buried in Arlington National Cemetery?

The Gravesite Accountability Task Force has been charged with verifying all cemetery records for the nearly 260,000 people who have been interred at Arlington since 1864.
The Task Force is to verify cemetery records, and fix discrepancies. The Old Guard (the Army unit responsible for manning the Tomb of the Unknowns 24×365) has responsibility for photographing every tombstone front and back.  Target date for completion of photography is end of October 2011.

All existing documents and records are being scanned. All digital information will be cross referenced and verified, and made public on the cemetery's website.
Read more in the Fort Bragg Patch.

It is currently possible to locate a grave and get a temporary pass to drive there, but it is a time consuming process.  The new database should make the search easier and more accurate.

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